Pink Angelfish Care Guide

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The pink angelfish is a very rare color variation that was genetically enhanced to get the Fluorescent pink color.

The first pink fluorescent Pterophyllum Scalare, known as the Pink Angelfish, was showcased in an exhibit at the Taiwan International Aquarium Expo.

Angelfish in general are the cornerstone of the freshwater aquarist hobby, and freshwater angelfish are one of the most popular Cichlids. These fish have a renowned shape with outstanding personalities, and they are very easy to keep.

Breed Overview

OriginThe Pink Freshwater Angelfish originates from South America, mostly the Amazon Basin and Orinoco Basin.
LifespanThe Angelfish in general has a Lifespan of up to 12 years in captivity and 15 years in the wild.
SizeSimilar to most species of Freshwater Angelfish they are around 6 inches in length and 8 inches or more in height.
ColorThe Pink Angelfish will have a fluorescent pink color or a basic pinkish body.
Tank SizeYou will need a Taller Tank of around 20 -30 gallons.
TemperamentAngelfish in general are peaceful and tend to school, however, when they pair off they do get territorial.
Water TypeClear or Silty Fresh Water. Soft and slightly Acidic water conditions.
Water TemperatureWater temperatures of around 26-30 degrees Celsius, or (75-86 Fahrenheit).
Water pHAn acidic to neutral pH of between 6.0 and 7.0. Nitrates below 100 Mg and Water Hardness of between 0-6.
Difficulty LevelThey are ideal for beginners and all freshwater aquarists.

Species Information

Species information of pink angelfish
Angelfish are naturally Monogamous and will select a single partner, they are ambush predators that will many times prey on smaller fish. Image From Researchgate

The Pink Angelfish is a genetically enhanced species of Pterophyllum Scalare, a freshwater fish known as the Angelfish that is part of the Cichlidae family.

Though there are over 32 different colors of angelfish, most of them lack the cells to create pink pigment. However, after three years of research, breeders were able to modify the colors of these fish to get a pink freshwater angelfish.

You can read more about the genetics of the Freshwater Pink Angelfish in the Taipei Times.

According to Wikipedia,  Angelfish have a unique body shape that is round and laterally compressed, with elongated dorsal and anal fins. Their body shape allows them to easily hide among leaves, roots, and even vertical surfaces.

Angelfish are naturally monogamous and will select a single partner, they are ambush predators that will many times prey on smaller fish.

Freshwater Pink Angelfish Size

Freshwater pink angelfish size
They usually grow to about between 4 and 6 inches in length, and 6 to 8 inches in height, in captivity. Image from

The Pink Angelfish will generally be the same size as most freshwater Angelfish. They usually grow to about between 4 and 6 inches in length, and 6 to 8 inches in height, in captivity. Keep in mind that they may grow much larger in the wild.

General Care

The Pink Angelfish is captive-bred and forms part of the most commonly kept Angelfish species the Pterophyllum Scalare. Though they are anything but common angelfish are hardy with beautiful personalities and elegant and outstanding shapes.

They are an easy choice for any beginner or even more advanced Aquarist, and with a properly set up tank, and a good diet they will easily thrive, and even live in peace with the right tank mates.

In a background of lush plants and tropical surroundings, they truly are a rare beauty, especially the unusually colored Pink Angelfish.

Setting Up Your Tank

The key element to having a happy, healthy, and beautifully displayed Angelfish is to set up a tank that is the right size, with the right water conditions, and of course the right diet. So we want to help you set up a lush tropical tank that will be a gorgeous display for your Angelfish, and that they will thrive in.

Selecting The Right-Sized Tank

First of all, we need to select a tank that will be the proper size, keeping in mind they grow in height more than in length, so a higher tank will be more suitable. The bare minimum for a single Pink Angelfish will be a 30-gallon tank, whereafter you will need to add at least 20 gallons for every additional Angelfish.

Tank Light

In their natural environment, Angelfish tend to prefer shaded areas with sunlight filtered by trees and plants. They do however need a clear indication of day and night, so you can use a dimmed artificial light, or place them where there is indirect and filtered light in your home.

