Angelfish Care (Pterophyllum scalare)

Angelfish Care (Pterophyllum scalare)

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Common Name Angelfish
Scientific Name Pterophyllum scalare
Alternate Names
Species Group Angelfish
Care Level Easy
Average Adult Size 6.0 inches / 152 mm
Maximum Adult Size 6.0 inches / 152 mm
Lifespan 8 – 9 years

Water Parameters

pH Temperature Hardness (GH)
6.0 – 7.4 76 – 86 F / 24 – 30 C 0 – 15 dGH

Note: These are the ranges tolerable for individuals of this species. Towards the middle of this range tends to be best for most species. However, keeping water parameters stable and consistent tend to be more important than hitting a specific number.


  • Swimming Level: Mid
  • Overall Aggressiveness: Semi aggressive
  • Aggressiveness Own Species: Semi aggressive
  • Aggressiveness Other Species: Semi aggressive
  • Ideal Number: Any
  • M:F Ratio – 1:1
  • Live Plants: Yes


Diet Type: Omnivore
Food Preferences: Flakes, pellets, live, frozen

Food Recommendations

Variety tends to be key in promoting health of aquatic life. Along with the food preferences listed above here are the top three food Aquarium API recommends for this species. These are Amazon Affiliate links and purchases help support the site.

Hikari Tropical Micro Wafers Buy on Amazon
Hikari Freeze Dried Blood Worms

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Hikari Vibra Bites Buy on Amazon

Tank Setup

Substrate Any
Light Moderate
Water Current Low
Decorations Moderate
Minimum Tank Size 29 gallons / 109 liters

Note: The minimum tank size refers to the tank volume for the smallest ideal adult stocking quantity seen in the compatibility section. For a species that does not have a minimum number the tank size refers to the minimum for a single adult species.

Recommended Setup

Below are recommendations for setting up an aquarium of the minimum tank size for this species. These are Amazon Affiliate links and purchases help support the site.

Skroutz Aquarium Starter Kit 29 Gallon Buy on Amazon
MarineLand Penguin 200 BIO-Wheel Power Filter

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boxtech Aquarium Heater 100W Buy on Amazon

Additional Notes

No additional notes about this species.

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