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Different Types of Freshwater Angelfish

When you organize your aquarium, you spend a long time thinking about the varieties of fish you want to have.

You know everything from the lighting to the plants depends on you, which is why you don’t want to rush into this decision. Besides, some fish need a lot of care while others don’t have any special requirements such as bettas.

In your search, you may have come across Pterophyllum Scalare or “Angelfish”; an appealing-looking fish in any tank that won’t spend your entire budget to care for.

Angelfish live in freshwater aquariums and come in a variety of colors and shapes. If you are considering getting an angelfish, read the rest of this post…

Freshwater Angelfish

With the ease of cross-breeding, there are an increase in the number of angelfish species today. Here are some of the most common types and their particularities:

Zebra Angelfish

Freshwater angelfish - zebra angelfish

The name comes from the stripes of this fish; while other varieties have only three stripes, this kind can have four or five. Most of the time they are smaller than other angelfish, but this also makes them faster.

They have no special requirements, but it is recommended to not keep them in the same aquarium with large fish that can harm them.

Veil Angelfish

Freshwater Angelfish - Veil Angelfish

The most popular types of angelfish found in tanks and one of the most beautiful ones. Their fins are long, but if you try to keep this fish with other aggressive species, they will have their fins bit.

The good thing is that this angelfish can be combined with any other color angelfish.

Pay attention to the temperature of the water because this fish is sensitive to variations of temperature.

Marble Angelfish

freshwater angelfish - marbled angelfish

Very similar to the Veil Angelfish only with much shorter fins. It has a silver base with a black pattern and sometimes an orange line on the top of the fish.

This angelfish is pretty resistant to disease and does not require special conditions.

Albino Angelfish

Freshwater angelfish - albino angelfish

Considered a genetic mutation since it lacks any black color on its body, the Albino has red eyes and a short life span, no matter the conditions you provide.

Their body can have gold or yellow stripes and they are highly sensitive to any disease.

Leopard Angelfish

freshwater angelfish - leopard angelfish

This type is not as common as the others, but it looks extraordinary in a well-organized tank. Instead of stripes, the Leopard Angelfish has spots.

In order to keep this pattern when they are adults, you need to provide a specific amount of light otherwise, the pigment will change and the spots will disappear.

Ghost Angelfish

This type has the common body shape, but the only difference is the color. This fish lacks any track of pigmentation, so its entire body is silver.

Black Lace Angelfish

freshwater angelfish - black lace angelfish

The opposite of the Ghost Angelfish, this type is almost completely black due to excessive pigmentation. This fish is very common in aquariums, although many people prefer the more colorful kind.

However, if the aquarium has the right amount of light you can sometimes see traces of their natural pattern.

Smokey Angelfish

This fish has a combination of black and silver, but the giving a gray appearance.

Gold Angelfish

freshwater angelfish - gold angelfish

The Gold Angelfish is very popular and it has a very specific color.

The fish is half silver and half gold, even though the young fish don’t have a very clear golden color, but by their first year of life in the right condition, they will develop golden hues.

You don’t have to worry about their requirements too much, but you have to make sure that the aquarium has proper lights.

Blushing Angelfish

freshwater angelfish - blushing angelfish

The name comes from the two red gills that make this fish look like it is blushing. The gill color can vary from pale orange to bright red, depending on the parentage.

The body is usually golden, but in some fish you will also notice a silver shade.

In general, the golden color is after they reach maturity.

Koi Angelfish

freshwater angelfish - koi angelfish

Most people have heard of Koi Carp, but many never thought the carp and angelfish could be combined. Well, they can be and the result is spectacular.

The Koi Angelfish can have a variety of colors from gold to bright orange with black spots.

In summary…

There you have it. 11 of the most common types of angelfish for your freshwater aquarium. These fishes are pretty hardy and suitable for beginner aquarist. Even so, you still need to have a proper setup with adequate lighting and filter.

Have fun choosing your angelfish and feel free to share your angelfish with us on our FB page – The Aquarium Guide.

10 thoughts on “Different Types of Freshwater Angelfish

  1. Hello… Happy Holidays to y’all. ?.. I bought an Angelfish, a couple of months ago. I think it’s a girl, but can u plz help me figure out its gender. Black, yellow, n her back fin, is clear.. I just bought a veil one yesterday. I thought it wld be nice for Zeus (my first angel), to have a friend.

    1. Normaly I check the tube of the angelfish.if the tube is big and blunt means it’s a female fish and if it’s small means it’s a male angelfish. It’s works everytime for me! I breed my angelfish twice with that tips.

  2. One set (2) angels alone in tank…what accounts for their constant agressive behaviour towards one another ?

    1. Couple issues. Can be two females or two males. can be a male and a female and one isn’t interested in mating due to age or dislike for the other.

      It’s best to always get a group of 6 or more at a time, it seems to give them more options for mates and spreads out the aggressive behavior instead of one getting picked on all the time.

      If it doesn’t work, it’s not likely to get any better unless it’s one that is ready to mate and one that isn’t ready yet.
      if it’s male/male or female/female, it will continue as one will want to be dominant and keep it’s territory from the other angelfish.

      I currently have 3 angels in a large tank, one paired up and lays eggs, and the other fish is shunned and chased off to the other side of the tank, that won’t change because the mated pair will chase off the 3rd wheel to keep it away from their mate.

      It will just get worse if I add more angels to the mix, the mated pair will claim everything as theirs and attack the others if they come near, and it just gets worse if they lay eggs. I have a half dozen dime size I am growing out in a 20 gallon tank I intend to put to my big tank and then move the mated pair out to the 20 gallon, hopefully to get babies I can raise up to further stock the big tank.

      If they are attacking each other, its usually dominance and they won’t breed with each other, unless it’s an age issue where one is mature and the other isn’t yet. if they are attacking everything in the tank, it’s usually a mated pair marking out territory to breed.

      Hope it help a little. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out and one gets really aggressive and has to be separated to stop the fighting.

  3. I currently have approximately 40 6 month old mixed angelfish mother and father and half of the babies were lost Thanksgiving I love them I know my tank is not big enough to be able to keep all of them what do I do I am absolutely lost this is my first ever fish tank and bless their little hearts they have been such Troopers how I still have all of them I have no idea other than I am blessed that they chose me to be their mom or grandma rather please anybody wishing to give me any ideas as to what I can afford to do with my fish or how can I get rid of them please help comment on here or if it allows you to get my email I don’t know I’ve never done this but any suggestions are welcome thank you have a blessed day

    1. You are so lucky! I bet you could easily sell them once they have a little size online. You might be able to sell to a small, family-owned pet store too. Good luck.

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