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Pterophyllum is a small genus of freshwater fish from the family Cichlidae known to most aquarists as angelfish. The three species of Pterophyllum are unusually shaped for cichlids being greatly laterally compressed, with round bodies and elongated triangular dorsal and anal fins. This body shape allows them to hide among roots and plants, often on a vertical surface.
As one of the most iconic species of freshwater aquariums, Angelfish are popular in home aquariums. Unfortunately, even experienced breeders have problems telling if an Angelfish is male or female, so it might be tricky to breed these fish based on physical traits alone. One look at their unusually-shaped bodies and you can tell right away — these fish are not small tank species.
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In fact, telling the sex of an angelfish can be near impossible without experience and a careful eye. Before they are mature, it is even more difficult to tell the sex of an angelfish. To tell the sex of an angelfish, start by seeing if it has a large, crowned head, which means that it's likely a male.
Angelfish are a favorite of freshwater aquarium hobbyists for their unique appearance. With triangular bodies, bold stripes and long fins, this elegant, easy-to-keep tropical fish will beautify any freshwater tank. Originally from South America and primarily found in the Amazon, these attractive fish have adapted well to being kept as pets in aquariums that are properly set up to meet their needs.
Very Common. Has a mottled colouration of black, and white. Those with yellow or orange can be classed as Gold Marble or Koi Marble.
Depending on the species, determining the gender of a fish ranges from easy to nearly impossible. Knowing the sexual differences in aquarium fish is important when trying to breed fish and also for choosing the proper balance of fish for a community aquarium. Although not all fish can be easily identified by gender, these tips will help you recognize the sex of many of the common species of aquarium fish.