Animal Stories - Angelfish - Common

Animal-World Information about: Angelfish - Common

Timid, temperamental, and delicate, the Angelfish is familiar to every freshwater aquarist and the most commonly kept cichlid.
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sam - 2009-10-27
Hiya, I have a 40 gallon fluval vicenza aquarium with a fluval external canister filter. I do a 25% percent water change every Friday and the fish are feed flake, cichlid pellets, tetra prima, catfish pellets, and blood worm treats. My current fish are one 3inch male festivum, one 3 inch male opaline gourami, one 3inch female pearl gourami. 3 days ago I added 4 little baby angelfish about the size of a 50p, 2 smaller marble ones and 2 silver striped angelfish. At first they got chased and nipped but now they are ignored.They lighten up my dull tank. They look so awesome just playing tag in and out of the big amazon sword plants. Feeding time is, well fun, they are wee psychos, lol. Soon I'm going to add some new fishes to the festivum, gourami's and angel's tank. I'm thinking about adding somthing like 2 golden gouramis, 1 snakeskin gourami, 1 baby pleco, 1 red tailed shark, 4 baby keyhole cichlids, 6 cherry barbs, 8 serpae tetras, and I would like to add a baby severum too, but we'll see. Thanks Animal-World, you've helped me out sooooo many times with your fish info, and today you helped me again with my new angels. So thank you very much :), your brilliant! Cheers Animal-World. I mean it, without your site I'd be a crap fish keeper, thanks!!

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  • Wes - 2013-12-23
    That is way too many fish. If you are going to add all the fish you say your going to need a 125 gallon.
Rach - 2013-06-21
I three big angelfish, and two are marble male and my female. I also have 3 small angelfish, 2 gouramis, a clown loach, and a 3 to 4 inch pleco in a 36 gallon tank. One of the males and the female I had just gotten 2 weeks ago, and they laid eggs unknowingly, and I do not know anything on angelfish fry.  Above all, these two fish are beating up my other big angelfish that I had through everything. I was going take them back, but now  I do not know long the fry need to be with fiercely guarding parents!

Max miller - 2013-03-26
So I have a 60 gallon with 10 black tetras and I was thinking of getting 2 black angelfish. Will 2 be fine?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-27
    The tetras may harrass the angels at first and add too much stress for them unless larger angels.
Kim DaFoe - 2013-03-17
I am getting a 38 gallon tank for home. I plan on using sand for the substrate. I have 2 zipper loaches in my tank at work that I plan on bringing to the home tank. I am looking for suggestions. I would like to get a couple of Angels but I'm not sure what else to get. I like the Cardnil Tetra, Dwarf Gourami, African Butterfly & Banjo Cats. I see so many fish that I would like to have, but I want to be sure of the compatibility and I don't want to over stock.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-17
    Angels get large and 2 full grown can take up a 38 gallon tank.  Dwarf gourami will do well.  Careful adding anything that requires schools or like to nip.  The tank will not be large enough for schooling fich as well.
Anonymous - 2013-01-05
please help me. i had three of these little fish. they were all relatively small, i got one from petsmart and the other two from walmart. i have had the petsmart one for about a week now and this morning i woke up to see it dead. stuck to the filter. i left for four hours and came back to see the smallest one acting like it was stoned. it was doing loops, swimming int ornaments, and laying on the ground while it seemed like it was having a seizure. the other one was fine.recently to of my other fish have caught ich. i have been treating them with Ich Guard. two teaspoons, its a twenty gallon. i haven't treated them today. can someone please tell me what is wrong with my fish.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-01-05
    it's dead now:(
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-06
    Sorry to hear that.  Angel when small are very sensitive to water conditions.  Tank conditions need to be perfect.  The fish could have already been stressed for the tanks at walmart.  The eratic swimming can be a sign of amonia spike.  Test your water before adding more fish.  Make sure your tank has cycled.  I would start with some hardier fish like danios, platys or mollies.
Candy Zucksworth - 2013-02-03
I have 2 angel fish. The two were getting along fine,hanging around together. All of a sudden one of them chases the other. Now it is in the corner all the time. I have. 30 gallon tank. Should I get a couple more angels or just take the one out? The bully can be by itself. Not sure what to do.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-04
    As Angelfish get older they often become territorial and somewhat more aggressive. They will also usually pair off. It sounds like maybe your two are not hitting it off together and you may want to separate them. First you could try adding other community fish (of the same size or larger) and/or adding more plants and decorations to see if that helps.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-04
    I had 3 in my tank. The two in there now paired off and were chasing the one. Took out that one they were chasing. They were doing fine together and all of a sudden my big marble one started chasing the one he hung around with. All it does is hide in the corner. I have a bunch of plants. Should I take the one out and my marble can be the only angel? What other fish would get along with him? I have had an angel and gold Severn together, they did fine. What other fish would do well with it? I don't want a gold Severn again.
jay - 2003-09-27
beautiful and aggressive

nm123 - 2011-12-10
i just added a long finned black veil angelfish into my 30 gallon tank i also have a silver zebra angle fish that i got at a different day they are both the same size just one has shorter fins and one has longer fins and i moved all the decorations before i put him in is this a good match fin wise none of the angelfish have nipped each other yey

please right back to me asap

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  • Anonymous - 2012-11-09
    They should be okay in a 30 gallon. As with any new companions, I would keep an eye out for any aggression but it is unlikely you will have any problems.
Paul R. Pedigo - 2010-07-10
I have eight marble veil angels. I have two pairs of them now with one consistent spawners. They live in a 46 gallon bowfront with a school of zebra danios, two pink glowfish, two plecos, and two corys. I have had two batches of fry so far and the second spawn was MASSIVE. They are thriving and very beautiful fish. Not a beginners fish I can tell you that.

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  • nm123 - 2011-12-07
    I would just like to correct something you said anglefish not being a begginer fish. Anglefish are a begginer fish but you can not use them to cycle and tank even though they are hardy this is because of the delicate fins.
skull - 2005-11-24
i just got my angelfish. they are a little jumpy. their names are garfield (he is black with silver strips) and odie (he is sivler with black strips). i had 1 angelfish before, but it died from the stess of being moved. angelfish are really cool. garfield "brake dances" he will seee his reflection an the glass and move backward. then move forward shaking his head. it is really funny.