If angelfish were competing for the title of most popular fish in the tank, they would be strong contenders.
Chances are if you’ve seen your fair share of aquariums, you’ve also seen your fair share of angelfish. Many people choose them because they are beautiful fish and are mainly low maintenance.
While angelfish are generally peaceful, they can become a bit aggressive and territorial when it’s feeding time.
Don’t let their name fool you; these fish are carnivorous.
While you can feed them flakes, you should be prepared to also give them live feedings of freshly hatched brine fish and bloodworms. If you don’t you may see their aggression come out because they will get “hangry”.
Angelfish are not known to be the most agile swimmers so you’ll want to keep them in fairly large tanks, especially if they’re inviting friends over. This is because a tank that’s too small can create excessive waves that the angelfish don’t particularly enjoy.
As we all know, fish can get sick too. Angelfish are highly prone to ick. Ick is a parasitic condition that can develop if the tank is not in good, clean shape. Overcrowding and poor diet can also lead to ick.
Once one fish has it there’s a good chance the other tank mates will get it too as it’s pretty easy to spread. The best way to stop its spread is to avoid it in the first place by keeping your tank clean and your angelfish well fed.
Part of keeping the tank clean also means keeping it in optimal shape for angelfish and its tank mates.
Here are some things to keep in mind if angelfish are in your future:
Care Level: Easy
Ideal tank size: 20 gallons or larger
Temperature range: around 74-84 degrees Fahrenheit
pH Range: 6-7.5
Angelfish will thrive in aquariums with that environment and with other fish who share some of their traits. If you’re thinking of buying an angelfish and don’t want it to be lonely, here’s a look at some of the best tank mates.
Just remember you don’t want to crowd the tank with too many friends!
What fish are compatible with Angelfish?
The best tank mates would be similar fast and active fish that don’t have long fins. Most tetras like the cardinal or neon tetra as well as some bottom feeders like the corydoras catfish would work well. Gourami and Swordtails can also be compatible with your Angelfish.
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