Leopold's Angelfish

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Pterophyllum leopoldi - (Gosse, 1963)
Leopold's Angelfish

Sometimes sold as the Dwarf Angelfish. JJPhoto.dk

[edit] Overview

This is a smaller species of angelfish sometimes available as a wild import. Young specimens can appear to be small versions of the much more common P. scalare.

It is distinguished by a dark blotch at the base of the dorsal fin between the second and third vertical bars. Its snout can also be distinctive, giving it the alternate common name: Roman-nosed Angelfish. See: Pterophyllum.

It is less assertive than other angelfish species Angelfish (P. scalare) and Altum Angelfish (P. altum).

Family: Cichlidae

Other common name(s):

  • Long-nosed Angelfish
  • Teardrop Angelfish
  • Roman-nosed Angelfish
  • Dwarf Angelfish

Native range:

Habitat: Angelfish prefer a high tank that is well planted around the sides and back. Sagittaria, Vallisneria, Amazon Swordplants, and driftwood are classic in the angelfish aquarium.

Maximum length: 5 cm (2 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 76 L (20 gal)

Water: Freshwater 25 °C (298 K, 77 °F) - 29 °C (302 K, 84 °F)

General swimming level: Midwater.

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore. Offer a variety of frozen and prepared foods. New specimens may be enticed to start eating by providing live adult Brine Shrimp (Artemia).

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Do not mix with other angelfishes or other aggressive fishes. The best companions are Corydoras catfishes and peaceful tetras.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Forms monogamous pairs that always do best if kept in their own species tank. Angelfish deposit the eggs on a vertical surface in the aquarium, such as a plant leaf or the glass walls. Both the male and female tend the eggs and guard the fry for a time.

[edit] Notes

For freshwater angelfish husbandry advice, see: We're No Angels, by Mary E. Sweeney.

Image credit: JJ
Text credit: JL
Facts about Leopold's AngelfishRDF feed
Common name Leopold's Angelfish  +, Long-nosed Angelfish  +, Teardrop Angelfish  +, Roman-nosed Angelfish  +, and Dwarf Angelfish  +
Family Cichlidae  +
Genus Pterophyllum  +
Image credit JJ  +
Maximum length 2 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 20 gal  +
Native range South America  +, Amazon River Basin  +, and Essequibo River Basin  +
Specific name leopoldi  +
Swimming level Midwater.  +
Text credit JL  +
Water max temp 302 K (29 °C, 84 °F)  +
Water min temp 298 K (25 °C, 77 °F)  +
Water type Freshwater  +