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Can I add one angelfish to my community tank?

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Can I add one angelfish to my community tank?
Old 10-31-2009, 09:41 AM   #1
 
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Can I add one angelfish to my community tank?

Hello all,

I was thinking of adding an angelfish to my 55 gallon tank but wasn't sure if it was a good idea. I currently have 3 silver dollars, 3 black skirt tetras, 4 mollies, 4 swordtails (3 female, 1 male), 5 full grown cardinal tetras, 4 cories, and one pleco. Would one angelfish be okay to add to this tank or am I pretty fully stocked? Do angelfish do well by themselves? Thank you for your help and insight!
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:08 AM   #2
 
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Hi Lisa,

You may want to consider the combination of silver dollars and cardinal tetras. Angels will absolutely be fine with silver dollars either individually or by groups but cardinal tetras are another matter and may possibly be eaten by the silver dollars unless we are talking about spotted species that are the smallest at 4 inches only.

What species is your pleco?
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:18 AM   #3
 
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I understand that the cardinals might get eaten. I am hoping that because I got the silver dollars when they were very small, that they will learn to live with them when full grown. That being said, I know I am taking a risk. I also know that if I put an Angel in the tank, he may also eat the cardinals when it gets bigger. I do not plan on adding more cardinals because of this.

Do you think I am too stocked to get an Angel at this point? Also, is it okay to just get one Angel or would it be better if I got two? I was worried about aggression but I also didn't want an Angel to get lonely by itself. What do you think? Thanks for the response!!
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:29 AM   #4
 
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Ahhh..I should have looked at your sig. That pleco is your problem. I'd replace him with a bristlenose pleco if I were you. BN plecos don't grow more than 4 inches and much more desirable than common plecos that reach 18 inches and possibly harass its tankmates. One angel should be fine by itself.
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:38 AM   #5
 
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I was thinking about doing the same thing. I know eventually he will get quite large. I've had him about 6 weeks and he's already grown an inch. Other than the pleco, you think I am stocked lightly enough to get an Angel? He won't be too lonely by himself?
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:18 PM   #6
 
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Angels can stand up on their own unlike some cichlids such as discus. It'll be fine.
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:22 PM   #7
 
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While some obviously do, I would not recommend keeping a single angelfish. They are shoaling fish that live in large groups and quite social. And with what you now have, a group of 5+ angels would be too much. Aside from the water chemistry, they also need space since they will challenge each other from time to time, being cichlids.

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Old 10-31-2009, 12:45 PM   #8
 
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So basically you're suggesting I just steer clear of Angels since I'd really only have room for one?
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:58 PM   #9
 
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So basically you're suggesting I just steer clear of Angels since I'd really only have room for one?
Yes, that's is my suggestion. There is good info on this fish here in the Tropical Fish Profiles section, but no mention of numbers, so here's another reliable source, for your info.
http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile.php?genus=Pterophyllum&species=%22scalare% 22&id=99

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Old 10-31-2009, 05:11 PM   #10
 
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Thanks a lot for your help!
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