ANGELS IN DISGUISE
Creature Companions|January 2021
Mesmerizing, Fascinating, Enthralling… and what not! Angelfish are true ‘Angels in Disguise’. Their soft flowing lines and graceful movements bestow them with a unique aquatic angelic quality. Angelfish share some of the most spectacular-looking fish that you can keep in a marine aquarium. But surprisingly, we also have a Freshwater Angelfish! It is a beautiful fish from South America. Though not a true Angelfish, they get their name due to the wing-like shape of their fins; however, in reality, they are a type of Cichlid. Their exquisitely long fins trail behind them gracefully as they swim, creating a magnificent display! This species is gorgeous and has long been an excellent choice for many home aquarists.
Priyanka Kaushal

Angelfish come in a variety of colours and shapes. Despite the numerous types, there are only three species: the common (Pterophyllum scalare), the altum (Pterophyllum altum), and the Leopold’s (Pterophyllum leopoldi). Most common amongst these is Pterophyllum scalare.

When you organize your aquarium, you spend a long time thinking about the varieties of fish you want to have.

If you are considering getting an Angelfish, the following are some of the most popular Angelfish varieties kept as pets:

BLUSHING ANGELFISH

The name comes from the two red gills that make this fish look like it is blushing. Lack of pigmentation on the gill cover (operculum) allows the red colour of the gills to show through. The gill colour can vary from pale orange to bright red, depending on the parentage. This variety is sometimes simply referred to as ‘blushing angels’. They typically have no dusky markings at all and no hint of stripes. The body is usually golden, but in some fish you will also notice a silver shade. In general, the golden colour appears after they reach maturity.

ZEBRA ANGELFISH

This interesting variation has four to six stripes across the body, akin to those of a zebra, over a delicate, blue colouring underneath. Zebras are a little smaller than some of the other types. They are also a little faster and more active swimmers. Zebra Angelfish may develop red eyes when fully mature and in good health. They have no special requirements, but it is recommended to not keep them in the same aquarium with large fish that can harm them.

GOLD ANGELFISH

Golds feature a split pattern of silver and gold; even though the young fish don’t have a very clear golden colour, but by their first year of life in the right condition, they will develop golden hues.

Strange as it sounds, Gold Angelfish first popped up from a school of black lace fry. In the late 1960s, an Angelfish breeder in Milwaukee was surprised to find an oddly coloured fry in a single spawning of black lace angels. The colour was a buried recessive trait that happened to turn up in the batch.

Golden angels are now relatively common and are cross-bred with other varieties to create unusually coloured specimens. They have long, trailing fins, so consider their tank mates carefully. Surely, you do not want anyone nibbling on them when you are not watching. You don’t have to worry about their requirements too much, but you have to make sure that the aquarium has proper lights to bring out the best saturation of their colour.

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