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Angelfish Tips

Freshwater Angelfish

From: Marc
I love my Angelfish! They are very calm and relaxing fish and they're very beautiful at night when my lamps are off, with the moonlight reflecting off of their scales.

From: Tyler
Do not place an amazon puffer and an angel fish in the same tank. The puffer ate all the fins and a week after I took the puffer back, my angel died.

From: Brianie
When I saw the angel fish at the pet store, in a 10 gallon tank they looked miserable, but then I put the pair in a 50 gallon with a pair of red-capped goldfish, they're as happy as can be!
From: Ben
If you are going to buy angels from a pet store always choose the healthiest, most boisterous ones otherwise they can be ill and pass away as soon as they hit new water even if you did add them to the new tank properly.

From: Dan
I would avoid putting an Angelfish and a Bala Shark in the same tank. I bought both of them and the Shark ended up getting bullied to death within 24 hours. However, the Zebra danio gets along fine with the angelfishes (I have 2 - Marble and Leopard angelfishes).

From: Lane
I love angelfish. A few years back before I had my 29 gallon tank, I only had a 10 gallon tank. Well my mom bought me 2 Angelfish. Then one day we notice that they were laying eggs. They had way over 30 eggs, but sadly we were only able to get 1 to survive and live. They are very hard to raise. But once they started laying eggs they would do it once a month and become very aggressive towards my other fish. So if you plan on breeding them do not keep them in a community tank. Or you will loose a couple of fish.

From: Alicia
I work in a petstore where we have angelfish labeled as "semi-agressive", whereas many stores have it just as "tropical community". Would this fish be ok in a 30-gallon with a male betta, as well as some other non-agressive (and non-nipping) tropicals?
Some hobbyists have kept bettas with other fish, including Angels, and have experienced no problems. However, you'll also hear the horror stories of how the betta won't tolerate anything else in the same tank. It would really depend on the Betta's personality, and the size of the Angelfish. Angels can be aggressive in their own right, especially when pairing off to breed and it would be surprising to see an adult Angel taking crap from a Betta. But, generally speaking, bettas are kept alone for a reason and it can be a good idea to stick to that advice to avoid any potential complications.

From: Loren
I have a question: My new angel fish, a small, relatively young specimen, is spending a lot of time at the surface. Is there anything wrong with her? Two days ago I bought these two young angels, the first angels I've ever had, and one of them died within 30 hours. (I think she died of swim bladder disease but I'm not sure) There are 4 tiger barbs and 4 oto catfish in the tank, too, (29 gal) and my nitrites and ammonia are within safe parameters. But since one of my angels died after only having it for one day, I'm wondering if the other one may be infected with the same thing she had. Again, she looks ok, she's eating, she has some energy-- she's not moving around a lot but I know angels don't naturally move much anyway. But this business about her spending all her time at the surface has me kind of freaked out. She's not gasping at the surface, just hovering about 3 millimeters below the surface.
You mention that the ammonia and nitrites are within the "safe range". This sounds like you may be registering a reading on your test kits for ammonia and nitrite. If so, Angels won't tolerate this for long and will often be the first to go in tanks with detectable amounts of ammonia and nitrite. If your tank has completed the aquarium cycle you shouldn't be getting a reading on your test kits, or they should be getting a reading of zero... It is also quite possible that they had a disease, they weren't acclimated properly and/or were just over stressed from the whole ordeal.

It's always a good idea to ask the fish store to test their store tank water and let you know the readings (at minimum ph, ammonia, nitrite and nitrates). When you get home with your new fish, test your tank water and compare the store's tank readings with your own to determine if you need to have a longer acclimation period. Use a fish quarantine tank before introducing any new fish into your display tank to avoid the spread of disease.

From: Sabrina Watson
Hi, I have recently recovered some angel fish that have been in a tank with tiger barbs where the angels fins have been badly bitten and large parts are missing, will the fins grow back?
If you separate them from the fin nippers, give them good water conditions and a good diet the fins should grow back. Watch for any signs of bacterial infections and keep the water clean by frequently doing partial water changes.

From: Discus with Angelfish
I kept a pair of angelfish with my 4" Blue Diamond Discus, they got along together ok until the Angelfish matured and ended up as a mated pair. It was at that time that I had to remove the Angelfish because my discus could not fight them both at the same time. It basically became an issue of territory.

From: Tay
Hey just a quick question. Do angels like to be kept in schools? Or could I keep only one in my tank and have him be okay? Thanks!
Once they forms pairs they can get aggressive with other angelfish, especially if they are protecting eggs. Keeping only one should be fine.

From: Denis
I have 2 paired Angelfish. They laid thier eggs on the corner of the tank. I then transfered to a fish net breeder to protect it from other fish and their parents that are trying to eat them. After a while it seems like it has some fuzz covering some of the eggs. What is it? And should I worry about it? If I should is there something I can do?
The fuzz sounds like fungus is growing on the unfertilized or dead eggs. You need to keep them aerated. An air stone that bubbles placed close to the eggs should keep the eggs well aerated. It's similar to what the Angelfish parents do when they are fanning the eggs. Methylene Blue is also supposed to help prevent the fungus. You'll need to put the babies into a separate tank if you're going to use this medicine. You don't want to put it into the main tank. Try the air stone first though.

From: Maria
I just added an Angelfish to my approx 70 gallon tank. I already had 3 bala sharks, 2 dwarf gourami and 4 very small tiger barbs. I had been told the tiger barbs wouldn't be a problem with the Angelfish, but now reading some of your posts about it, I'm concerned. What do you think?
The tiger barbs are notorious for the fin nipping, especially when kept in smaller groups or individually. I'd return them to the store, but you can always see how it goes first.

Author : Mike FishLore

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