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Getting Acquainted With the Black Angelfish


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Black Angelfish

One of the most special fish, that any aquarium enthusiasts can possess, is the black angelfish. Black angelfish have very long and extremely fragile fins, positioned on the top and bottom of the body. The name of the fish comes from the primary coloring, black, and some black angelfish have beautiful silver patches, sporadically placed all along the fish’s body. These angelfish are found mostly in the Amazon Basin, yet many have also been captured in as faraway locations, as Columbia and Brazil.

How to Take Care of the Black Angelfish

Being that the black angelfish loves to swim around so much, a large and open aquarium will be the perfect location, for this gorgeous fish. The angelfish also like to dart in and out of aquatic plants, plastic or real. The fish use the cover of the plants, for protection, even from a perceived threat. It does not matter, to a fish, if there are real dangers that can gain access to the little scaly pets. 

The mere perception that a predator is lurking about will send the black angelfish to the safety of the bottom to hide from the threat of being eaten!  When thinking about what is a good size range, for the aquarium, a 30-gallon tank should be sufficient for this residential effort.

Romance on the Open Sea

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When it comes to mating and courtship, there is no more romantic pair than the black angelfish. After a dizzying array of dances and twirls, the male angelfish will fertilize the clutch of eggs, which the female deposited on the same rocky or sandy bottom. A flat-surfaced small plate should be placed on the bottom in the gravel or sand so that the female can deposit her eggs. Lightly-colored gravel will serve this purpose very well as will clean construction-sand. 

Once the eggs have hatched, in about three days, the angel fry can be feed brine shrimp, until they are large enough to feed on crushed-flake food. Adult angelfish can feed on a variety of foods such as vegetables as well as meat-containing flake food. Be sure to give the black angelfish only the highest quality flake-food, as well as frozen foods, and even the occasional live bloodworm!

Identifying the Beautiful Blackie

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Black angelfish are easily identifiable as they are a member of the angelfish family and share the common characteristics of this group of beautiful tropical fish. The black angels are black in color with some spots of gray, on only a few. With long flowing fins, a relatively oval-shaped body, these great tropical fish can grow up to 6 inches in length! 

These feisty fish are a truly wonderful tropical pet to occupy the children’s interest and also the many adults that love to take care of and show off these beautiful black angelfish. Tropical fish flake food is one of the black angelfish’s most favorite foods of them all, but the fish can also take frozen foods such as mosquito larva, small black worms, and everyone’s favorite, the brine shrimp. 

Being that the angels are omnivores, toss some veggies in the diet as well, as these are packed full of essential vitamins and nutrients that are just as good for the fish as they are for us humans!

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