Originally Posted by BillyVille
I dont want to affend anyone Im just telling what I just heard from my local pet store. They said you can put angel fish in 10 gallon tanks even, that a 75 gallon tank could hold 5 or more wil lots of other fish. They said they are just normal angel fish, that the ones that get big are called african angel fish. Im not saying I trust them im just sharing what I was told.
I think your LFS more wants your money than anything else. Anyone who would put an angelfish into 10 gallons needs to be knocked upside the head. Also, angels don't come from Africa... none of them! Angelfish are from South America, and are based out of the Amazon River.
I can think of a few things I would like to say to those people at your LFS, but it wouldn't be polite enough to post it here. Africa? C'mon... maybe if they're imported or being raised by a breeder who's living there, but that is not nor has ever been even close to South America, which is where they are all from.
Now, there are different types of angels... but they all come from the same place of origin. Now that you know you can't trust the people at your LFS, I would strongly suggest doing plenty of research on anything you may decide to purchase there. Books, internet, and of course, here. This forum is a wealth of knowledge about anything fish. Here you will get accurate answers to your questions, and sooo much first hand experience that your LFS wouldn't have a clue. You'll want to prepare yourself to go in, ask for what you want, and leave, not relying on them to help you beyond that. I think we should also help teach you how to choose healthy fish, and what signs of illness to look for. Anyone talking about keeping angels in 10 gallons surely can't be taking very good care of their own fish...
Sorry, but I couldnt let that one go, I have never heard of anything so outrageous... (well, I have, but that's in the top 5!)