discus vs angels!
hello there i have a problem with picking my fish. the choice is a pair of discus or a pair of angels. i have neither had both
my tank is 55 gallon well planted with guppies, harla rasboras, silvertips,odessa barbs kribs,bolivian rams
could you give me suggestion on wich to get and which would be more compatible???? thanks!!!;-)
Understand that south american cichlids are not my field of knowledge for the most part. That being said, assuming all parametrs are compatible, I think discus would be much cooler to keep. But how experienced an aquarist are you. If you are in the beginner level than angelfish will be a better alternative and won't require as much maintenance. If you have kept fish for some time than discus I believe would be a great challenge.
Biggest probl;em is the small fish are food for the big fish. Both discus and angles love live food. Guppies and rasboras to them are just that food. If you do not mind loosing fish then go ahead and add either to tank. If tank is well planted they might survive if angle or discus are very young and grow up with others. But that is a big IF.
Well, Angels prefer to be in groups of 5 or more or a breeding pair. If you purchase a proven breeding pair, then you need to worry about the other fish in your tank as they will be very territorial.
Both angelfish and discus are shoaling fish. This means they live in groups, and have a need to be in a group. If you were able to find a true "pair," meaning a male/female that have paired up, that is different. But otherwise, a group of 5 or more of either should be acquired, and at the same time. Both species are cichlids, and once settled in the aquarium a hierarchy will form within the group; putting 2 or 3 in now and then adding another 1 or 2 later usually means trouble, as one of the original will "own" the tank. This aspect applies to many shoaling fish.
A 55g is suitable for a group of 5 of either, if you are careful and consistent with maintenance and there are live plants. The other fish are a problem, as has been mentioned in this thread. Aside from the size, there is also temperature. Discus need warmth, and not all tropical fish can manage with the higher temperatures. Angelfish are largely commercially raised and manage at normal tropical temperatures, although wild caught fish would also need the warmth. The companion fish must also be quiet and sedate, as both angels and discus are so inclined and can be stressed out by too much activity around them.
You can read more about these fish in our profiles; please do. There is a lot involved with either, it is quite different from a tank of guppies and tetra, believe me. Pterophyllum scalare takes you to the angelfish, Discus takes you to the basic discus. Both fish have more than one species.
Angels, Discus prefer to be in a tank by themselves with just other discus.
Plus with the price, you don't wanna risk upsetting them lol!:-P
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