Water Conditions And Filtration

As with most freshwater Angelfish species, similarly, the Pink Angelfish prefers either clear or silty, slightly acidic, and soft water conditions, pH levels of between 6.0 and 7.0 are ideal, and nitrates need to be below 100 mg. Angelfish enjoy higher temperatures of around 26 to 30 degrees Celsius (75 – 86 Fahrenheit) and a water hardness of 4-8 dHG. Keep in mind when spawning temperature choices may vary.

Decorating Your Tank

Decorating your tank of angelfish
Angelfish do enjoy a more lush and natural tank environment with space to hide out, as they are generally quite territorial. Image from: Needpix.

Most Angelfish look exquisite and enjoy a lush tropical tank with many plants and hideouts. A more natural scenery will be ideal for you and create the perfect display in your home.

Substrate For The Pink Angelfish

Angelfish do enjoy foraging at the bottom of their tank, thus you need to be mindful of your choice in the substrate. A smooth, small to medium-sized gravel that will cover the ground sufficiently is suitable and ideal for planting some Aquatic plants in your tank.

Decorations For Your Tank

All freshwater angelfish enjoy a more lush and natural tank environment with space to hide out. the pink angelfish is no different! This fish like their own patch, as they are generally quite territorial.

In addition to plants and different sections, you also want to give them enough open space to swim. You can use live or synthetic plants and other decorations.

Tank Decor And Hideouts

  • Synthetic Plants.
  • Rocks
  • Driftwood
  • Smooth large stones and pebbles
  • A bubbler

Just ensure that the decor that you choose is safe with no rough surfaces or sharp edges.

Live Plants

Live plants can provide some vegetation, and also help to clean and oxygenate the water in your tank, they are an ideal choice:

  • Jungle Vallisneria
  • Java ferns
  • Water Sprites
  • Amazon sword
  • Anubias
  • Bolbitis
  • Anacharis
  • Dwarf Tiger Lotus

Choosing A Healthy Freshwater Pink Angelfish

The Pink Freshwater Angelfish is quite rare so you will have to do some research to get a breeder or pet store that stocks them. To ensure your Angelfish is in good health, the fins need to be erect and not show any damage.

Look for a perky and more active fish that swims around with no deformations or a swollen belly. There should also not be any white spots or fuzz on the Angelfish which could indicate parasites.

Placing Your Freshwater Angelfish In Its New Tank

Placing your freshwater angelfish in its new tank
Place the fish in its bag of water to float in the tank for 20 to 30 minutes so that it can acclimate to the new tank temperatures. Image from

It is always a good idea to let your completed tank run through a cycle for a few days to a week before adding your new fish. Ensure that all the water levels are at peak condition before adding your new fish, and follow these steps:

  • Only introduce one fish at a time into your new tank.
  • Place the fish in its bag of water to float in the tank for 20 to 30 minutes so that it can acclimate to the new tank temperatures.
  • Open the bag and remove one cup of water at a time, replacing it with water from the tank. Do this every 15 to 20 minutes for an hour or so.
  • Now you may release the fish in the water ensuring not to empty the entire contents of the bag.
  • Check on your new Angelfish to ensure that it is in good shape the first few days, and give it some time before adding more Angelfish or Tank Mates.

Selecting Tank Mates

The freshwater angelfish is a pretty social species in general and they do tend to school. Therefore, you can keep more than one of the same or different color variations.

Do you want to add other species’ tankmates? This can be very fun and rewarding, but does take some consideration.

If you would like to add some other freshwater fish varieties, you will need to do some research on getting the right tank mates. More aggressive species of fish may harm your Angelfish, and Angelfish are well known for ambushing prey on smaller fish species.

When Angelfish get older they are also notorious for becoming territorial. A good way to prevent this is to add something new to the tank or change their surroundings before adding a new fish. This creates new interest for them and also interrupts their territorial behavior towards a new tank mate.

You can choose from the Following List of FreshWater tropical fish that will make perfect tank mates for your Pink Angelfish:

  • The Corydoras Catfish
  • Zebra Loaches
  • Gouramis
  • Platies
  • Mollys
  • Rainbow Fish (Boesemani)
  • Plecos

You can also introduce some snail species, along with your Corydoras Catfish which will help to keep the tank clean.

Tank Maintenance

One of the most crucial factors to keep your Angelfish happy, healthy and stress-free is to ensure that their tank is kept clean. Keeping tropical fish is a hobby that requires some work, unfortunately, however, it can be most rewarding.

