07-02-2011, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by ScarlettAngel
I don't have a tank PH yet as the tank is being set up next week, although the tip about testing my tap water is a good one ( I believe it is soft but I'll check it). In my community tank I have 2 young angelfish that I've now decided to put in the cichlid tank. If anyone can tell me where they are from as this is now going to decide what area my cichlids will come from. Apologies if I sound a little " thick" but there seems to be so much to learn about cichlids and there is so much advice to read about it's starting to confuse me and I really want to get this set up right.
Angel fish come from the amazon basin, Scalare Angelfish would be what you have. If you go to the highlighted area of the fishes name, or go to the second tab at the top of the page you will find the link that will take you to the tropical fish profiles. There is a lot of good information there that will tell you what you need to know about a particular fish. Angels do better in a group of 5 or more angels, with a 55 gallon tank you will be able to keep 5. With the angels you could keep either bolivian ram or blue ram. The later is more demanding with the condition of the water and need to be kept in warmer temps. If you are just starting out the bolivian ram would be the way to go. With the rams, the males are territorial towards males in their own species, so if you have more than one ram you need to have a male/female pairing. When they are young it is difficult to be able to tell the difference between the sexes. As for other cichlids that can be kept with angels, I am unsure from the profiles that I have looked at there does not seem to be many that you can mix with them.