- "I caught an angelfish! Now where's its harsep?"
An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.
"These tropical fish move very gracefully because of long fins on their backs and underbellies. Males and females are almost impossible to tell apart, making identification tricky. They lay eggs among water plants. Both genders look after the babies while they cling to weeds. The young look like any other fish, but they gain their angelfish looks once they leave the weeds."
Also referred to as the Altum Angelfish, Deep Angelfish, or Orinoco Angelfish, this species is the largest and rarest of the genus and specimens exceeding 50 cm in height (from tip of dorsal to tip of anal fin) have been reported in the wild; in aquariums, specimens are known to have grown to over 40 cm. They occur strictly in the Orinoco River Basin and the Upper Rio Negro watershed in Southern Venezuela, Southeastern Colombia and extreme Northern Brazil. It is the national fish of Venezuela and an image of the fish appears on some currency bills of that country.
Angelfish are ambush predators and prey on small fish and macroinvertebrates. Its natural base color is silver but with three brownish/red vertical stripes and red striations into the fins. They prefer to spawn on submerged roots and tree branches in a moderate water current.