Angels in a 48 gallon?

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To all angelfish people out there... Hi!
I've always been attracted to angel fish, they look so graceful swimming about. I have a 48 gallon currently cycling. Could I have a few in there? I have no clear plans for stocking yet, I've thrown a couple random ideas around, but keep coming back to angels.

So much conflicting info on keeping angelfish. Some say only 1 for this size, some say 2, some say 6? I'm looking for actual experience with angels please, not just "sure it works, but I don't own any angels..."
 
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FinalFins said:
Depends on the dimensions.
Off of memory here, it's a bow front, 36" wide, 20" tall, 12-16" deep, 16 at the widest part of the bow front.
 

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Recently I've been researching angels and I've talked to several people with experience with wild types of angels and frankly from what i've gathered I would not put an angel alone as that isolates their social needs, and I wouldn't put a group of angels in anything less than a 4 foot tank. The extra foot helps the loser in a group get away and survive better if they were to be bullied.

I'm sorry to disappoint that I do not keep angels but i've talked to several people with alot of experience with them. I'd just like to share.
 

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I have been keeping Angels for years, I have 2 in a 55 and 4 in a 125. I would not go any smaller then a 55, but that's me. I'am sure others will jump in and say they keep 4 in a 20.
 

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Hmm.. Just my .02.
By no means an expert.
Depends on size. I have kept a batch of 5 juvies (about a quarter size body) in a Planted 55g, worked out fine for about 6 months. Then "Normal" hierarchy stuff, sparing, etc..no real damage. But I did need to rehome/sell a few after a pair developed and started spawning.
Just be prepared, with a plan.

Good Luck!
 

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I agree, I think they need at least a 55g. And have 4 in mine. Because if you get 1 they can't be social. 2, one is going to beat up the other. 3, usually there is the same thing but with 2 weak ones. But 4 there is enough fish for the aggression to be super spread out or for the dominant one not attach.
 
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Aw shucks.

Dream continues..

Thanks for the honest input, I certainly don't want a war in my tank.
 

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As an alternative, may I suggest diamond tetras? They stay smaller than an angel but are still good size for a tetra, they have beautiful finnage as adults, a graceful swimming manner, and in a 48 gallon tank you could keep a lovely school of them. I understand your attraction to angelfish - i adore them also - but long term success with a group really does take a bigger tank. Just thougt I would throw it out there. I put diamond tetras in my 75 as filler and they turned out to be some of my favorite fish in the tank.
 

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