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Up to 6" in length, the top and bottom fins spanning a greater distance in the Veil varieties.


Angelfish can survive on flake food alone, but they will thrive and be much more apt to breed on a greatly varied diet. Live foods such as Adult Brine Shrimp, Black Worms, Mosquito larvae, finely chopped earthworms and Guppy fry are accepted with enthusiasm and should be included regularly. If live food is not available, frozen packages of Blood Worms (Midge Fly larvae), Brine Shrimp and others are available from your favorite pet supply store and are acceptable substitutions for the live food. There are many dried foods available that will suffice too.
Raw beef heart, finely ground, mixed with unflavored gelatin and frozen immediately in small one serving size pieces is a good and
economical addition to your Angelfish diet. Be absolutely sure there is no fat in the meal.



I could not find the population of the angelfish.


Angelfish appear to have a maximum life span in the range of 10-12 years.


Emperor angelfish live near ledges and caves in areas of rich coral growth and on clear lagoon, channel or seaward reefs at depths of 3 to 233 feet (1 to 70 m).

Juvenile emperors live alone, hiding in reef holes and crevices in areas rich in coral growth and in clear lagoons, reef channels and outer reef flats. In some areas, juveniles hang out at shrimp cleaning stations and may occasionally help the shrimp pick off the parasites and dead skin of the fish waiting to be cleaned.


Angelfish natural habitat is Amazon River, South America.



The female may lay between 100 to 500 eggs at one time, depending on the maturity of the female. They may spawn over about a two hour period. The parents may eat their first spawns. Both parents care for the eggs and fry. They will fan the eggs to keep water circulating around them and remove any infertile or fungused eggs. If the water conditions are to their liking, the eggs will hatch in around three days. The parents will move the wrigglers from spot to spot around the tank.


Like two different fish, adult and juvenile emperor angelfish look completely different. It was once thought that the two forms were two completely different species. The body of the juvenile is a dark bluish black. It has a light blue line near the tail with a white circle around it. This white circle is surrounded by alternating light blue and white incomplete circles. When the juvenile reaches a length of 5 inches (12 cm), the colors completely change.

Adults have a very different pattern and colors. They have an eye band or dark line on their body that runs across the eye. This eye band actually makes the fish look like it is wearing a black mask. This mask confuses predators making them wonder which end is which. Predators don't know whether to attack the front end or the back. Adults can grow up to 13 inches (40 cm) long.


  • The Angelfish is called acarĂ¡ bandeira in Portuguese, which translates into Flag Cichlid.
  • Angelfish belong to the group of cichlids known as Cichlasomines.
  • Angelfish were one of the first of the so-called New World (or South American/Central American) cichlids to be introduced into the United States. They are still the most popular of the New World cichlids in the hobby.
  • The first Angelfish were imported into Hamburg, Germany in 1909.


The Angelfish Society