Smokey Leopard Veiltail Angelfish

Smokey Leopard Veiltail Angelfish (Pterophyllum sp.)

The Smokey Leopard Veiltail Angelfish (Pterophyllum sp.) is a color variant of the angelfish with a black, grey and silver spotted appearance, with the veil tail gene that causes all of the finnage to be longer and more flowing. Angelfish are incredibly popular with hobbyists of all levels due to their graceful nature and entertaining personalities.


  • Care Level:  Easy
  • Temperament:  Semi-Aggressive
  • Max Size:  6”
  • Colouring: Silver, Gold
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Origins: South America, Amazon River Basin
  • Family: Cichlidae
  • Minimum Tank Size: 30 Gallons / 120 Litres
  • Water Conditions: 23–28°C / KH 1 – 5 / pH 5.8 – 7.0 / 75-82°F

Smokey Leopard Veiltail Angelfish Appearance

The Smokey Leopard Veiltail Angelfish is a color variant of the angelfish with a black, grey and silver spotted appearance, with the veil tail gene that causes all of the finnage to be longer and more flowing. Even though they are cichlids, Angelfish have their own unique shape in that they are laterally compressed, with round bodies and elongated triangular dorsal and anal fins. This is often referred to as the ‘Diamond’ Shape but serves a purpose other than being aesthetic as it allows them to hide from predators and move easily among roots and plants. There are no real visible differences between the male and female and only during spawing will you be able to tell the male from the female. Females have a round “tear-drop” shaped breeding tube, while males are cone-shaped.

Smokey Leopard Veiltail Angelfish Temperament

Angelfish are peaceful fish in general, however they can be very aggressive eaters and territorial when breeding. Ideal tank mates for angelfish are species that will not nip at their long and flowing fins. Most fishkeepers tend to keep Angelfish in a species only aquarium, with maybe the addition of corydoras to provide some activity in the bottom of the aquarium. Saying this, hobbyists have kept successful community aquariums when housing angelfish with Pleco’s, Blue Gourami’s, Dwarf Gourami’s, Larger Tetras and Bala Sharks. They have fascinating personalities and will greet their owners at the top of the tank as they approach, usually in the anticipation they’re about to be fed!

“This ‘Diamond’ Shape allows them to hide from predators and move easily among roots and plants.”

Smokey Leopard Veiltail Angelfish Environment

To replicate its natural environment, house the Smokey Leopard Veiltail Angelfish in a heavily planted aquarium with bogwood roots, but leave plenty of open space for swimming. Plants such as Amazon swordplants are great as they allow the angels a natural surface on which to lay their eggs. Java moss, water sprite, and Java fern are also good choices for an angelfish aquarium as they can handle the water parameters with ease. Due to their body shapes, Angelfish much prefer tall tanks to wide tanks and you will see them swim from top to bottom, rather than the length of the aquarium.

Smokey Leopard Veiltail Angelfish Diet

Smokey Leopard Veiltail Angelfish are far from picky eaters and will thrive with a varied diet comprising of high quality flake, live, and frozen foods such as brine shrimp, mosquito larvae, and bloodworms. Angelfish are aggressive eaters and complete gluttons, so maintain a strict feeding schedule so you don’t end up with over weight angelfish. Overfeeding will lead to health problems and water fouling. As a general rule, only feed what your angelfish can eat in 1-2 minutes.

Smokey Leopard Veiltail Angelfish Breeding

It’s recommended to house a large group of Angelfish and let them form pairs. Angelfish will reach sexual maturity between the ages of 6 and 12 months, and can spawn every seven to ten days if eggs are removed from the aquarium. When a pair of angels are ready to spawn, they will choose a site and meticulously clean the surface. The female will deposit a line of eggs with the males following behind and fertilising them. This process is repeated until several hundred eggs have been produced. These eggs are laid on vertical surfaces such as flat leaves, wood or slate. Breeders have greater success by providing artificial spawning sites such as pieces of slateceramic cones, or vertical plastic pipes. Parents will tend to the eggs once they hatch, hanging their fry on vertical surfaces where they survive by consuming the remains of their yolk sacs until they become free-swimming. After this point you can feed the fry newly hatched brine shrimp and other similar-sized foods to ensure proper growth.

Smokey Leopard Veiltail Angelfish Origins

Angelfish are native to vast areas across South America and most of the Amazon River Basin. Particular strains are bred in captivity to highlight certain characteristics



For further information, here’s an article on general aquarium maintenance.

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