Need help with Angel Fish stocking and Tankmates
Hi Folks :-)
A few weeks back I added 3 small Juvenile Scalare Angelfish (1 blacklaced and 2 marbled) to my 40gallon (UK imperial) community aquarium, consisting of corydoras catfish, diamond neon tetras, platy's and swordtails and one very evil and agressive dwarf gourami which I had to move as the 15 gallon he was in shattered. I also have a 20gallon tank of guppies and molly's but couldnt move him there because of the salt.
Anyway so I have now acquired a new 55 gallon (imperial) 78cm tall tank to move the angel fish over, as i appreciate they get very big and although they are still very small the Gourami is harrassing them to death. But before I move them over i obviously have to let it cycle.
What I would like to ask is:
1) Is a UK 55 gallon big enough for these 3 Angel fish as a permanent home for their adult lifes?
2) If this stocking is fine, is it ok to have just 3 (I hear bad things come in three's), so could I add another angelfish or would it be unrealistic given how big they can get?
3) What other tankmates could I have if possible in terms of shoaling fish or other cichlids? I already have all the livebearers, tetras and cory catfish in the other 2 tanks so would like something a little different?
4) Aquascaping and theme ideas for the newtank?
Many Thanks in advance.
Spawning is the issue that may cause the most grief, and as with all cichlids in a suitable environment they will spawn, and often. If it is your intention to have a spawning pair, when a male and female have obviously paired it would be best to move them to another tank such as your 40g to spawn. Or keep them and get rid of the other angels, to another hobbyist or something. But that's if you want to raise angelfish.
Tankmates for angels must be carefully selected; any fish that may tend to fin nip is a no. Angels being quiet and sedate, no boisterous or too active fish, as this can unsettle them, causing stress and that means poor health. If you have a read of our profile of the Scalare Angelfish [click on the shaded name, and profiles are under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top] it mentions suitable fish.
If you want a more "colourful" tank, you can have plants. Echinodorus bleherae (sword plant) is ideal, being tall, and angels will use the leaves as spawning sites. Pygmy chain sword can work on the substrate, use sand again or fine gravel, a dark colour. Floating pants again, same reason.
This should get you started thinking.:-)
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Byron , it is much appreciated :-)
The new tanks is currently cycling. Upon your advice I set up an amazon theme Biotope with Manznita wood branches and some tall and short swords and vallisnera gigantea, all very low tech with some unipac fine small stone sand and it looks nice and natural. The only Problem I found was finding a background tall enough, but all is sorted.
Upon your advice I will purchase two more juvenile angel fish, I like the look of the Koi and blushing ones and have decided on a small school of diamond tetras, to keep a uniformed look, since my 40g is so technicolour!
I am wondering though as to what fish for the bottom level. I ahve experience with Cory's but found the panda and bandits I have, have been fragile when moved or stressed. any ideas.
Many thanks again for all your help.
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