How Many Angelfish Should/Can You Keep in a Community Tank?

AquaticQueen

Hi,
I had been wanting to keep angelfish in a community tank at some point so I began researching, but now I'm super confused as to how many you should/can keep in a community. These are the options I came up with but each one has some sort of issue:

Option 1. Get 3.
Problems: 2 could pair off, kill the other angel, and then terrorize the rest of the tank, OR 1 angel would become dominant and the same thing could happen.

Option 2. Keep 4-5+.
Problems: The same issues that I mentioned in Option 1 only you would end up with more dead fish.

Option 3. Get a pair.
Problems: They could pair up and terrorize everybody else in the tank.

Option 4. Keep one angelfish.
Problem: It could get lonely by itself.

What do you do??? Just not keep angelfish in communities?? Or run the risk of aggression and dead fish?
 

SouthAmericanCichlids

I do 4, but, I have had success with 3, with 4, even if you have aggressive angels, the fishing will be diminished enough, but if you have 3 non-aggressive ones, then it is fine.

But again there is the whole issue with breeding, but if you have a big enough tank, there should be enough room for the other 1/2. How big is your tank? And of course, mated angels can even split up.
 

Dennis57

First question how big is the tank?
 

AquaticQueen

I do 4, but, I have had success with 3, with 4, even if you have aggressive angels, the fishing will be diminished enough, but if you have 3 non-aggressive ones, then it is fine.

But again there is the whole issue with breeding, but if you have a big enough tank, there should be enough room for the other 1/2. How big is your tank? And of course, mated angels can even split up.
First question how big is the tank?
I don't actually have the tank as of right now. This is a future plan. The tank would be as big as it needs to be really. I don't really want to be keeping more than 3 angels though so maybe something like a 40g breeder?
 

Dennis57

I would say start with a 75, (4 Angels) and if you can go to a 125
 

MonsterGar

When it comes to aggression the more the better, and by that I mean the more you have the more spread out the aggression will be. If you have 5 angelfish and 2 pair, no single angelfish will be bullied (Which is usually how fish die to aggressors). The aggression will be distributed somewhat evenly among the other 3, and they should be able to handle that healthily. Of course this all depends on tank size and the temperament of your angelfish. If you get them as juveniles, they will grow up with each other, and thus, be more friendly and accustomed to each other, even when breeding. Lots of aquarium decor can also stop aggression, as each fish can have it's own secluded area of the tank where aggressive fish are less likely to find or see it. Here's how many angel fish can in a 40g or smaller. (In my opinion)

1 pair in a 30g with no other fish except armored catfish (No cories)

Same goes for a 40g breeder except you can bump up the angels to 3 or increase the amount of armored catfish; If 2 angels pair take the 3rd one out.

These stocking plans are under the assumption that a pair is going to form at some point and time. Whenever no angelfish are paired you can add pretty much any fish you want as long as they cant be eaten and you have enough filtration, as angelfish are relatively peaceful when not breeding. But if they do pair be prepared to take the other fish out.
 

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