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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Candy Zucksworth - 2012-12-12
I have angel fish. Noticed one of them has one of the long fins in front is broke off. It's healthy otherwise . Do they grow back?

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  • Candy Zucksworth - 2012-12-14
    Thank you. Thought they would.
  • Candy Zucksworth - 2012-12-14
    Thank you. Thought they would.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-13
    It will normally grow back.
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Candy Zucksworth - 2012-11-08
I have a 29 gallon tank. Have 3 angels. I am having trouble with my ph,getting into the 6.5 range.I do regular water changes. Have a good filter,sponge,charcoal and biobeads.  Anyone have any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-11-09
    I wouldn't worry too much about the ph. It might have some influence if you are trying to breed them but even still I have a friend that breeds them in 7.5 ph. They are not that sensitive to a higher ph and trying to change it may not be worth the trouble especially if your tap water has a higher ph and alkalinity. Good luck!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-09
    What's the pH at in your tank now?  When doing water changes are you adjusting the pH in the water you are putting back into the tank?
  • Candy Zucksworth - 2012-11-09
    My ph.is close to the 6.6. When I do a water change I make sure the ph is the same and temp.is the same. Before I put in the new water I add stress coat and aquarium salt. My filter has three stages. Sponge, charcoal, and biobeads. How often should I do a water change and what percent? Change the charcoal once a month. Had a fish store tell me not to change the foam and biobeads very often. My directions for my filter says, change charcoal once a month, sponge every 2 months and biobeads every 3 months. I am so confused. Thank you for your help. I forgot I check the ph a lot if ph is6.4 or lower I add stuff called ph up. I heard you could use baking soda to raise it.
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-09
    My ph.is close to the 6.6. When I do a water change I make sure the ph is the same and temp.is the same. Before I put in the new water I ad stress coat and aquarium salt. My filter has three stages. Sponge ,charcole, and biobeads. How often should I do a water change and what percent?Change the charcole once a month. Had a fish store tell me not to change the foam and biobeads very often. My directions for my filter says ,change charcole once a month,sponge every 2months and biobeads every 3 months. I am so confused. Thank you for your help. I forgot I check the ph a lot if ph is6.4 or lower I add stuff called ph up. I heard you could use baking soda to raise it.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-09
    Sounds like you are doing all the right things.  What are you using for your substrate?
  • Candy - 2012-11-09
    This is going to sound dumb, what do you mean by substrate.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-09
    Not a dumb question.  The stuff on the bottom, gravel, sand, crushed shells.
  • Candy - 2012-11-09
    I have rock. I clean the rock when I do water change. What about my sponge and biobeads. How often should I change to new.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-09
    Maybe try to add some crush coral to the bottom.  That should raise the pH for you.  For the filter material just rinse them in the water that you remove from the tank.  Using tap water to rinse can kill the beneficial bacteria on the filter.
  • Candy - 2012-11-09
    How often should I rinse them? The pet store that I got my angels from sold me 2 rocks to help with my ph. I put them in and later that night my water was cloudy and my fish were hanging at the top, breathing real hard. Took them out and did a water change ,after that they were ok. It was too much. How much crushed she'll would I use?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-09
    Every water change for the sponge and charcoal.  For the crushed coral start with a few handfuls and check pH once settled.
  • Candy - 2012-11-09
    What about my biobeads? I'm sure the rock I got is coral. Use a hamer and break up some chunks and just ad a few small peices? Should I change my charcoal every month? She sold me 2 pretty big peices, it was just too much. Thank you so much for your help. Is changing my water every 2 weeks good.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-11
    Crushed coral usually comes in a bag. What type of filter do you have?  Sponge should just be rinsed and only changed when it is uncleanable.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-11
    BioBeads will normally dissloved in 7 to 12 months andnew will ones will need to be added.
  • Candy - 2012-11-11
    My filter is the one that hangs on the back. It has the 3 filter things in it. Bottom is sponge,middle charcole,top biobeads.
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nm123 - 2012-01-10
Anglefish are classified as a begginer fish although rarley some sites will say they moderate instead of beginer fish

ps I have a silver zebra anglefish and a black vertail anglefish in the same tank

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Eddie - 2012-02-05
I am considering trying to establish Anglefish and Discus in a 60 gal tank. I am concerned about pH requirements. I will need to be somewhere in the 5 to 6 range for the Discus. Anyone tried this?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-06
    60 gallons, is a very adequate sized aquarium. For Angelfish, and Discus combined, a pH of 6.0-7.0 would be best to keep maintained. 6.5, is very ideal. Best of luck!
  • Collecting Clownfish - 2012-02-07
    Discus and Angelfish are not the best combination. I had a 150 gallon planted Discus tank and it was beautiful! I did want some angelfish, but read about flukes that they typically carry that can kill Discus. I had purchased them from a breeder and talked to several experts that all said the same thing. Discus are very expensive, so they are not really worth risking, IMO. I also read that keeping them at 93 F helped with illness and getting them to feed. I kept them successfully for many years until I sold them and switched back to salt water. I did a planted tank and it was beautiful! When you get that green bacterial algae stuff that WILL appear in a planted tank eventually (green slime), you can use the same product people use for red slime algae in their tank, just 1/2 dosage from what I remember. Worked great! Another product that works with MOST plants is Seachems Paragard for most illnesses.

