|Scientific name||Pterophyllum scalare|
|Size||Up to 6" (15cm), but usually smaller in aquaria|
|Tank setup||Tall tank with long-leaved plants|
|Compatibility||Generally fine for the community tank, but pairs will become aggressive when spawning.|
|Water chemistry||Soft and acidic for wild caught, wider range of conditions tolerated by aquarium bred fish|
|Feeding||Omnivorous, will take most live, frozen and flake foods|
|Sexing||Difficult, most methods unreliable|
|Breeding||A pair will clean a leaf or other vertical surface,|
on which many adhesive eggs are layed.
Most fish found for sale are aquarium bred and liable to be more tolerant of a wider range of
conditions. A number of colour and pattern varieties have been produced including marbled, koi,
black, zebra and golden forms.