18 Different Types Of Angelfish to Consider For Your Next Freshwater Fish Tank

TYPES OF ANGELFISH – Fish… they can be real soothing and calming to look at. And, if you decide to put an aquarium in your home or business, you have much to consider – what kinds of plants to include, the type of lighting you want, the filtering system, the rocks, the amenities for your fish, etc.

Of course, above all else, the most important decision you’ll need to make about your tank is deciding what kind of fish you’ll put into the tank.

This decision shouldn’t be made lightly. After all, there are some fish who require more care than others (bettas, goldfish, for example).  Your search will reveal tons of fish for you to consider including the Angelfish (scientific name – Pterophyllum Scalare).

The Appeal of Angelfish

The great thing about Angelfish is that they’re a great fish to look at and don’t break your budget.  They’re a freshwater fish and can be found in a plethora of shapes and colors thanks to cross-breeding.  Angelfish are one of the best fish you can have in your newly established aquarium. Interested?

18 Types of Angelfish To Have As A Pet

1. Albino Angelfish

types of angelfish

The Albino Angelfish is thought to be a genetic mutation, as it has red eyes and no black color on the body. And, regardless of the condition you place this species of angelfish in, they have a short lifespan.  Their bodies are nearly white, but they do have yellow/goldish stripes on it. A blue hue is often seen on the tail.   The Albino Angelfish are extremely susceptible to disease.

2. Altum Angelfish


The Altum Angelfish (scientific name – Pterophyllum Altum), is one of the rare types of the market. They tend to be flatter, bigger and deeper than the whole species. Due to their sensitivity to water conditions, they’re a challenge to maintain. However, the joy they bring is worth the hassle of getting things just right for them. You’ll pay a little more for this species of angelfish, as they’re not a regularly stocked fish in fish/pet stores.

3. Black Lace Angelfish


The Black Lace Angelfish is nearly black, almost jet black, because of the extreme pigmentation. With certain types of lighting, you can actually see hints of the fish’s natural pattern.

While most people choose colorful angelfish for their aquarium, this is another popular type you’ll see.

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4. Blushing Angelfish


You can identify this species of angelfish from other angelfish species by the two red gills they have, which makes it appear as if the fish is blushing. The color of the gill can range from bright red to a pale orange and is dependent upon the genetics of the parents. While the body tends to be gold in color, some of the species have a silver shade to them.  The gold color tends to reveal itself as the species ages.

5. Chocolate Angelfish


The Chocolate Angelfish are unusual because of the uncommon color – a deep rich brown (dark chocolate) on the body with wild perpendicular stripes. It’s also not uncommon for this species of angelfish to have a silver-colored head.

6. Clown Angelfish


This angelfish species was spotted in the early 1980s. It has black splotches over its silver body, which is in contrast to the marble angelfish’s marble pattern.

7. Dusky Blushing Angelfish


The Dusky Blushing Angelfish, which has no pigmentation but the red gills that make it appear as if it’s blushing, is regarded as the hardest to breed, perhaps due to the sensitivity the species has to water conditions.  This angelfish species can be spotted by the dusky black edges on its fins. While they take time to care for, they are well worth the effort of doing so.

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8. Ghost Angelfish


The only real thing that makes the ghost angelfish different from other angelfish is its lack of pigmentation, meaning its whole body is silver.  For the most part, they have no stripes, which gives them a “clean” look. However, they do have a stripe through their tail and eyes.

9. Gold Angelfish


An extremely popular angelfish species is the Gold Angelfish, which is half gold/half silver.  When younger, the fish still don’t have the golden color but, as they age, begin to develop the golden hues. The great thing about the Gold Angelfish is that they are relatively easy to care for, but the aquarium light is something to be mindful of.

There have been many species of Gold Angelfish that have died, but because of the ability to cross-breed them, other Angelfish species are created to produced amazing colors of fish.

10. Gold Marble Angelfish


Marbled Angelfish were discovered in the 1960s, and get their name because of the array of marbled markings on their body. This species tend to have very powerful Golden traits. And, as an adult Gold Marble Angelfish, they can be completely gold, although some have an orange tint with black marbling.

11. KOI Angelfish


When people think of KOI fish, they automatically assuming one is talking about the KOI carp. However, did you know that a cross-breed of a KOI carp and angelfish was done and created the KOI Angelfish? That’s right! The two fish breeds were cross-bred to create an amazing breed of KOI Angelfish that comes in an array of colors from bright orange to gold and has black spots.

12. Leopard Angelfish


The Leopard Angelfish is not a total rarity, but not quite common either in the angelfish species. In a tank that’s been put together well, this species looks amazing. What makes this angelfish species different from others is that it has spots, not stripes. The spots, as the fish ages, will get closer together and, it’s not totally unheard of, they can actually disappear.

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13. Marble Angelfish


Marble Angelfish are recognized by its silver base and black pattern. Some of this species have an orange line at the top. The species marbling appears throughout the body with the striped fins.  The wonderful thing about the Marble Angelfish is the ease in which to take care of them and the ability to resist viruses and infections.

14. Silver Angelfish


This angelfish species has been on the fish market for quite some time. They’re noted to have three stripes – two in the body and one in their eye. They are considered the easiest Angelfish breed to take care of and are extremely robust.

15. Smokey Angelfish

Smokey Angelfish

The Smokey Angelfish can range in its colors from marbled to silver and black striped. Most of the black color is seen in the fish’s fins and rear body. Still, no matter what the color range, this species still gives off a dull, smoky look. This coloration is due to the mixture of black and silver, which creates the gray look.

16. Veil Angelfish


Of all angelfish species, it’s the Veil Angelfish type that you see in aquariums, usually because they are extremely beautiful. They have long fins, but if “housed” with aggressive fish, the fins will be bitten.  You can, however, house them with other colorful angelfish.

Veil Angelfish are extremely sensitive to water temperature differences – be mindful if you decide to own this type of angelfish.

17. Zebra Angelfish


Zebra Angelfish get their name because of their stripes. Yes, other angelfish do have stripes, but what makes the Zebra Angelfish unique is the fact they have four or five stripes. This angelfish tends to be small in size, but they make up for it in their speed – they’re fast.

Zebra Angelfish should not be placed in an aquarium that has bigger fish in it. Other than that, this type of angelfish has no special needs.

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If you’ve been looking for a fish species to fill your freshwater aquarium with – that are pretty to look at and are soothing to watch – the Angelfish species is one you shouldn’t pass up. They are very robust and ideal for first-time fish keepers. Just don’t forget to have the proper equipment – lighting and filter – and water temperature before you place your fish into the tank.

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