Originally Posted by BarbH
There are a couple of ways that I would suggest going about getting a pair of angels for your tank. The first would be the method that you mentioned, which would be getting a group of 5 angels and letting the pair form naturally. The benifits in my opinion is that first you get the joy of being able to raise these guys, personally one of my favorite parts of keeping angels. Also this allows the angels to choose their own pair. Once you have your pair form the remaining angels you could take to your lfs in which you should be able to at least get store credit or maybe even cash for depending on the store.
If you want to start off with just two that are a pair than I would suggest looking for a psir of angels that have been proven as a pair. Sometimes you can find a pair available for sale at lfs. Otherwise I would check around for a local breeder that might be selling a pair. Going this way you are definitly going to spend more on the fish.
A few things to keep in mind is that when a pair is spawning they are going to protect their territory. Depending on the angel the aggression can range from simply rushing and chasing tank mates away from their area while spawning to killing any other fish in the tank. Also sometimes angels may pick on their mate and for the well being of the other fish need to be seperated. As stated earlier the temperment of angels can vary greatly from being very mild to very aggressive bullys.
Yes, the breeding pair is a lot more expensive, but much quicker. I also heard that they sometimes will stop being a pair in transit? When I had breeding angels before, this wasnt the case, though. They bred even after we moved.
Anyways, the group sounds more interesting to me. :) buying the pair seems like a boring shortcut for some reason! :)
Are angels typically peaceful with their "partner"?
I'm not too worried about them being too mean to the tank area. I plan to have rainbowfish which are fairly large, and in my experience the breeding pairs were never that bad. But, I suppose, it always depends. I guess ill have to find out and hope I have peaceful fish!