Pterophyllum scalare Blue Dwarf

23. January 2009

In 1949 Werner Ladiges mentions a blue dwarf angel (Pterophyllum scalare) that appeared by chance (problably by mutation) in a large breeding stock before WW2. Beside its unique blue coloration a characteristicly feature of these fishes was their small adult size. They never grew bigger than 5 cm body height. Although this stock survived WW2 it was not possible to establish a pure bred strain, as the blue dwarfs did not spawn easily.

Now Aquarium Glaser has also a blue angel in stock. It is very difficult to express the colours in a picture, because the camera flash always expresses much more the silvery parts of the coloration. In the beginning Aquarium Glaser was stocking the fish due to its interesting colours, but after some time it became clear that these blue angels also represent a genetically dwarfish variety – the same phenomenon as described by Ladiges.

So now we can offer a beautiful coloured angel that is also suitable for much smaller tanks than all other varieties known so far.

For our customers: the animals have the code 693403 in our stocklist

Ladiges, W. (1949): Eine Diskussion über die Arten der Gattung Pterophyllum. Die Aquarien- und Terrarienzeitschrift 2 (3): 50-52

Text & Photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Nachzucht / bred
Verfügbare Größe in cm 3-4