Scientific Name: Pterophyllum scalare
Ease of Care: Moderate
Approximate Arrival Size: 1 to 3 inches
Approximate Full Size: 6 inches
Native Region: South America
The Blue Angel is a beautiful addition to any freshwater angelfish collection where the keeper wants to have something a little different in the mix. They show varying degrees of blue tint from specimen to specimen, and that blue tint will come out better under good lighting and with good water quality and quality food. The blue color will also tend to come out more as the fish mature and grow, and may be only lightly visible on young juveniles.
Freshwater Angels prefer softer, acidic water, but since nearly all are now farm raised, you may see spawning under less than natural conditions. As an omnivore, Angelfish will eat most prepared diets and love a treat of live worms. They will require good water quality, so frequent partial water changes are required. Tankmates can include most of the "community fish", as long as they are too large to be eaten by the Angelfish and are not fin nippers. It is probably safe to say that almost everyone who has a freshwater aquarium has had Angelfish at one time or another.