01-27-2011, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Bridget01
Thank you for the information. The profile on this website, the way I understood it at least, said to get 4 or 5 angels at a time. But, with my tank being only 30 gal. I may go with 2. I wanted to at least start with plastic plants because it's one less thing to worry about, since I don't know what I'm doing yet. Thanks again.
I don't like being the bearer of bad news, but I really would not recommend angels in anything under a 4-foot tank (55g). I think this is explained in the profile, but in summary, angels are shoaling fish that live together in groups and they have a social structure within the group. Two or three are often trouble, because one male becomes dominant (it is their nature) and if either or both of the others happen to be male they can be picked on to the point of very poor health or even death. A group of 5 is best, and given their size of 6 inches length with 8+ inch height, this needs a roomier tank. A breeding pair, if they have naturally "paired" can manage in a 30g on their own, and one does this to spawn them. But I would not do this as a permanent housing of angels. The risk of problems is too great.
Fish that are kept contrary to their natural needs and instincts [such as not in a group] are under stress. This is invisible. But it weakens the immune system, causing possible health issues that would otherwise not occur, and almost always early (premature) death. It can also cause increased aggression, more than normal, to each other and often other fish in the tank.
And, welcome to Troipcal Fish Keeping forum.