Animal Stories - Angelfish - Common


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Timid, temperamental, and delicate, the Angelfish is familiar to every freshwater aquarist and the most commonly kept cichlid.
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ann - 2011-07-14
I have 2 marbel angel fishes.One nips tail of other and it always hides near the plants. Now I don know whether its male or female. Need guidance?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
    You can't tell the difference between the male and female unless it is breeding season. During breeding season the papilla on the male is pointed and on the female it is blunt. The male sometimes will make a grating sound with his jaws during mating.
  • Reece Ultimatefishkeeper Thomas - 2011-09-21
    If one has a bump on its head then it's a male and females are smaller than the males.
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Direhorse - 2010-09-03
Would it be possible to keep a red fin sheller with my 8yr old pearl scale angelfish? The sheller is from my 55 gallon cichlid tank, and the angel is in a 29 gallon also containing 2 rainbow sharks, 2 large mystery snails, and a candystripe pleco. Both fish are precious to me.. would the sheller kill anything? He seems very peaceful...

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  • Reece Ultimatefishkeeper Thomas - 2011-09-21
    Yes, it is very possible as long as you get another large angelfish to seperate the aggression from your first one.
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Ethan - 2010-01-01
I got 3 angelfish for my 18 gallon fish tank, they are all about 1 inch in size.
I have 2 rams, 3 penguin tetras, 1 dwarf suckermouth, 5 neons, and I am planning to get guppies too!

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  • Yoserian - 2010-03-03
    Your fishtank is too small! Way too small for stocking angels and everything else. Do some research and find out about water conditions and minimum size requirements before buying fish. Do not buy more fish!
  • Fishman - 2010-03-25
    This is a very bad idea as guppies will become food for angelfish and shall be eaten. They also nip fins and your 3 angelfish grow fast and shall soon outgrow your tank.
  • Jon - 2010-05-14
    Dude, all of those fish are already way too much for a 18 gallon tank. You have like 15 fish in an 18 gallon tank and no matter what size or type they are your tank is way overcrowded. DON'T get more fish!
  • aroth1025 - 2010-06-01
    Watch the guppies with angelfish - once your angels get larger, guppies will be their dinner. :) Guppy fry is actually perfect food for angelfish, though, so if you don't care about losing the guppy babies, this could be a good combination. Good luck!
  • Paul R. Pedigo - 2010-07-11
    WAY overcrowded as it is. Rather than increasing, you need to decrease. You want to have five gallons of water per angel. Your three angels with a pleco and a cory would be fine, but not all those fish you have now.
  • Daniel - 2010-07-22
    Neons are a snack for angels, you may have to relocate them when they get bigger!
  • erik - 2011-02-21
    That's too many fish for that little tank.
  • Justin - 2011-06-06
    You don't want to do that..... 18 gallons is to small for 3 angelfish alone. They will grow up to be 5 in+, have you heard of the "inch per gallon"? Things like decor and gravel will also take up water space, dropping the actual water amount. Angel fish will also eat any small fish like neons.
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Dani - 2010-05-17
I just recently bought a 20 gallon fish tank. I bought 2 angelfish and a few little fish. In a matter of 24 all of my fish died. I checked the temp and its set at 75F. I don't understand why they keep dying. Is there anything I might be missing?

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  • Reed - 2010-05-23
    Are you putting the bag in the water (without letting the fish out yet) to sit for 15 min? If not there is a high chance they will die of shock.
  • aroth1025 - 2010-05-25
    Check your ammonia level in your tank. If your tank is brand new and not cycled (read up on the nitrogen cycle) that is probably the cause. Angelfish are very sensitive to ammonia, especially since the Angelfish/Discus plague of the mid-1980s. They don't seem as hardy as they used to be. Frequent water changes can help bring your levels down until your tank is established.

