15 Different Types of Freshwater Angelfish

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Introduction 

Freshwater fish account for most pets held around the world, so it’s no wonder that they’re many people’s first choice of pet. The majority of the species we’ll look at here are low-maintenance, provide beauty and color to your house, and are enjoyable to observe. Freshwater fish keepers reap many health benefits, including reduced stress and decreased blood pressure and heart rate. Most individuals who start the fishkeeping hobby become hooked very fast, primarily because fish are so lovely to watch and have unique personalities. 

Pterophyllum Scalare, or freshwater angelfish, is a cichlid species native to South America. These fish can be found in various river systems throughout Colombia, Guyana, French Guiana, Peru, and Brazil, including the Rio Oyapock, the Rio Essequibo, and the Amazon itself. This class can reach a total length of 6 inches and a height of 8 inches. Like most cichlids, they have a laterally compressed body structure, which essentially means they are pretty thin. Solid silver, multicolor stripes, and black-and-silver marble are among the hues and patterns available for these fish. Freshwater angelfish are generally calm as a species. However, they may not get along with tiny species. These fish have a ten-year lifespan and prefer to be housed in tanks with other fish of their kind.

Angelfish members are the Cichlidae family, including some of the most well-known freshwater fish in the hobby. Angelfish are beautiful compliments to big community aquariums because of their graceful swimming habit. Angelfish caught in the wild are unique in the aquarium hobby, with most fish for sale being captive-bred.

Read on to look at some of the most popular species now accessible in the freshwater aquarium business. 

Types of Freshwater Angelfish

Zebra Angelfish 

The name stems from the fact that this fish can have four or five stripes, while others only have three. They are usually smaller than other angelfish, but this allows them to move faster. They don’t have any unique needs, but it’s best not to keep them in the same aquarium as colossal fish that could injure them. 

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) up to 10 inches
Temperature  72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level  55 gallons or larger
Lifespan up to 10 years

Veil Angelfish

The most popular type of angelfish is found in tanks and is 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.

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) 6-12 inches
Temperature  72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level  30-gallon fish tank
Lifespan 10-12 years

Marble 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.

The Marble angelfish looks much like the Zebra angelfish. Its name comes from the fact that it can have black, white, and yellow colors in marbled patterns. The Marble, like the Zebra, prefers to live in warm water conditions. However, because they thrive in slightly acidic water, it’s ideal for maintaining the tank somewhat acidic. 

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) 6 inches
Temperature  72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level  30-gallon
Lifespan up to 10 years

Albino Angelfish

Another variety that is bred in aquariums is the Albino. The Amazon river does not have this form. Their forefathers had white and silver fur and orange eyes, and they preferred to live in locations with many plants and roots, which provided both protection from larger predators and insects like larvae and worms. Medium-sized fish should be kept along with Albinos. This is because albinos will ambush smaller fish and eat them all at once.

You can serve them both cold and live food because of their nature. But, because they move slowly, make sure everyone gets a piece. 

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) 6 inches
Temperature  72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level  30 gallons
Lifespan Up to 10 years 

Leopard Angelfish 

The Leopard angelfish is bred from a variety of angelfish found in the Amazon River with similar markings to the Leopard angelfish. The color and overall appearance resemble that of a natural leopard, hence the name. This kind is less common than the others, but it looks fantastic in a well-organized tank. The Leopard Angelfish has spots instead of stripes. You must offer a precise amount of light to retain this pattern when they are adults. Otherwise, the pigment will alter, and the spots will disappear. It’s critical to maintain optimal tank conditions because of the lighting. Otherwise, the fish’s patterns and colors would quickly fade. 

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) 6 inches
Temperature 72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level 40 gallons
Lifespan 10 years or more

Ghost Angelfish

The Ghost Angelfish is a category rather than a specific breed. Many types of Ghosts are available, but the Grey Ghost Angelfish is the most widespread. The only difference between this type and the others is the color. Because this fish has no pigmentation, its entire body is silver.

However, some of them may spawn stripes as they grow older, but this isn’t always the case. The Ghost Angelfish is an excellent match for the preceding Platinum. They have a similar appearance and have no detrimental effects on one another.

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) 6-8 inches
Temperature  72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level  20 gallons
Lifespan Up to 10 years 

Black Lace Angelfish 

Due to extreme pigmentation, this variety is almost black, the polar opposite of the Ghost Angelfish. Although many people prefer the more colorful kind, this fish is pretty prevalent in aquariums. However, if the aquarium is well-lit, you may be able to detect traces of their native pattern. The Black Lace Angelfish is a calmer species that does not seem to enjoy being in a noisy environment. This type is not an active swimmer, unlike the ones already stated. 

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) 14 inches
Temperature  72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level  20 gallons
Lifespan Up to 10 years 

Smokey Angelfish 

This angelfish isn’t the most colorful, as its name suggests. It does, however, appear to be magnificent. The Smokey has designs across its body due to its deeper coloration. In no way are these designs symmetrical. They can range from absolute black to grey in intensity. The black coloration on the fish’s body will increase as it grows older. And as time passes, they may even darken.

