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yippee 01-22-2008 01:29 AM

research before i jump off and buy angels
like the title suggests, i'm planning on buying some angels and would like to complete my research before i go too far.

the facts:
-i have a 55gallon tank (not sure on deminsions)
-tank is set up and ready to go, had fish in it at one time, i just moved them to another tank.

-i would like to get two angels, will they live happily in a 55gallon?
-what other fish can they be mixed with?
-will two of the same sex live happily together?

i believe that is all, if i think of more i will add on. thanks in advance!

Lupin 01-22-2008 01:39 AM

Unless the two angels are a bonafide pair, start with a small group of 6 young angels and grow them up. They will eventually pair off and you can sell or rehome the rest. There is no way of knowing their sexes unless they spawn so you'll have to wait. As for tankmates, tetras, pencilfish, hatchets, apistos, rams, cories and plecos are fine but be careful as they have the tendency to consume fish that will fit in their mouths such as the neon tetras and occasionally, otos.

jeaninel 01-22-2008 01:40 AM

Two angels should be fine in a 55 gallon. A school of harlequin rasboras and some cories for the bottom would be a great tank.

Falina 01-22-2008 01:46 AM

I would think that 2 would be fine but definitely either do what Lupin has suggested, or sometimes from a breeder, or from some lfs you do actually see mated pairs if you didn't like the idea of having to rehome some later.

Cories would be excellent for the bottom along with perhaps a BN plec and for other top dwellers I would stick to larger tetras like back widows, or try some zebra danios.

Lupin 01-22-2008 01:48 AM

Two can work but there are some cases wherein one will continuously bully the other leading to the latter's starvation or stress to death.

yippee 04-13-2008 02:10 PM

bringing this thread back from the dead :shock:

i still havent purchased my angels, its always one thing after another.

the tank is currently partially taken down and needs to be properly set back up before i make any purchases. i was wanting to check a few things before i set it back up. i have decided i would like to do a sand substrate rather than gravel. will angels do well with a sand substrate? and will i be able to vaccuum the sand? or will it just go straight through?

in addition to the sand i was thinking about doing a large peice of driftwood in the center, something along the lines of:

or something along the lines of this:

or maybe a mixture of the two. depends. but either way, will angels do fine in either environment?

cajunmomof4 04-13-2008 02:23 PM

here is a link to some very good info on sand

herefishy 04-13-2008 02:44 PM

I personally, do not like using sand, although a few of my tanks are currently using it. The reason for use is for the fishes' benefit. Sand compacts too easily. This can create dead spots of bacteria in the tank. While, in some cases, it is necessary, its drawbacks, imo, far outwiegh the possible problems that one could face in its use.

While it is cheaper, I will continue to choose gravel over sand whenever the choice does not affect the well being of my fish. Finer gravels, many times, are good alternative.

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