Cichlid - Angelfish

Possibly the most recognized freshwater fish in the aquarium hobby, angelfish belong to the family Cichlidae.  Admired for their graceful swimming behavior, angelfish make stunning additions to large community aquariums.  Wild caught angelfish are rare in the aquarium hobby, with most fish for sale being captive raised.  Wild angelfish are silver with black vertical stripes, however, through selective breeding, many color patterns as well as long-finned varieties, known as “veiltails” have been developed over the years.  Most angelfish sold in the hobby are Pterophyllum scalare, however, P. altum is occasionally available.  A third species, P. leopoldi, the smallest and most aggressive species of angelfish, is almost never seen.