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Video:Types of Angelfish for Freshwater Aquariums

with Tony Aversano

Angelfish are a docile, colorful and unique looking addition to any home freshwater aquarium. There is only one species of Angelfish, however, there are many different colors and subspecies.See Transcript

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Transcript:Types of Angelfish for Freshwater Aquariums

Hi! I’m Tony Aversano for About.com and today I’m going to tell you about different types of angelfish for fresh water aquariums. We’re here at Fish Bowl Pets in Stamford, Connecticut.

Angelfish Variations

There is really only one species of angelfish that is available for freshwater aquariums. However, there are many variations in body shape and colors that allow angelfish to appear like many different types of fish.

Angelfish Lifestyle and Diet

Angelfish naturally exist in the Amazon, however today 99 percent of all fish sold in pet stores are bred in captivity. Angelfish are not really schooling fish, they tend to hover in the aquarium. I would say that they are probably happier with two or more, however a single one won’t be lonely.

They are omnivores that eat a wide variety of food, generally coming right to the surface to have their meal. There are many different colors and varieties of angelfish. The standard angelfish is a silver angelfish which is a silver color with black strips. In addition, there are gold angelfish, black angelfish, marble angelfish and combinations there of.

Price and Size Range for Angelfish

Angels are a relatively long lifespan fish, 10 years is reasonable. Baby angelfish are about the size of a dime body wise and will generally retail for 3 to 4 dollars. So, a baby angelfish makes a nice companion in a small home aquarium with peaceful tropical fish.

A standard angel, captive bred will probably be in the 10 dollar to 15 dollar price range. Large angels go for 29.99 and their bodies can exceed, 3 – 4 inches, just body. With the fins, we’re talking about a fish that’s maybe 10 inches tip to tip. If you have a small peaceful aquarium, introducing angels at a small size ensures better results.

Angelfish can be a great addition to your freshwater aquarium if you have the right information. To learn more about freshwater aquariums and other topics, please visit About.com. Thanks for watching.

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