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Mating Slinkys 06-27-2007 04:12 PM

Angel sizes?
I was wondering about my angels - how big are they going to get? I know it's big, and i know they are gonna need a bigger tank soon, preferably over 18-20" high and plently long and deep. I'm not worried about this, it's in the pipeline, i just gotta save up.

However, i have been doing a little bit of research on them, mostly out of curiosity, because i think that big angels are really impressive and lovely. However, i can't seem to get a definitive size for them, some websites say up to 50cm/20" across, others say they'll only get to 15cm/6" and i've found a few sizes in between.

The biggest i've seen personally were about 10cm/4" across the body, and mine are currently about 2.5"/6cm and 3"/7.5cm top to bottom, not including fins.

I can't establish if the sizes given on these sites are for just body or for fins too, and if it's for wild or in aquarium conditions or what. So, my question is: given the best care i can give them, how big are my pair likely to get?

Thanks for the use of your expertise!

Lupin 06-27-2007 05:36 PM

The sizes they can reach depends on how you take care of them as a whole. Given plenty of water changes and foods, they may reach the size you are looking for. Angels are actually fast growers but you have to be patient with them as they grow.

The fin sizes will vary. Veiltail strains may have the longest fin size among the scalare strains from the tip of the dorsal to ventral fins which is why a tall tank is often strictly recommended.

You'll be surprised how large altums can actually grow compared to the scalares. You have to note there are three species available at present but a lot of confusion still cloud around the three given that they often closely resemble each other. An even deeper research might help in this case.;)

jones57742 06-27-2007 05:44 PM


I purchased a 30" tank in order to raise angels to their full adult size which is reported in the literature to be 6" to 8".

I have a black angel which is approaching 5", or is, which is the size of it's body.


Mating Slinkys 06-28-2007 05:09 PM


Lupin says:
An even deeper research might help in this case.
Point taken.

I have a bit of a confession in that i do find research quite tricky, as i'm not the best at reading through tomes of detail to find the truth, which could be one reaon for me dropping out of 2 degrees! I'll have a root but you may well find me coming back here and asking folks i trust cos i've got myself all confuddled.

One more thing, are there any signs to tell if your angels are doing well. Mine are bright and lively, but i'd love to be able to look at them with certainty and know they were doing good...

Thanks again folks!

Falina 06-28-2007 06:11 PM

I don't think there's anything specific to angels to look for. Just basically make sure they are active and eating well. Make sure there isn't anyone getting bullied, as can be the case with cichlids and that they are all healthy. If you tick all these boxes then you're off to a good start with them.

Mating Slinkys 06-28-2007 06:44 PM

Sweet, i though that was the case, and i try to make sure that that applies to all my fish. Just wondered if there was anything specific to angels to look out for, either positive or negative.

I'm quite impressed with my tank inhabitants, they all seem to get along well, with enough interaction to make it interesting but no big fights! long may it continue...

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