Different Types of Freshwater Angelfish

Raising angelfish can be done in a variety of conditions. Although angelfish come from an environment where the water is very soft and acid, our domestic angelfish strains have adapted to a wide range of water types after having been bred in captivity for decades. Breeding angelfish in our tap water has created a fish that does very well and will even breed in a wide range of water conditions. There are very few tap water conditions that they will not be comfortable in. If you are trying to breed angelfish from the wild, they may breed more readily in softer acid water, but you will have to avoid fluctuations in pH and hardness that will most likely stress them. For many years, our angelfish hatchery has been at 8.5 pH and 250 ppm hardness and we have had more than just a little success, not only raising angelfish, but breeding them. Even breeding and raising angelfish from the wild hasn't been too difficult in these conditions. More important than water parameters, are your husbandry practices.

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Angel fish types - Guide to help identify Silver Marble The angelfish will have a marbled appearance. However, the coloration will be more muted, with grayish silver instead of white. This phenotype is sometimes also referred to as a barred marble because the stripes of the wild type can sometimes be seen.

Different Types of Freshwater Angelfish

Different Types of Freshwater Angelfish New Phenotypes
German Red: German Red angelfish have become popular in the last few years. Although initially thought to be a modification of the gold gene, it now appears that German Red angelfish result from the presence of two copies of a recessive mutation. As their name implies German Red angelfish have a reddish hue along their entire body. A word of warning however; Some breeders sell ghost angelfish that are fed red food coloring as German Reds. As a result, after purchase the red will disappear from the fish. Obviously these are not true German Reds.

Platinum: Platinum angelfish are another recently discovered type of angelfish. Originally derived from a gold line, platinum angelfish show a white sheen as juveniles and adults, with a tint of green and/or blue. Platinum angelfish are also the result of the presence of two copies of a recessive gene.

Different Types of Freshwater Angelfish

Angel fish types - Guide to help identify The ribbontail phenotype is another modificiation that can often be seen in superveil angelfish (and sometimes in veiled) that causes a long thin tail. THEY LOOK LIKE ETHERIAL GHOSTYS

Different Types of Freshwater Angelfish | The Aquarium Guide


Thanks in large part to Dr. Joanne Norton much is known about the genetics of angelfish. Dr Norton’s work, published between May 1982 and March 1994 in Freshwater and Marine Aquarium magazine, still stands as the cornerstone of what we know today. Similar to the genetics of all vertebrate organisms angelfish carry two copies of each gene, one which is inherited maternally, one which is inherited paternally. Mutations in various genes lead to interesting and unique color and pattering which, through selective breeding, have generated a number of beautiful angelfish phenotypes. Although a number of angelfish phenotypes have been isolated (described below), the details of total chromosome number, and the precise location on these chromosomes has not yet been determined. While a precise genetic location has not been identified, the trem ‘locus’ is used to describe an area where these mutations reside, and independently segregate during reproduction. Wild type (Silver)
Wild angelfish known as Wild type (or domestically as Silver), show an overall body shine with 3 vertical body stripes, one in across the eyes, one mid body, and one that extends between the dorsal and anal fins. Most wild type angelfish have red eyes and also show some kind of crown coloration, although this coloring can be lost over multiple generations in captivity. Finally the dorsal, caudal, and anal fins of wild type animals show noticeable striping. Silver angelfish are the ‘standard’ to which all other phenotypes and mutations are compared.