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  • Pterophyllum leopoldi - leopold's angelfish

    Name:
    Scientific name: Pterophyllum leopoldi
    Common name: leopold's angelfish
    AKA: teardrop angelfish, dwarf angelfish, Roman-nosed angelfish

    Country of origin:
    South America

    pH: 4.8 - 6.2
    Temperature: 27 - 31
    Hardness: 1-5dGH soft
    Water flow: low
    Oxygenation:

    Maximum size: 10cm
    Smallest of the angelfish

    Diet: Begin with live food, may be weaned onto frozen, possibly dry later. Easier with tank bred fish.

    Breeding: Is possible.

    Tank companions:
    Most aggressive of the angelfish.

    Often mislabelled as P. dumerilii.

    Does not have a notch before the dorsal fin, and has a black splotch on the body at the 4th vertical bar, by the dorsal fin.

    There are no hybrids of this type of angelfish.

    Water must be kept very clean, with water quality very high, and low nitrates.

    All Pterophyllum spp. are legal imports to Australia as of 20/10/2013:
    http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiv...mport-list.pdf

    The IUCN Red List reports Pterophyllum spp. as a species which has not yet been assessed at 20/10/2013:
    http://www.iucnredlist.org/search

    It is very important not to release any aquarium specimens into our waterways. Any that are not sold or re-homed/ given away, can often be re-sold to aquarium stores. If they are homed in ponds, care should be taken that they cannot escape in run-off into our waterways. Even if fish are native & local they should not be moved from one waterway to another, as this can transfer disease. If they are not local fish, they can both spread disease and either out-compete or eat local fish, shrimp & plants, causing their demise.

    They are a good fish for experienced hobbyists.

    • DiscusEden
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      Does anyone have any of these fish, or a picture of them that they could contribute to the article please?
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