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Believe it or not, there are only one primary species of Angelfish sold in the aquarium trade. However, there are many interesting and beautiful color variations of the Angelfish. Some call it the Golden Splash, others call it the Koi Angelfish. Genetically, it is a Gold Marble that has no stripes. No matter what you call it, you can't deny the beauty of this fish. This particular specimen also shows blushing characteristics.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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The Pterophyllum Altum, or more simply known as the Altum Angelfish, is not commonly seen in the aquarium trade. It is larger, deeper, and flatter than the commonly seen Angelfish species, Pterophyllum Scalare. They are far more sensitive to changes in water conditions, and therefore more challenging to keep in an aquarium, this fish is well worth the extra effort. Expect to pay a little extra for them as well, as they are far and few between in pet shops.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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In the late 1960s, an Angelfish breeder in Milwaukee was surprised to find an oddly colored fry in a spawning of Black Lace Angels. That single fish eventually resulted in the Naja Gold, which became the first Gold Angelfish in the aquarium trade. Several lines of Gold Angelfish have arisen and died off since then. Currently, Golden Angels are relatively common in the aquarium trade and are cross-bred with other varieties to create many interestingly colored specimens.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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This interesting variation is known as a Zebra Angelfish. Although the stripes in this specimen are not dark, you can see that there is a total of four stripes. One through the eye, and three more on the body. Silver Angels have a total of only three stripes. Note the red eye in this fish, which is a sign of full maturity and good health. Not all varieties of Angels will develop a red eye.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Dusky Blushing Angelfish
Can you pick out all the variations in this lovely fish? It definitely has veil genes in its makeup, as well as blushing cheeks. The blushing is due to a lack of pigmentation, which allows the redness of the gills to show through. This fish also displays dusky black edges to the fins. Blushing Angelfish are among the most difficult to breed and are very sensitive to water conditions. Their beauty more than makes up for the extra effort required to keep them.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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This photo is also of a Blushing Angelfish. This beautiful Blushing Angel has no dusky markings and not even the hint of a stripe, but the cheeks of the fish still appear as if they are flushed and "blushing."Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Golden Marble Angelfish
Who wouldn't want this gorgeous pair of Golden Marble Angelfish? Marbled Angels have been around since the late 1960s, and show a wide range of marbled markings. Both of these fish have strong Golden traits with a slight variance; the fish on the left has far more black than the one the right, and the fish on the right shows blushing cheeks. Gold Marbles are often called Koi Angels.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Here's an Angelfish variety that you won't see every day. Known as the Half-Black Angelfish, they have been around for well over a half century. Half-Black Angelfish aren't easy to raise, and because they are not in high demand, they are rarely seen for sale.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Silver Angelfish have long been the backbone of the Angelfish trade. All silvers have three stripes, one through the eye, and two more through the body. They are quite hardy and among the easiest of Angelfish to care for.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Here is a classic Marble Angelfish, showing the distinctive marbling on the body coupled with stripes on the fins. This specimen has a dash of gold thrown in, making it particularly attractive.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Gold and Silver Angelfish
Now here is a classic pair-Gold and Silver Angels. Note that the Silver Angelfish has only two stripes, which is an interesting variation. You can also see the difference in the eyes. Gold Angels will rarely sport red eyes, while Silver Angels usually do.