Angelfish Tank Mates That Are Not Tetras

  1. oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    This big guy needs a friend, or 10. Haha!

    Are there any tankmates for him that aren't the usual tetra/tetra type fish?

    I would like bright, active fish. I don't really want rams.

    There will be kuhli loaches as well.

    What do you think?

    Oops! Forgot to add it's a 60 gallon planted tank with a fluval 406 and a sponge filter. Temp is currently 77 F. Working on the pH to be about 7.2.

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  2. Samuel97 Well Known Member Member

    Cherry barbs are a great option as long as you buy them at least half grown. Once illy grown they are without question big and full enough and also they have a stockier and more confident personality so are less likely to be bullied by the angel, they are also super fast.

    I have a school of cherries right now and am intending to add an angelfish.

    Your angel looks awesome!

  3. MommaLake Well Known Member Member

    I'd add an electric blue acara and some swordtails (1:2 m:f). That would give you lots of color.
  4. davis Member Member

    My angelfish pair bullied everything finally tried convicts because they were cheap three for a dollar. They have made the tank interesting pushing the angelfish to the other end of the tank when they had fry they did not eat the fry like I hoped. I had to rehome the male convict to let the angelfish be king again may or will have to many convict fry when they grow up but till then enjoying the tank.

  5. oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    I would love an eba :) Sword tails are like mollies, right? Would the other fish eat the babies?

    I only have one, thankfully, not a pair. He seems to be pretty peaceful. Hopefully he won't be too much of a bully.
  6. MommaLake Well Known Member Member

    Yes swordtails are live bearers like mollies. They're big enough to hold their own but peaceful. The angel and EBA would keep your swordtail population in check

    Just a suggestion, if you don't already have the kuhlis id get cories instead. Kuhlis are cute but I have some and they hide all the time. I rarely get to see them. But if your heart is set on kuhlis then you must follow your heart
  7. oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    Perfect! Thank you :) I think this might be the plan :)

  8. aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    And I would up the temperature to 78 f.
  9. oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    Just noticed the part about the loaches. I have one currently. I would like to get him some friends. He came with the angelfish as rehomed fish from a kindergarten class.

    Will do.

    How about the angel, an eba, 3 sailfin mollies (1:2 or 4 - 1:3), 6-8 loaches, and a clown pleco? Too much?
  10. Lance0414 Well Known Member Member

    How about
    1 EBA
    1 Angelfish
    2 GBRs(1 Male 1 Female)
    16 Dwarf Pencilfish
    16 Kuhli Loaches or 12 Sterbai or Bronze Cories
    5 Swordtails(1 Male 4 Females) or 5 Mollies(1 Male 4 Females)(Sailfins are fine)
    Edit: A Clown Pleco would be fine in this stock also.

  11. oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    I totally meant 4 or 5 mollies 1:3 or 1:4. The heatwave here is frying my brain.

    That list sounds good! Thanks :)
  12. Lance0414 Well Known Member Member

    If you do Sailfin Mollies i would recommend only 1 Male as Sailfin Males fight for territory and i figured that out the hard way. Just a Heads up.
  13. oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    Definitely only 1 male and either 3 or 4 females, probably 3. :)
  14. Lance0414 Well Known Member Member

    That would be good. Good Luck!
  15. MommaLake Well Known Member Member

    That sounds awesome. I'd love to see pics when you're done
  16. oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    Thanks! It's definitely going to be a little while before it's all done. But I can't wait. :) I'll share pictures for sure. I started a build thread so I'll probably just keep updating that one. I'm planning a big rescape as well. :)

    I think I'll add the loaches first and then the eba and then finally the mollies. How does that sound?
  17. Dave125g Fishlore Legend Member

    I was thinking mabee a few shell dwelling cichlids. I'm not sure if there temperature compatible tho.
  18. oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    I'm not sure either. I'll have to look it up. :)
  19. Lance0414 Well Known Member Member

    I would do the fish(in this order)-Loaches, Pencilfish, Pleco, Mollies, EBA, Angelfish, GBRs.
  20. xapoc Member Member

    Dwarf gouramis, they are beautiful and hardy, I have 3 with 2 of my angles, will get more some day.