    Doing a TON of researched helped me to be successful, and the 93 F is honestly the best! Angelfish would not do well at that temperature, but your discus will be very happy. Seemed whenever I had it lowered, they didn't eat as well and got sick. That was just my experience. Take care and enjoy the Discus, but please remember, Discus are like seahorses.... they eat VERY slow and angelfish will eat all the food before they get a chance. Discus need their own environment.
  • deba - 2012-04-07
    This is not a good combination.
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Alicia - 2011-12-09
We adopted an Angelfish 2 days ago, sadly he died about 30 minutes ago and I'm not sure why. He was full grown so I suppose he could have been older or maybe too stressed. We have a 55 gallon tank, there's a castle in the center and we have both live and fake plants in the tank. Ph is about a 7.5, temp is between 76-78, and the only other things in the tank are 2 plecos, a couple ghost shrimp, a killifish and the dreaded snails.. Other than stress or being old I can't figure out why he died. Any suggestions?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-09
    Being you just got him 2 days ago - possibly he was ill when you purchased him or yes age or stress conditions. Sounds like you have checked all the tank conditions and if all is fine those are the only 3 things I can think of.
  • Phill M. - 2012-01-28
    Its sounds like your tank temp and PH are just fine. It must of been your 2 plecos, they like to suck off the slime coats of angel fish, gold fish an other flat body fish. They do it to angel fish whenever they are sleeping. Look up plecos on this site and you will see for yourself.
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nm123 - 2012-01-10
Forgot to say the silver zebra anglefish and the black vertail anglefish are in a 30 gallon wide aquarium

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Erin Francisco - 2007-11-03
I just bought 2 marbled angelfish yesterday. I paired them with two fancy double tailed goldfish. At first, the goldfish kept chasing my angelfish but on the second day, they're doing pretty good. The goldfish stopped chasing the angelfish and everything was ok except for one thing. As I have observed, my angelfish don't eat much. This is my first time taking care of angelfish and I am not yet familiar on their diet. I wish they would eat more so they would grow faster. I just love watching them moving graciously. My 2 goldfish are their opposite. They are all over the tank. I also enjoy watching them because they are so active. They're really funny. I just hope to
make my angelfish happy in the days to come.

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  • Rosamom - 2011-10-20
    Angels and goldfish thrive in different temps. Angels like warm water and goldfish like it cold!
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Ramsey Jasper - 2008-06-22
We've had Angel fish for a long time, my brother tried breeding them and never could, my dad tried after my brother and it went worse for him. So I decided to put them in my all plant aquarium... to my surprise they had eggs, on my big leafed plant, I was actually surprised or shocked I guess when I found out that they hatched. Its been 3 or more days since then with several still alive. One angel is a marble the other is a gold. Is that considered rare or normal. I'm guessing normal. Anyways, knock on wood, they survive!! I would like to know how long it takes for the babies to mature enough so we can take the parents out. OR if we should even take them out. Plus I just found out my female peacock was pregnant so it was quite a great week!

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  • Amanda - 2011-10-12
    It's a good idea once the fry become free swimming to remove the parents. For several reasons. If you want an additional spawn parents will be to distracted with the first spawn to even think about another. Angelfish are very involved parents. The other is that the fry will sometimes start to nip at parents causing stress. If you want additional info there are some great documentaries on breeding angelfish on youtube.
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jordan - 2011-09-29
i have a albino angle fish with an oscar, bichir, fire mouth, pirhanna, and a pleco and he's doing pretty good.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-29
    It is up to you as to what you choose to do but I would suggest you read up on the various fish you have in one tank. You have some agressive fish that are going to get quite large and they will kill or eat the others as size permits.
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Reece Ultimatefishkeeper Thomas - 2011-09-21
I have 2 large angelfish and they are just fine apart from one having fin rot, can it recover from it in time for christmas?

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  • David Brough - 2011-09-21
    A medication designed for fin rot should cure it within a few days. It may take longer to repair the fins and look good, but a couple of months should be plenty of time.
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