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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, 05:35 PM   #11
 
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Thanks a lot for your help!
You're most welcome. And don't forget the pleco issue Lupin mentioned, that is going to be trouble; maybe the store will exchange? Some will, they understand how we get ourselves into these predicaments.

So you know, the problem with fish that attain a large size in small quarters is a health issue; as the fish grows, so do the internal organs. But being restricted by the small tank, it cannot properly develop. All sorts of various problems can be traced to this, it's called stunting. It is believed by many to actually be a water quality problem more than the physical space, but the two are obviously related. The larger tank provides better water quality so it solves the problem. Beyond this, there is also the space issue and its effect on the fish's behaviour, although some would argue that this is just another outcome of the health issues.

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Old 11-01-2009, 08:47 AM   #12
 
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Gotcha. I will talk to my LFS about exchanging it. If I can't, I'll just give it to them and pay the $3-$4 for a bristlenose Thanks again for all your help and knowledge!
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:52 AM   #13
 
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What else do you think I could add to this tank since I can't do an Angel? Do you think maybe a dwarf gourami? Would that be okay with the Silver Dollars, mollies, tetras and swords? I'd like a little variety if possible. If not a gourami, do you have any other suggestions?
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:43 AM   #14
 
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What else do you think I could add to this tank since I can't do an Angel? Do you think maybe a dwarf gourami? Would that be okay with the Silver Dollars, mollies, tetras and swords? I'd like a little variety if possible. If not a gourami, do you have any other suggestions?
According to my research, the dwarf gourami has some issues that do not make it the best fish for a mixed community. Rather than going into all that, here's a link to Serious Fish's comments: Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia) - Seriously Fish

I always hesitate to suggest fish, as I think one should have the fish that you prefer, not what I prefer. To help you, I would think about some fish that you like, and then do a search on Serious Fish or the Profiles here, and if after that you have specific questions, ask in a thread and those with experience in that fish can help out. In the case of the dwarf gourami for instance, I had this fish back in the 1980's I think, but have forgotten whatever I might have noticed back then anyway.

One observation, when looking at possible fish, always consider the water parameters you have, and what the present fish require, and select fish that are compatible. Compatibility is more than just behaviour, it is also biological. Fish from vastly different waters will not make good community fish kept together because either both will be adjusting to something undesireable, or one of them will. If all the fish have similar requirements respecting pH, hardness, temperature and their environment [more in a moment], they will be better suited and thus less stressed which is more healthy.

On the environment, by this I mean things like plants, wood, rocks, caves, etc. For instance, the dwarf gourami (and all gouramis) come from thickly-planted swamps and slow flowing streams and do not appreciate water movement nor bare tanks. Silver dollars come from densely planted streams but they are voracious plant eaters. All of this is important in choosing tankmates.

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Old 11-01-2009, 01:19 PM   #15
 
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I understand why you don't like suggesting fish to other people. Makes perfect sense. I was just wondering if there are other fish out there that could be paired well with what I have besides mollies, tetras, and swords. I guess I could go with a different breed of tetra. I was just looking for suggestions outside of what I already have.
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