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post #1 of 11 Old 05-08-2014, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Angelfish 20 Gallon High Stocking Ideas

I just purchased a single angelfish for my 20H and am looking for ideas for other tankmates. I would like a clown pleco for sure but am looking at bottom dwellers and mid-topshoaling fish as well. Was thinking panda cories and either black skirts or harlequin rasboras. Thoughts appreciated!
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-09-2014, 06:24 AM
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A 20 gallon tank is way too small for an adult angelfish. Do you have any plans for an upgrade?

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post #3 of 11 Old 05-09-2014, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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It's plenty large enough for a single adult angelfish. It's not a 20 long it's a 20 tall.
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Good luck with that. Just please, watch this video. Consider the fish.
This is a 75 gallon tank with adult angels.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyD1KZMUsIc

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-09-2014, 08:46 AM
I don't know why a 20 gallon would be too small for angelfish.... could easily put 2 angels in a 20 gallon tall. Just make sure your angels are small or your rasboras are big as my angels threaten to eat harlequins but they can't due to size.

55 Gallon Fluval 48x12x20{3 Angelfish, 9 Harlequin Rasboras, 7 Gold Barbs, 6 Buenos Aires Tetras, 1 Red Tailed Black Shark, 1 Paradise Gourami }

33 Gallon Hagen 36x12x18 {1 male blue Ram, 1 female electric blue Ram, some Danios}

16 Gallon Aqueon Bow Front 20x13x18 {Pair of Breeding Angelfish }

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post #6 of 11 Old 05-09-2014, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Many people breed angels in 20Hs. It's not inadequate space for a single adult angel by any means. Could he be happier in a larger tank? Of course. A platy would be happier in a 55 rather than a 10 but it isn't necessary for survival, growth and to thrive. Everyone has different views on this matter, however. General rule of thumb for stocking angels is 15 gallons per fish.
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Angelfish 20 Gallon High Stocking Ideas

I wouldn't say you could EASILY keep 2 angels in a 20 high, but as flint said people breed angels in 20H tanks. HOWEVER, breeding them in a tank and keeping them in a community in such a sized tank are not the same thing.

Having seen full grown angels, I surely wouldn't want to put more than 1 in a 20 gallon, and even that's pushing it hard IMO. But that's my opinion, based on my extremely limited experience with angels.


Black skirts are too big for a 20 IMO.

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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-09-2014, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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You know I push stocking limits, Jaysee. Lol What would you recommend as a mid-top level shoaling fish with an angel in a 20?
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-09-2014, 10:02 AM
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Black neons and panda Corys.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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The neons won't be lunch?
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