Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by shiv234, Aug 5, 2017.
how tall should an angelfish tank be
I believe it's 16 inches bare minimum. Around 18 or more is best though.
Minimum is 16 inches for a regular finned , 20 for a veil
I've seen angelfish in an old public aquarium and they were huge, the tank was maybe 10' deep. After that experience I came to the conclusion that general hobbyist tanks are not even close in proper size. The deepest and widest you can fit in your home would be best, even then the angels will be stunted in growth.
You were probably seeing altum angels if it was a public aquarium, which are a separate species and I believe get taller than the type we have in the hobby, which are Pterophyllum scalare, not altum, which are rarer and very expensive.
Just to add a bit more, this is a listing for Altums If you read the description, it will tell you that Altums can grow to nearly 20".
I totally agree. I went to the Chicago aquarium, the angelfish were really large. I know here a 29 gal tank is supposed to be minimum, mention that in a German forum and you will be ripped apart. Nothing under 90 gal is acceptable and angelfish need to be kept in groups since they are social fish
That's way overdone, in my opinion, and I consider myself conservative as far as stockings go.
Well then its a good thing i am not a general hobbtist
IMO/IME ,I don't think Anglefish should be housed a 29g most recommend for them. I wouldn't put them in anything smaller then a 40g breeder.
A 20H is the minimum for a young angelfish (a half dollar sized one) but you should always stick around a fish's max size. A 29 is the minimum for a single/ pair of them with a bare bottom .
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