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White Blushing Angel

posted: 05/15/12
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White Blushing Angel
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The White Blushing Angel is a strain of angelfish that is white in color. Some may have gold markings on the head. The young specimens will have a red hue beneath the eyes that fades with age.

It prefers a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. Rocks and driftwood can be added to the aquarium, but leave plenty of space for swimming.

It is best, when trying to breed the White Blushing Angel, to house a number of angels in the same aquarium until they pair off. After a pair has developed, a flat surface needs to be provided where the eggs can be laid. A piece of slate, a large plant leaf, or even a flowerpot should be positioned at an angle of about 30 degrees in an area of moderate water flow. The female will lay the eggs and the male will follow behind to fertilize. After approximately three days, the eggs will hatch and the fry will emerge. Feed the fry newly hatched brine shrimp until large enough to accept crushed flake food.

The White Blushing Angel needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables as well as meaty foods. Feed a quality flake food as well as live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.

Ideal tank mates include: Guppies, Mollies, Platies, Swordtails, Tetras, Rasboras, Gouramis, Rainbowfish, Cory Cats, Plecos and peaceful scavengers.

Fish Facts

Name: White Blushing Angel (Pterophyllum sp.)

Family: Cichlidae

Range: South America

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks, driftwood

Tank Conditions: 75-82°F; pH 5.8-7.0; dH 1-5

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: Low

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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