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JRitter23 12-28-2012 02:15 PM

Tank Mates???
Hello, I was wondering what kind of tank mates would work with angel fish? ATM I have 5 angels in my 75 gallon with a shoal on hatchets (5), 4 albino corys and a royal farrowella,
I would like to have another shoal in my tank. And at what age do I need to start worrying about the angels pairing off? thanks

Byron 12-29-2012 04:53 PM

My first suggestion is to increase two of the fish you now have, namely the hatchetfish and the corys. Both will be much better [= healthier] with several more. I don't know which species of hatchetfish you have, but with all of them you can never have too many--but don't overcrowd the tank.;-) If you have one of the species in Carnegiella, definitely no less than 9 and much better with 12+. If it is the larger common silver hatchetfish, I would say 7 is minimum, but in your tank I would have 9.

Corys, must have more. You've space for a group of 15-20, which can be various species so long as there are several of each species. I try to have five of a species, though often 3 is the minimum when there are more than the one species.

Then, beyond that, to other tankmates. With angelfish you want quiet, non-active fish, and only those than are not likely to fin nip. Some of the best come from what we call the Rosy clade in Hyphessobrycon. There are several species in our profiles (use the scientific name index and look at those in Hyphessobrycon). These work because they are disk-shaped, like the angels, and thus not likely to be eaten as linear tetra will. Just avoid the few nippers, some are deadly. There are two that stand out because of their reddish colouration which is a nice contrast to the silver/black of angelfish; Hyphessobrycon rosaceus and Hyphessobrycon bentosi [click shaded names for the profile]. Hemigrammus pulcher also works, if you can find them, they are not all that common; and Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis is another nice contrast with its yellow hue.


JRitter23 12-29-2012 11:44 PM

Thanks for the advice. The hatchet are 1 marble and 4 silver. I had 2 marble but i left the a piece of plastic stripping off at the back of the tank, and the marble jumped out of the tank at night. I will let you know how it turns out Bryon. And about the angels pairing off? When do i need to worry about that? thanks again.

JRitter23 12-29-2012 11:45 PM

Also you tanks are amazing. Nice work.

djembekah 12-30-2012 12:21 AM

yeah i'm with byron. i think there are some tetras you can add with angels too, as long as they aren't bullet shaped, and as long as it doesnt overcrowd your tank.

Byron 12-30-2012 10:04 AM

Thanks for the kind words, JRitter.

Yes, hatchetfish will jump out through the smallest of openings. I have lost several over the years due to my carelessness in leaving one side of the cover glass open just a couple inches after feeding. Definitely another 9 or more marbles, that poor fellow will be highly stressed. This is a very social species. As is the Silver.

Missed the ange;lfish question p[reviously, sorry. I don't know about the age, but they will spawn fairly soon, I think mine were around 1 to 1.5 inches in body length.


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