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post #1 of 20 Old 07-24-2011, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
acquired an angelfish. a little help?

I recently acquired an angelfish that the owner could not keep, and i couldnt let it get killed. currently I have it in a planted 55 gallon with a pictus catfish that i got at the same time. I am going to be adding a few more of the pictus, but my question is about the angelfish. everything ive read said they should be kept in groups. this one lived in a group of three until recently when the other two passed, shortly before i received it. Should I add more angelfish to the tank? This one is large and the only ones around here are quite small. will it attack the smaller ones? Ive never kept angelfish before so i dont know much about them except what ive read recently.
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post #2 of 20 Old 07-24-2011, 04:26 PM
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I bought a nickel size angelfish to grow up in my community tank and keep the livebearer fish fry that get born every month down. You have a 55 gal. I had just 1 angelfish that I had in my 55 gal. community tank and it did well by itself.I got that one as a baby but I don't see why a single angelfish would be a problem. They get about 6" big when full grown.

Really small fish they may eat. They all have personalities so they are all different. If it turns out to be mean among your other aquarium fish I would rehome it on craigslist or take it to a aquarium store that takes credit for fish brought in. The really large ones are sort or expensive at the fish stores. You can then get something you want at the store with the store credit. The one you got might be a sweetie and get along with everyone like mine did.I think that tetras need a nice school of 6-10 but I have 1 catfish in my 30 gal. community tank that is fine all by itself and they said that you should get 3-4 in a tank so I do not go with what some information says.

Angelfish they say if you want to breed them to get 4-6 small ones and they will pair up. The ones that do not pair up you rehome or take them back to the store. A male will defend it's female and eggs from other angels or fish in the tank. A well planted tank is the best for angels. If you are not interested in breeding I would just keep 1 as I really like them. They follow you around when you feed them and seem to be there in front of the tank when you are near. Every tank should have 1 large fish in the tank it adds interest then a bunch of small same size fish. Here is a picture of my small black one I got before I added it to my 30 gal. community tank. You always have the option to rehome it.
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post #3 of 20 Old 07-24-2011, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
I dont plan on rehoming it, and the only tankmates it has are the pictus. I was only wondering if it would be ok by itself
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post #4 of 20 Old 07-24-2011, 07:20 PM
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It should be fine. I looked up Pictus catfish and they get 12" big when mature. That one will need to find a new home if it ever grows to that size. It looks to be a cute little catfish. Post pictures of your adopted Angelfish if you can.
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post #5 of 20 Old 07-24-2011, 07:44 PM
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There are many species of pictus catfish. The spotted variety is more common and will usually top out at 6-8" I would buy a couple more of those. The ones that get 10-12" are the striped variety and they are harder to find.

To answer your question you COULD keep a single angel but i would buy like 5 more. They do like to be in groups and if they do pair it's very cool to see 2 cichlid parents gaurd their fry. Plus you have the tank space for more angels. Your angle may very well chase the other ones but in a tank the size of yours, as long as you get like 5 all at once it the aggression should stay dispersed among the fish.

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post #6 of 20 Old 07-25-2011, 01:25 AM
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Angel fish are a very social fish and should be kept in groups of 5-6. Do you know how old this angel is, or at least the size of the fish? I would try to get the largest angels that you are able to find to add with this one. Also I would make sure that plenty of hiding spots and plants are in the tank real or fake to help break up the line of sight. If you have not already read the profile on angel fish I would suggest that you do. You can find the fish profiles at the top of the page second tab from the left.
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post #7 of 20 Old 07-25-2011, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
Ive read the profile on angelfish, thats why i was asking how i should add more. I dont know the age, only that the previous owner had it for at least a year and a half. And its about 5 inches long from tail to nose, and about the same tall. The only ones i can find around here are about the size of a quarter. In the tank I have 12 live plants that so far come up to half the height of the tank, as well as a little bit of this grass looking plant, that is only a couple inches. There is also a cave i made out of rocks for the pictus, and one huge ornament in the center of a tank that you hook an air pump up to and it looks like an underwater waterfall.Should I just buy 5 little ones and add them after I turn out the lights for an evening? I dont believe he has established a territory yet, hes has only been in the tank a couple days. And the pictus that I have is the spotted one, to which I also plan to add a few more, as ive read they are social too
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post #8 of 20 Old 07-25-2011, 10:26 AM
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I would get the largest of the quarters that you can. You can add them at anytime of the day when you do so however I would keep the lights off in the aquarium for the rest of the day. Also I would make sure to feed the other fish that are in the aquarium already before adding the others, and than wait until the next day o feed everyone. Make sure that you keep a close eye on everyone to watch for signs of aggression. With the size of your tank and with the plants that are there though things should work out. The angel that you have I would say that at the size that it is that it is full grown. Good luck and keep us updated on how things go. Also if you have a chance would love to see pictures of your new additon
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post #9 of 20 Old 07-25-2011, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
Well here he is

And heres a better pic of his tank

And just for the heck of it, heres a pic of my 55 gallon community tank :)
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post #10 of 20 Old 07-25-2011, 10:54 AM
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Very nice looking fish
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