    Read up on fishless cycling, or cycle your tank with hardy fish such as danios. Once your levels bottom out, then you can start adding Angels.
  • Paul R. Pedigo - 2010-07-10
    Well, for starters, if your tank hasn't cycled rather fishless or with fish, that would do that. Two, I recommend setting the tanks temp at 81. The fish I would recommend for fish cycling is zebra danios and neon tetras. Don't expect the tetras to live long as they are only good start up fish. When you set up a tank, it's generally recommended not to add any fish for a couple days. Also, make sure your dechlorinate your water if your tap water is chlorinated as no fish can take that. Chlorine burns their gills up and kills them.
  • Direhorse - 2010-09-03
    Did you remove the chlorine from the water? If not you can get a de-chlorinator from a pet store. Also wash anything new well without soap if your going to put it in the tank, unwashed tank decoration can hold deadly chemicals and bacteria, no matter where you 1st got it. Hope I was helpful...:)
  • Dana - 2010-12-28
    Upon setting up a new aquarium, you have to get the nitrogen cycle going. To do this, you add only a few fish at a time. In a 20 gallon aquarium, only add about four at a time. This gives the nitrogen cycle time to start, then level out. It also establishes natural bacteria in your gravel that breaks down fish waste and uneaten food. After about three weeks, add a couple more fish. Again, nitrogen levels will spike, but then go back down. There are some bottled bacteria boosters on the market. But, if you take things slow, you won't need them. Lastly, as a general rule, one inch of fish to one gallon of water will tell you how many fish to keep in your aquarium. Keep in mind that angelfish can grow to 5 and 6 inches. If they begin to breed, they can become territorial, and may become aggressive to other fish in your tank. If you start over, put only a few fish at a time in the tank. And give the nitrogen cycle time to work and your bacteria bed in your rocks to become established.
  • Joni - 2011-01-25
    You stated you just bought your tank, did you cycle your tank? If not you most likely lost your fish to a spike in the ammonia. Read up on proper cycling of a new tank, also Angel's prefer warmer temps 80F. Good luck.
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Alex - 2009-08-24
My name is alex. I am doing a class project over the aquarium fish in my last hour class room, and the fish I am doing it over is a marble angelfish and it is so pretty!

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  • \"Livi\" - 2010-10-21
    I think they are very pretty too they are so peaceful I am learning so much about them because I am doing a project on them too!
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Angie - 2008-09-23
Hi, I need some help. I've set up a fresh water aquarium and have the following fish: a pair of angel fish, a pair of African Kribensis, a rainbow shark and red tail shark, a pleco clown and tetra neons. I have watched them for hours to ensure that they can all co-exist in the same tank and all seems to be fine. However, every morning we find 1 or 2 less neons and this morning we found one of the angel fish dead and it looked like one of the other fish attached it. I obviously have a bad combination, which fish do you think can be causing the damage? Any ideas anyone?

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  • aroth1025 - 2010-06-01
    Angelfish and Kribs are both Cichlids and can both get very territorial. Based on the other fish in your tank, I'd go with the krib. The angel could have also just not acclimated to the tank well and died on its own. Angelfish can be very touchy, especially when transferring to a new tank. Check your levels. Good luck!
  • Paul R. Pedigo - 2010-07-10
    Your sharks are doing that. You may want to get rid of the sharks. They generally are not good with angels unless in a very big tank with tons of room.
  • Direhorse - 2010-09-03
    hmmm.. I might go with the kribs.
    I have kept an angel fish with rainbow sharks for 8+ years in a 29 gallon. With no ill effect. Same angelfish, many more rainbow sharks over the years...

    Also It may have died of natural causes and was munched on during the night. Plecos love dead fish in my expirience. Was there and problems the days after you got them? Any nipped fins? Depending on the size of the tank mates, anything might have eated the neons.
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Jake - 2010-08-31
Could I put regular cichlids with angelfish and discus fish?

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SLM.Faris - 2010-06-13
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zack - 2010-03-26
I have an Angel fish that I absolutely love!!!!!!! He likes Brine Shrimp... ( The only food I feed him ) I'm wanting another Angelfish. From what I've heard it is best to keep either one Angel fish or three or more... I've also heard that one might try to be dominant over the other if kept in smaller groups... Is it ok to have two Angel fish?

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  • Alice - 2010-03-29
    I have two angelfish about a quarter size in a 10 gallon tank, and they are doing completely fine! They have one large structure with two entrances in the left corner of their tank and some plants to swim through, having just two is fine as long as they have enough space, I am planning on moving mine into a bigger tank once they get bigger, but they will be fine until they are bigger than a silver dollar.
  • Rachel - 2010-05-23
    I have two angelfish in a 10 gallon aquarium. The only other fish is a cory cat. My angelfish are almost two years old. Most of the time they are within a few inches of each other. I have seen them fight and lock lips only a few times.
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Kribensis12 - 2009-07-21
I absolutely love angelfish. They swim so peacefully, like it takes no effort at all. It's so beautiful, I can stand and watch for hours! I recently bought 6 angelfish from a local auction (best place to get them! Nothing can rival in quality and price!). I bought 3 Sunset Blushing Angelfish (Gorgeous little fish!), and 3 Blue Pearscales (they really look blue!). I absolutely love them! They eat like crazy though! They get fed every 3-4 hours if I am home (they are at about quarter size). I highly advise that anyone interested in angelfish, to go and buy some. Don't hesitate, it's definatley worth it!

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