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) 7 inches
Temperature  72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level  30 gallons
Lifespan Up to 10 years 

Gold Angelfish 

This is again another Veil angelfish, but this one is gold-colored. The Gold Angelfish is possibly the most gorgeous of all the fish in this article. The Gold Angelfish is a popular fish with a distinct hue. Even if the newborn fish do not have a pronounced golden color, they will develop golden hues during their first year of life if kept in the appropriate conditions. To ensure that they thrive in your aquarium, you must maintain the proper water parameters at all times. Gold Angelfish, native to the Amazon River, requires an aquarium with plenty of flora, wood, and rocks.

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) 6 inches
Temperature  72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level  30 gallons
Lifespan Up to 10 years 

Blushing Angelfish 

The color of this angelfish is significantly distinct from the others. The only color on the fish’s body is a pair of flushing cheeks, which you can perceive. The name stems from the fish’s two crimson gills, which give it a blushing appearance. Depending on the paternity, the gill color can range from pale orange to vivid red. Aside from that, it has no pigmentation anywhere on its body. The water composition is identical to that of the previously described breeds. 

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) 6 inches
Temperature  72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level  30 gallons
Lifespan Up to 10 years 

Koi Angelfish 

The Koi Angelfish looks a lot like the Blushing and Gold Angelfish we saw earlier. It combines the best of both worlds. If you like the patterns and colors of koi goldfish but want a tropical aquarium, the koi angelfish is an excellent solution. On the flattened angelfish body, you get the same shades of white, orange, and gold. A crimson patch appears underneath the eyes of juvenile Kois. However, this patch will fade away as they age, so don’t get attached. Some koi angelfish have black spots on their bodies, similar to marble angelfish. However, they don’t have stripes. The color of koi angelfish changes according to their mood. The orange tone darkens as they grow more agitated.

It may sound incredible, but it’s a red flag you should be aware of. It’s time to check on your fish if you detect color changes. The Koi Angelfish, like most other species, doesn’t require a lot of care. The temperature of the water and other factors can be easily controlled. This breed, like the others above, requires a minimum of a 30-gallon aquarium. 

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) 6 inches
Temperature  72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level  30 gallons
Lifespan Up to 10 years 

Silver Angelfish 

The Silver is the angelfish to have in your aquarium if you want a popular angelfish. They are unquestionably among the top three most popular angelfish breeds. What distinguishes them? Every Silver has three stripes on their body: one through the eye and two more through the rest of their body. They’re the color variety that looks the most like the species’ “wild type,” P. Scalare.

As you may assume, the color is Silver. If you’re looking for a fish that’s easy to care for, Silver is one of the best options. In general, the Silver Angelfish is an excellent choice for beginner aquarium owners who have limited expertise with fish. They are resilient angelfish that are among the easiest to care for.

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) 6 inches
Temperature  72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level  20 gallons
Lifespan Up to 10 years 

Platinum Angelfish 

The Platinum Angelfish is a basic but stunning breed that belongs in every angelfish collection. It is white or greyish in appearance, with no distinguishing features or patterns on its body. Platinum Angelfish was one of the first species to be kept in captivity, and it remains one of the most popular today. Because of its reputation, there have been numerous cross-breedings, resulting in a wide range of cultivars. These fish come in silver color with dark vertical stripes in the wild, but several kinds are available in the market, including Black, Gold, Marble, and others. Platinum is a white variety with blue or green tins. Diamond-shaped fish with spherical, laterally compressed bodies and triangular dorsal and anal fins. It is simple to look after. 

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) 6 inches
Temperature  72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level  30 gallons
Lifespan Up to 10 years 

Clown Angelfish

The Clown Angelfish is an uncommon breed of Angelfish, and finding one without putting in a lot of work may be challenging. These fish have a sophisticated pattern that forms spots of varying size and shape across their entire body. Clown Angelfish are more tranquil than other angelfish breeds and are simple to keep. Tall plants, rather than caves and rocks, are preferred by these fish in an aquarium with plenty of foliage and hiding spots. When it comes to appearance, the Clowns are arguably the most unexpected. There are never two Clown Angelfish that are alike. The majority of their bodies are covered in various shapes that vary from one Clown to the next. The forms are typically black. However, depending on their heredity, they can also be blended with orange. 

Species Caudovittatus
Size Range (length) 6 inches
Temperature  72 to 82°F
pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water Hardness Soft water under 15 dKH
Tank Level  30 gallons
Lifespan Up to 10 years 

FAQs

What colors do freshwater angelfish have?

Domestic freshwater angelfish results from decades of careful breeding of diverse color characteristics such as background body color, streaks, patches, marbled color (orange and black), and sometimes even operculum (gill cover) coloration. 

What are some tropical freshwater angelfish?

The species mentioned above are some great options for Tropical freshwater angelfish. 

Can goldfish live with angelfish?

Goldfish may dwell in huge numbers and are generally pleasant. Angelfish can be kept alongside other angelfish. However, they can be hostile. They have a high probability of preying on goldfish. Even if angelfish and goldfish could be securely housed in the same temperature water, the angelfish would most likely prey on the goldfish. 

Are angelfish aggressive?

While angelfish are generally calm creatures, they are cichlids and can be violent toward one another, particularly when seeking to mate and spawn. They will also devour smaller fish without hesitation. This does not indicate that they are violent, as many aquarists believe. They are opportunistic eaters who consume anything that fits in their mouths. Larger Tetras and Rasboras, Gouramis, peaceful Barbs, Rainbowfish, Corydoras, and other medium-sized catfish are good tankmates. 

In summary…

There you have it. 15 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 a 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 “15 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  2. 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

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