02-27-2009, 12:09 PM
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Give me one good reason 40 gallons isn't enough space for angels???? The idea of an in home aquarium is not to replicate a lake, obviously. I've seen angel thrive and live long lives in smaller tanks. The deeper the 40 gallon tank the better, but any 40 gal is perfectly adequate. A seasoned cichlid owner knows that the size of each fish has really nothing to do with how many you can put in one tank. It has more to do with territory and aggression. All cichlids are territorial, some only slightly, others highly aggressive. The biggest concern with lagre cichlids is swiming room. Many grow to be 8-12 in or more, and would have a difficult time menuvering around in the tank. My advice, stay with small to mid-sized cichlids of similar aagression. Don't put weaker more docile species with hard core agressive fish, and make sure their is structure in the tank to allow your tankmates to ignore one another better. Fish have short memory, so if they see a threat one second, thier on it, but if they don't see the same threat the next second, they'll quikley forget and move on. eventually they may or may not choose to cooexist. Not every fish is exactly the same. I recommend: 1 male firemouth, and 1 female firemouth. Breeding pairs are an awesome choice for a tank you size...you don't have to put anything else with them. Watching the fish interact and move through the breeding cycle is amazing. Of course you'll get fry, but Fish store like freebies, some even pay for them.