Type Of Angelfish 35 Gallon Tank

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Hello, I am curious about if the type of an angelfish matters. I am going to be setting up a 35 gallon tall planted tank. My lfs has a wide variety of angelfish. I was wondering if a certain type would do best in my tank? For example a koI vs a marbled. I will also be stocking cory's and a schooling fish. Thank you for any help.
 

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There are currently three described species of angelfish. The three described angels are Pterophyllum scalare, Pterophyllum leopoldi, and Pterophyllum altum.

The angelfish that you normally see in stores are domesticated form of P. scalare, which includes koi, gold, marble, platinum, etc. It really doesn't matter what color variant of angels you put in a 35 since they are the same species (P. scalare). LeopoldI angels can certainly be housed in a 35, but here's the problem. LeopoldI angels are extremely difficult to source and are almost wild caught. As for altums, they required a large tank (55 being the minimum) and are extremely difficult to keep.
 
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Thank you for the education. I wasn't aware that there was only 3 species of angelfish. My tank is roughly 30x12x20. Does the height make a difference of being able to keep an angelfish.
 

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Amcdonald58 said:
Thank you for the education. I wasn't aware that there was only 3 species of angelfish. My tank is roughly 30x12x20. Does the height make a difference of being able to keep an angelfish.
Height matters with angelfish. Out of the three angelfish, the altum angelfish is the largest reaching about 12" tall or more. The smallest of the three would be the leopoldi, which reaches about 4" tall. As for the scalare angels, they would reach about 6" tall for the most part, but can grow upward to about 10" tall.
 

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I think you might be better off with a gourami. A pearl gouramI can rival the beauty of any angel fish, but the pearl gouramI is usually a more peacfully fish. I have been luck with peacefull angelfish in my 55 gallon, but that is 2 feet longer then your tank. When 2 of my angels formed a matting pair, there was about 3 days every 2 months were they scared off ever other fish to the left two feet of the tank.
 

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Noroomforshoe said:
I think you might be better off with a gourami. A pearl gouramI can rival the beauty of any angel fish, but the pearl gouramI is usually a more peacfully fish. I have been luck with peacefull angelfish in my 55 gallon, but that is 2 feet longer then your tank. When 2 of my angels formed a matting pair, there was about 3 days every 2 months were they scared off ever other fish to the left two feet of the tank.
I wouldn't say that a pearl gouramI would be the most peaceful gouramI species. While they are considered as peaceful by many aquarists, they can be aggressive. From my experience, honey gouramI are more peaceful than pearl.
 

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Crispii said:
I wouldn't say that a pearl gouramI would be the most peaceful gouramI species. While they are considered as peaceful by many aquarists, they can be aggressive. From my experience, honey gouramI are more peaceful than pearl.
Agree with this my male gouramI is pretty aggressive towards others when they get in its way. Sometimes chasing the female (Not often) and chasing new additions sometimes.
But, somehow the Pearl GouramI lets the Keyhole Cichlids share the cave with him.
 

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Agree with this my male gouramI is pretty aggressive towards others when they get in its way. Sometimes chasing the female (Not often) and chasing new additions sometimes.
But, somehow the Pearl GouramI lets the Keyhole Cichlids share the cave with him.
I had a horrible experience with my male pearl gouramI that I used to keep. He would often harass my female molly and chases everyone whenever I feed the tank, no matter how much food I add to the tank. With honey gouramis, they basically ignore tank mates. I have never seen aggression or harassment coming from those guys. The only "aggression" that I saw would be the male chasing the female away from the bubble nest.
 

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