Best Types of Angelfish for a Freshwater Aquarium

Marble Angelfish (pterophyllum scalare) isolated in tank fish with blurred background

Freshwater aquarium owners love angelfish, especially beginner aquarium owners. That’s because they’re one of the most attractive and active fish that you can keep in your tank, and they’re relatively easy to care for as well.

If you’re thinking about getting an angelfish, then you probably have questions about which type to get and how to care for it properly.

This article answers all of those questions by providing some tips on choosing the best types of angelfish for your freshwater aquarium and how to care for each one properly.


Dwarf angelfish

The dwarf angelfish is among one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish. It grows up to three inches in length and has an average lifespan of between five and seven years. They’re social, hardy, active, and peaceful.

They like to be in schools or pairs when kept with other types of fish so they’re compatible with bettas, gouramis, swordtails, neon tetras, and danios. These are omnivores that eat algae and some plants; however, their diet should consist mainly of live foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and mosquito larvae.


Butterfly angelfish

This is one of nature’s most whimsical creations. The males have bright yellow tails, giving them their name, and are adorned with reds, blues, and greens on other parts of their bodies. Females feature hints of yellow or orange in their tails as well.

These fish are reef safe but need plenty of room to swim. You can keep two males together if you have a very large tank (at least 200 gallons). They will fight over territory if there isn’t enough space, so you may want to keep only one male per tank.

If you have multiple females, they can be kept together as long as they aren’t competing for a single male. If your tank has live rock, these fish will hide among it during the day and come out at night to feed on brine shrimp or similar food.

They require an aggressive filtration system due to their high waste output. When choosing your butterfly angelfish, make sure that its coloration is vibrant; dull colors mean that it’s unhealthy.


Marble angelfish

Considered among one of the best types of angelfish for a freshwater aquarium, marble angelfish are gorgeous creatures. Their colors are dark and very striking, ranging from orange to white or even blue-white. They’re also quite small in size, making them great tank mates.

Marbles don’t require as much space as other types of angelfish do, so they don’t eat up all your tank space if you want to add more fish. They have a peaceful temperament and can live with most species of fish.

However, they may nip at long fins such as those on guppies and mollies, so it’s best to keep these guys away from any long-finned species. The only downside is that marbles tend to be shy at first when introduced into an aquarium; give them time to adjust before adding any other fish.


Crowntail angelfish

The crowntail angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) has become quite popular in recent years. Native to Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil, it is one of more than two dozen species of angelfish that can be found in freshwater rivers throughout South America.

It is also known as two-tone angelfish because males often display bright red-orange coloration with brilliant blue vertical stripes running from head to tail. Females are brown or gray with horizontal lines across their bodies.

These fish are relatively small, growing only about six inches long. They are omnivores and feed on plant matter such as algae along with meaty foods like brine shrimp and bloodworms. Crowntail angelfish should not be kept in tanks smaller than 30 gallons due to their aggressive nature; they will eat any other fish small enough to fit into their mouths!


Goldflake angelfish

Let’s start with one of the most stunning freshwater angelfish species. These beauties are members of Nandidae family, so called after their scientific name, genus Nandus. Goldflake angelfish or goldflake (Nandus nandus) is also known as netted angelfish and belongs to the subfamily Cichlinae.

This is a medium-sized fish that can reach up to 7 inches in length. It has an elongated body covered in brown spots on its back and sides, while its belly is white. The male fish have bigger fins than females do, but both sexes have black-tipped dorsal fin spines that form an attractive contrast against their golden bodies.

If you want your tank to look like it came straight out of National Geographic magazine then you should definitely consider adding these beautiful creatures into your tank! Check out more articles here!


Albino Angelfish

The Albino Angelfish, also known as Pacific Albino Cardinalfish, is among one only a few Cardinal fish that can tolerate freshwater and can live comfortably in an aquarium. They prefer to hide amongst rocks or driftwood and typically keep to themselves. They are omnivorous; eating both plants and animals.

Albinos come in many sizes ranging from 4-8 inches. In order to maintain their coloring, they need a diet rich in algae, which they will eat off of decorations such as driftwood. A diet high in protein is not recommended because it could alter their coloring.


Black Lace Angelfish

As most aquarists know, Black Lace Angelfish is one of the most commonly found freshwater fish in pet stores and in tanks across America. Native to Southeast Asia, they are capable of surviving temperatures ranging from 68-82 degrees Fahrenheit.

This makes them both reliable and easy to care for. Their black stripes, white bellies, and blue tails make them highly attractive. These fish enjoy living in heavily planted aquariums with fast-moving water flow, but watch out—they also enjoy eating live plants!

In order to keep your Black Lace Angelfish healthy, it’s important that you feed them a diet rich in algae and plant matter. They should be fed daily, as their appetite can become insatiable if left unfed for too long. Remember: just because these fish look pretty doesn’t mean they don’t need proper care!


Black Veil Angelfish

The Black Veil Angelfish are peaceful, good community fish and can live together with other species without much problem. The Black Veil angel is one of the hardiest types, but it has a bad reputation because it is prone to disease.

If you want to put them in your tank with other species, they should be fine as long as they have appropriate tank mates. They need more space than most angelfish species, so make sure that you provide them with plenty of room to swim around. They will grow to about 5 inches in length and live up to 10 years if cared for properly.

These angels are easygoing and like most angelfish will pick at algae from rocks or plants if there isn’t enough food available for them to eat (which should never happen). They aren’t aggressive towards other fish, which makes them great community aquarium fish!


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