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Chocolate cichlid

Chocolate cichlid

Golden Sailfin Pleco

Golden Sailfin Pleco

Pearl eartheater

Pearl eartheater

Threadfin acara

Threadfin acara

Flag cichlid

Flag cichlid

Threadfin acara

Threadfin acara

Redhump eartheater

Redhump eartheater

Redhump eartheater

Redhump eartheater

Red face pike cichlid

Red face pike cichlid

Saddle cichlid

Saddle cichlid

Gilded Catfish

Gilded Catfish

Emerald catfish

Emerald catfish

Dorado

Dorado

Zapoara

Zapoara

Spotted metynnis

Spotted metynnis

Angelfish

Angelfish

Altum angelfish

Altum angelfish

Itaituba freshwater stingray

Itaituba freshwater stingray

Black Shovelnose Catfish

Black Shovelnose Catfish

Acary avion

Acary avion

Golden Sailfin Pleco

Golden Sailfin Pleco

Boa constrictor

Boa constrictor

Scarlet-headed blackbird

Scarlet-headed blackbird

Red Siskin

Red Siskin

Red Siskin

Red Siskin

Violet turaco

Violet turaco

Emerald dove

Emerald dove

Red-throated Parrotfinch

Red-throated Parrotfinch

Angelfish

Angelfish

Facts

LatinPterophyllum scalare
Size15 cm
FoodSmall crustaceans, insects and worms
HabitatBetween aquatic plants in swamps and streams
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationThe Amazon Basin in South America
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Stripes that conceal

With its vertical stripes and long fins, the angelfish blends in well among the reeds and aquatic plants it swims between. This makes it difficult to spot.

Threats and violence

The angelfish thrives in small groups. The male defends its territory. It stretches out its fins to look bigger while also making sounds. If that doesn't do the trick, the angelfish goes on the attack and bites its opponent.

Talking angelfish

The angelfish makes sounds by rubbing its head bones together.

A leaf for life

In order for the angelfish to breed, it requires a large plant leaf. The female cleans the leaf thoroughly and then deposits her eggs on it, about 500 of them. The eggs hatch about 3 days later. The angelfish is a fierce defender of its eggs and its offspring.


Arapaima

Piranha

Stream aquarium

Under the riverbank

River cichlids

The plants in the river

Angelfish

Armored predators

Discusfish

Veiled chameleon

African river

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

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