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Getting a 36 gallon - How many Angelfish?

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Getting a 36 gallon - How many Angelfish?
Old 12-03-2011, 03:23 PM   #1
 
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Getting a 36 gallon - How many Angelfish?

I will soon be purchasing a 36 gallon bow front and would like to have Angelfish after I seed the new tank and everything stabilizes. From what I've already read it sounds like having two and getting them fairly young is the best route to go. I would like to have some other fish with them as well. Any stocking suggestions? I really like the Congo Tetra's. Would a 36 gallon be a big enough size to comfortably house two Angels and 6 Congo Tetras?

We have soft water with poor buffering. It comes out of the tap at around 7.6 - 8.0 then drops to below 7.0 after a few hours. Would the product Neutral Regulator by Seachem be good to use? It adjusts the pH to a neutral 7.0

Live plants intimidate me, is it a must with Angelfish or is it enough to provide a natural looking aquarium with lots of various sized silk plants?

Thanks!
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:32 PM   #2
 
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Hi! Congrats on your new tank, that's exciting!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but...
The only way a 36g could house Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) would be if they were a breeding pair. And if this were the case, you couldn't keep anything else with them. You can click on the shaded name to read more. I'm sorry!
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:12 PM   #3
 
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Thanks for the reply, but I have read on more than one occasion of people keeping two Angelfish together with other fish in a 36 gallon. I guess they could be wrong though. What about one Angelfish with others? I know it's not the norm. In the past we had a tropical community tank with an Angelfish and it worked out well.
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:22 PM   #4
 
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I'm just going on what's best for the fish. Angels live in large groups in the wild, so that's what they're hardwired for. Straying from that can lead to issues like behavioural problems, stress, illness, or shortened lifespan.
I wish it were different, I'd LOVE to have one Angel in my 25g. But, alas, it wouldn't be fair to the fish.
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:25 PM   #5
 
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Thanks for the reply, but I have read on more than one occasion of people keeping two Angelfish together with other fish in a 36 gallon. I guess they could be wrong though. What about one Angelfish with others? I know it's not the norm. In the past we had a tropical community tank with an Angelfish and it worked out well.
It worked out for me. But i would still only recommend a pair for the 36g, then a group of maybe 5-6 corydoras for cleanup, a small species pleco, and then maybe some cardinal tetras or even a pair of rams would look fantastic.

I would definitely lean towards a planted tank also.


Also, I actually have a pair of angels I'm selling and lots of young 2 month old fry as well if you are interested
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:35 PM   #6
 
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Well, I decided against having Angelfish. I just don't feel a 36 gallon will be big enough after all.

Thanks for the help though!
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:04 PM   #7
 
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You could easily keep 3 angelfish, right through adulthood in a 36 gal tank. In fact I have done this many times, in many tanks, with no problem. At any given time, I have more than 2000 angelfish in my fishroom.

Only general rule I follow for angels is 10 gallons per adult fish.
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