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Can I get an Angel fish??
Old 12-31-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
 
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Can I get an Angel fish??


I have a feeling, I know what the answer will be. I saw some small Angelfish at Petco today. I would love to add one to my 43 gal planted tank. I have a variety of community fish in there, such as Neon tetras, various loaches, 2 dwarf rainbows, one female gourami, and one male Bolivian Ram. Anyone have thoughts on adding such a fish.

My ph is on the high side, at 7.5. Any input, thoughts much appreciated, by those of you with more experience.

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Old 12-31-2011, 10:12 PM   #2
 
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I have a feeling, I know what the answer will be. I saw some small Angelfish at Petco today. I would love to add one to my 43 gal planted tank. I have a variety of community fish in there, such as Neon tetras, various loaches, 2 dwarf rainbows, one female gourami, and one male Bolivian Ram. Anyone have thoughts on adding such a fish.

My ph is on the high side, at 7.5. Any input, thoughts much appreciated, by those of you with more experience.

Gwen
Well I wouldn't risk adding Angelfish to that tank. First Angels and Gouramis should never be housed together because of aggressive behaviours from the two fish. Also once the Angels are fully grown any small fish that it thinks they can eat will be well eaten LoL. Some loaches can be to active for Angels also.
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:23 AM   #3
 
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Well I wouldn't risk adding Angelfish to that tank. First Angels and Gouramis should never be housed together because of aggressive behaviours from the two fish. Also once the Angels are fully grown any small fish that it thinks they can eat will be well eaten LoL. Some loaches can be to active for Angels also.

Thanks. That is what I thought. Heard they will eat smaller fish when they are bigger. They were so small and cute in the store :)

I won't get one.

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Old 01-01-2012, 02:25 PM   #4
 
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I second that, my dwarf Gourami and angelfish did nothing but chase and nip eachother til I had to separate them.
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:26 PM   #5
 
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The german rams in your avatar photo are beautiful by the way :)
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:21 PM   #6
 
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Agree with what has been said. Also, angelfish are shoaling fish by nature and should therefore be in small groups. This obviously carries other issues.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:07 PM   #7
 
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My ph is on the high side, at 7.5. Any input, thoughts much appreciated, by those of you with more experience.
I believe Angel's also need somewhat acidic water, with a max pH of about 6.2

I remember that because I really want an Angel tank ... but my water's pH is 7 and controlling pH is more or less a futile effort. Driftwood can lower it, but no way to tell how much.

Plus I have somewhat hard water, they like soft water. It's just not meant to be for me

Before I moved out East I had some, loved them, one got very large. About the size of my palm. And yes, they do find neon tetras quite tasty
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:40 PM   #8
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I have a breeding pair and fry in 7.6-8 pH water now, as long as they are not wild caught they should be quite adaptable.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:52 AM   #9
 
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I have a breeding pair and fry in 7.6-8 pH water now, as long as they are not wild caught they should be quite adaptable.
No don't you go on giving me hope....

I assume the ones you get in chain stores like Petsmart are not going to be wild caught, correct? Does that mean I could actually have them in my pH 7 on the hard side water? And by having them, I mean having them and them be happy and live long.

*crosses fingers*
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:41 PM   #10
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I've had mine for two months and the person I bought them from had them in water similar, my guess is you have a good chance, most angel fish found in the trade are captive bred now I believe, usually only fish stores might carry the wild caught and I believe there is a mark up on those.
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