Silver Marbled Angelfish

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Description of the Silver Marbled Angelfish

The Silver Marbled Angelfish is one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fishes. It is an extremely attractive addition to any aquarium. It is important to ensure the tank is large enough to accommodate these taller than average fish and be warned that adults can become aggressive to other fish. Ideally keep a group of angelfish together in even numbers.

Popular Name: Silver Marbled Angelfish
Species: Pterophyllum scalare

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Silver Marbled Angelfish

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Profile of the Silver Marbled Angelfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Silver Marbled Angelfish species.

  • Size: Up to 12cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: 24-28 Degrees. PH 6-7

  • Diet / Feeding: Brine Shrimps, Dried and Frozen Food

  • Temperament: Aggressive adults can eat smaller fish such as Neon Tetras!

  • Habitat: Freshwater rivers and streams in South America

  • Behaviour: Juvenile fish are well behaved, adults can be aggressive to smaller fish

  • Range: South America

Scientific Classification of the Silver Marbled Angelfish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Pterophyllum scalare

  • Popular Name: Silver Marbled Angelfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Cichlidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Silver Marbled Angelfish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!

Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Silver Marbled Angelfish slimy?
Silver Marbled Angelfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Silver Marbled Angelfish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.


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Why do Silver Marbled Angelfish have gills?
Gills enable the Silver Marbled Angelfish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Silver Marbled Angelfish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Silver Marbled Angelfish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Silver Marbled Angelfish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Silver Marbled Angelfish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Silver Marbled Angelfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Silver Marbled Angelfish

Silver Marbled Angelfish

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Silver Marbled Angelfish slimy?

  • Why do the Silver Marbled Angelfish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Silver Marbled Angelfish have fins?

  • Species: Pterophyllum scalare

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