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post #1 of 4 Old 12-15-2011, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Max number of angelfish in a 55g

Hello all,

I'm new to the site and also fairly new to the hobby. (Had my two 10g tanks for a bit over 1 1/2 years, starting my 55g now)
I set up a 55g planted tank which is currently circulating. Now I'm researching what fish I can stock it with. I always hoped to have some Scalare Angelfish, but here is the problem: The more I research, the more confused I am.

1. I read they should be kept in small groups of at least 4, but then I see posts and pictures of hobbyists that keep only a pair. Suggestions?

2. A staff member at the pet store said I could keep at least two angelfish in a 55g tank, even with a few other fish. Is that true? If so, how many other fish could I include?

3. I read that angelfish can be kept with smaller fish (like neon tetras) if they are introduced into the tank when still small. Is that a good idea?

Any help is appreciated. As much as I would love to have angelfish, I also want to make sure I can provide them a good home. So if general consensus is that a 55g is not large enough (or something else isn't suitable), I'll look for other options.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-15-2011, 01:03 AM
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Have a read of the profile here for the Angelfish. It can be found on the blue bar at the top of the screen. Its under Tropical fish profiles or u can click the shaded name in a post to view the profile. To answer some questions you can keep up to 5 in a 55 aquarium and be safe. If you have a breeding pair 2 is fine then. My best advice when and if you get some whatever number you decide with get them all at once. Once the Angelfish settle in a tank and establish territories its really hard to introduce new Angelfish.
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-15-2011, 02:35 AM
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iv had success adding smaller angels to my already established group but i added a larger 1 and it was attacked quite baddly


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post #4 of 4 Old 12-15-2011, 03:01 PM
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Our profile of this species covers your questions, and previous members' posts have mentioned them too. So I will just second all that.

There are few absolute rules when it comes to combining different fish species or numbers of a species, but there are guidelines that will normally be applicable most of the time. We know how this or that fish species tends to respond naturally, and taking this into account and providing for the fish's needs accordingly--or removing or not introducing the "temptation"--is always the wiser course to take. The effect of not following the guidelines may or may not end in failure, but it does often enough to make it worth following. Fish are living creatures with natural instincts and should not be forced into un-natural situations.


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