You will need to do a weekly or bi-weekly change of the water, by replacing 10 to 20% of the tank’s water with clean, conditioned, and tested new water.

In the video you will see some clearer instructions on how to clean, and change the water in your Angelfish tank;

Plants must always be clean, along with decorations. A tank vacuum can come in quite handy to keep your tank spotless and healthy.


Angelfish are said to be omnivores though they do consume slightly more protein and meat-based foods than most omnivorous fish. They are easy to feed and will feed from the top, bottom, and even middle of the water in your tank.

Most of their diet consists of quality pellets or flakes from a trusted brand.

Do you ever wonder if this can get boring for fish?

Your fish will also enjoy frozen and live meat-based foods and some vegetation. It is also important that you give them a balanced diet with the right quantity of fiber to prevent any digestive issues.

If you find that your Pink Angelfish is not eating, and losing weight, the article from Your Aquarium Place is quite a good source to help you find answers.

How Often And How Much Should You Feed

Angelfish in general are not fussy when it comes to eating, they will eat readily and also quite a variety of foods. They will need to be fed once or twice a day, about as much as they can finish within a few minutes, and no more.

1. Feeding Live Foods

Angelfish thoroughly enjoy meat-based frozen and live foods and you can include the following in their diet:

  • Ground beef heart, just be careful as it can quickly degrade your tank water quality.
  • Tubifex Worms are ideal for many nutrients.
  • Bean Beetles and their larvae.
  • Brine Shrimp.
  • Flour Beetles.
  • Chopped up earthworms.
  • Black Soldier Flies and their larvae.

2. Feeding Vegetables and Greens

Most of the live plants in your tanks should be safe for these fish to nibble on. However, they also enjoy foods such as algae, algae wafers, and other leaf varieties.

Romaine Lettuce, spinach, and thinly sliced zucchini or squash also work as treats. Ensure that you blanch and cool all vegetables first, to make it easier for them to consume.

Temperament And Personality

Pink Angelfish, as with all Freshwater Angelfish species, are peaceful and graceful. They are social and enjoy a few tank mates, and are likewise prone to schooling.

However, always keep one factor in mind – these fish are territorial and do tend to get a bit on edge during the breeding season. 

Common Health Issues

Common health issues of pink angelfish
A basic bacterial infection is caused by fluctuating water conditions because of water not being kept clean. Image from Flickr

As long as you keep your tank clean, your water conditions up to standard, and feed them a well-balanced diet most Angelfish species will thrive. Generally, this means with no issues at all and the pink freshwater angelfish is no different.

However, it does help to know what diseases they are prone to.

Here are some common conditions that mostly affect Angelfish:

1. Fin Rot

This basic bacterial infection comes from fluctuating water conditions and dirty water. It affects the fins and moves toward the body. You can use an antibiotic from a veterinarian and make sure to clean your tank regularly.

2. Ich

Also called the White Spot disease, is a stress-induced disease because tank conditions are not up to standard. You can treat it by placing the affected fish in quarantine until the parasite disappears.

3. Dropsy

Your Angelfish may become bloated, with rapid breathing, and slightly protruding eyes, which means it has a compromised immune system causing Dropsy. A veterinarian can prescribe an antibiotic.

4. Spironucleus-Associated Necrotic Enteritis In Angelfish

This is a type of internal parasite that can attack Angelfish, it is not very common, however, you can read more about it from the scientific  NCBI documents.

5. Physical Damage

Lastly, I want to include physical damage. Many Angelfish may be bullied by other fish, harmed by tank decorations, or even by handling. Prevention is better than cure in this case so keep tank decorations safe, and ensure you get them non-aggressive tank mates.

You also should never handle your angelfish! they are not as robust as some other species, and its can easily damage their fins. Antibiotics can help to heal injured Angelfish.


Breeding of pink angelfish
The Parents spawn in designated areas and the female likes to lay her eggs on a flat surface such as a slate or broadleaf plant, such as the Amazon Sword Plant. Image From Flickr

Pink Angelfish, as with most freshwater angelfish species, are relatively easy to breed. They are also very interesting in terms of pairs, and they are great parents to watch.

There is not much to do on your part when it comes to breeding Angelfish. These fish are monogamous and will select a partner from a social group and stay with that partner. In some cases, they will not take a new partner should one die.

The Parents spawn in designated areas and the female likes to lay her eggs on a flat surface. This can be something like a slate or broadleaf plant, such as the Amazon Sword Plant.

