04-11-2009, 04:26 PM
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44 gallons is not big enough for a group of angels when they are full grown. I have two females in my 30(29) gallon, and they get along fine. I think that within the next nine months or so, I will have to be getting rid of one of them as they will get too big for the tank. It might be possible to have a group of three to four in your 44 if and only if you had no other mid to high level dwellers. Even then, you still run the risk of getting a male and female that will pair off and kill the other because of such close quarters. A lot of plants will help out with this. If you want a visual, just cut a diamond shape piece of paper 6 inches in length from point to point and 10 inches in height from point to point and you can see how quickly you tank will fill up.
With almost any fish no matter how peaceful it is, or who it grew up with. Once it finds out that a certain fish will fit in its mouth(if it likes the taste) it will go after fish of that size for food. With angels this doesn't happen all that often, but there is a possiblility that in a couple years they might find this out about the neons. I would say it was less than a 25% chance, so you still are pretty safe for that stocking. Keep in mind that angels have pretty small mouths, so it would have to be a really big angel for this to happen. For reference, my 3" blue rams have two to three times the size of mouths as my 5"x7" angel.
As for african cichlids, the odds are against you for keeping them in your tank with other tankmates. Most africans(especially from lake Malawi) are extremely aggressive and need to be overstocked in the tank with other africans. Also the water parameters that they need(high ph) will rule out most other fish possibilities.