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I will be getting some angelfish for my tank in a month or so. What are the differences between standard angelfish and veil-tail angelfish? ...
I will be getting some angelfish for my tank in a month or so. What are the differences between standard angelfish and veil-tail angelfish? I know that veil-tail have longer tails and fins. But I wonder if there are any other differences in the angelfish's physical traits or behaviors? What are your experiences? I'm looking for things like does one swim faster or more active? Does one need a bigger tank? I'm interested in any small differences as I choose which type to get.
Behavior-wise, there should be zero differences. The veils may be a little more prone to having their fins nipped by other fish (careful with tankmates), and might swim just slightly more slowly due to finnage. Both need a good-sized tank in both the length and depth, especially the veils. The veils can get really tall. The problem I had was the fact Angels need to be kept in a school of 5 or more ideally. The odds with 5+ are high that you'll end up with one or more pair(s) in the tank. That can lead to aggression during breeding and other times. I ended up with two pairs and a 55 gallon was not big enough - one male was very aggressive and eventually I had to relocated the most aggressive male to another tank before he killed a couple of females. One is still re-growing her pectoral fins. Harmony has returned, and the lone male left in the 55 is less aggressive with females during courtship. Fish personalities vary -good luck and be prepared for some potential cichlid stife, it's not uncommon once they start breeding.
I'm no angelfish expert, just based on my experiences! I have two veils and two "mutts" for lack of a better term! All the varieties look good and have their charms.
Thanks for the clarification. My tank is only 19" tall. I didn't want to get veil-tail angelfish if this wasn't going to be enough room for them. I also didn't know if the longer tails made them slower swimmers or anything.
A standard 55 gallon works (at 18 or so inches tall), but obviously bigger is always better! Once you get to 16-20 inches of tank depth, The length and and width (swimming room) become much more important, relatively, than depth.