They may eat their first eggs or hatchlings, but should lay more eggs soon after that. Unlike some fish which often eat their young, Angelfish are learning. They will become much more attentive as parents with every new batch.

The females will meticulously clean their eggs, and both parents will take care of and defend their fry until they are old enough to fend for themselves.

Breeding conditions:

Here are a few things you can do though, to make breeding conditions more favorable for them:

  • Pairing Off – Keep your Pink Angelfish in Groups, keeping in mind that other colored partners may not result in Pink Angelfish babies. Your Angelfish will select their own mates and pair off with them. You can learn more about mating rituals in How Do Angelfish Mate?
  • Temperatures – Tank temperatures of 22 to 27 degrees Celsius (78 – 86 Degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Tank pH – A pH of around 6.5 to 7.5 will be ideal for breeding.
  • Tank Decor and Plants – The Angelfish will need an area such as a cave, driftwood, or other items in their tank to establish a safe haven for their breeding territory. They also do need plants which you can read more about in the VigyanVarta, for laying their eggs on and breeding.
  • Feeding – Supplement the parent’s diet with Brine shrimp.
  • Feeding Babies – When hatchlings are around five days or older you can feed them baby brine shrimp.

You can read the step-by-step instructions on breeding Angelfish on Wikihow.

To finish off, remember that not all the fry will be this bright pink color! However, you may get some beautiful other colors and patterns instead. We’ve listed below some of the most common, in case you are wondering what possibilities there are within the freshwater angelfish gene pool.

Color Variations Of The Freshwater Angelfish

Color variations of the freshwater angelfish
There were only a few color variations available, such as silver, black marble, black, and black lace. Image from: Flickr

In the early years of producing Angelfish, there were only a few color variations available, such as silver, black marble, black, and black lace. There were also two different fin varieties, including the regular veil and super veiled species with much more elaborate fins.

Here are a few different color variations from Pterophyllum Scalare, which is the species to which the Freshwater Pink Angelfish belongs to:

  • Silver – The “Wild Type” of Freshwater Angelfish, usually has four vertical black stripes.
  • Gold – The most attractive and hardy.
  • Zebra – Silver with Extra Stripes, you also get a Zebra Lace.
  • Smokey – Has dark brownish-gray back halves and darker dorsals.
  • Chocolate – More smokey brown with darker patterns.
  • Half Black – Black and silver.
  • Sunset Blushing – Gold and Stripeless colors, with pinkish gills.
  • Koi – Gold and Black Marbling.
  • Leopard – Similar to Chocolate with spots on it.
  • Blue Blushing – Grey with a Bluish tint.
  • Silver Gold Marble – Silver with Gold Marbling.
  • Black – More solid black with red eyes.
  • Albino or White – Completely white usually with pink eyes.
  • Pearlscale – Has wrinkled wavy scales that reflect light to resemble pearls.

Unless you are an extremely experienced breeder, there is not much ability to control what you get! However, this makes breeding angelfish all the more rewarding…

To Conclude

Are pink angelfish very rare?
It is easy to keep and will give you quite a few years of beauty and interesting antics. Image From

The Pink Angelfish is something truly wondrous to admire, and as with other breeds of FreshWater Angelfish, it is easy to keep and will give you quite a few years of beauty and interesting antics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Freshwater Angelfish Eat Their Eggs?
Usually, first-time parents may eat their eggs or their young, and in some cases when parents feel stressed out or threatened they might eat their eggs and young. However, most Angelfish pairs will learn how to breed and take care of their young properly in time.
What Size Should an Angelfish Be Before I Should Buy It?
It is best to purchase an Angelfish that has at least a 4-6 cm body size (1.5 Inches - 2.3 inches).
Are Pink Angelfish Very Rare?
Pink Angelfish is a very rare mutation only been produced lately, so they might be a bit hard to come by. If you speak to some reputable Angelfish breeders that are close to you, they may be able to help you find this rare species.
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Tal Halperin

Tal is an avid fish keeper and has been raising ornamental fish for decades. As a little boy, he drove his father crazy to buy him an aquarium with all the necessary equipment. Now, after a career in the field, he has set up Your Aquarium Place to offer the most comprehensive guide to ornamental fish keeping available and share his passion for the different species he has looked after.