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post #1 of 3 Old 12-22-2009, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Question Questions about Angels

I have a lot of experience with almost every freshwater fish, except for angels. I was wondering...
1) Do angels get lonely and depressed if they are alone?
2) Are males and females different in appearance and temperament?
3) Are angels compatible with adult guppies?
4) Would angels eat guppy fry?
5) What is the smallest type of commonly sold angelfish, or are they all about 6"?
5) would one angel live comfortably in a 16 gallon bowfront tank? (18'' tall)
6) Will an angel tollerate some salt in the water that I use to prevent disease? (1/8 cup salt for 16 gallons)

I will only continue researching about this beautiful fish if it can live in my tank. I don't want to get one and force it to live an uncomfortable life.
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-22-2009, 11:46 AM
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angels are a schooling fish but they will do ok by them self but you wont be able see there personality like you would with 2 or more. they will do fine with the guppies unless they can fit in ther mouth than they will be eaten. guppie fry will be eaten almost a soon as it is born.unless you have been around angels for awhile it is going to be hard to tell the sexes apart tell they spawn. you can keep one in 16gbf I let them have 10 gallons per fish for the ones I grow to adults. as far as size they do come in all shapes and sizes but I like to see big thick healthy adults far as salt it ok to a degree I would add it much or often and when you do add salt do it over a period of time or you could cause trouble with it swim blatter. pm if you have anymore questions I am no pro but I have had angels for over 15yrs and been breeding them for the past 6yrs. so I do know alittle just by looking at them non stop.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-26-2009, 06:48 PM
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In their native habitat, angels are always found in groups, and in quiet warm water amongst plants and roots/sticks/overhanging vegetation. This is a clue to their preferred aquarium environment. Planted tanks with quiet tank mates will ensure better health in angelfish.

A word on salt; in my view one should not use salt in a freshwater aquarium except to cure specific disease when present. Salt can affect fish metabolism and cause stress that will easily lead to further health issues long-term. Using salt, which will cause health problems, in order to 'prevent" something (and I am highly doubtful this is the case anyway) is not very logical. Good aquarium maintenance, including a weekly partial water change of 40% or more, is the best preventative to health issues in any aquarium.


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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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