Angelfish are one of the most common freshwater aquarium fish, and Cichlid species kept in aquariums. They are native to a large area of tropical South America. The koi angelfish has been bred to have coloration resembling that of the Japanese Koi. The koi variety is similar to the gold marble variety but without the stripes. Admired for their graceful swimming behavior, angelfish make stunning additions to large community aquariums. Available in a range of colours, patterns & fin types.
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Angelfish grow to be large and will require an aquarium of at least 75L or larger when full grown. Tall aquariums are preferred as they swim up and down the water column in search of food. If keeping a school of angelfish it is advised to go a larger aquarium to reduce bullying and territorial behavior's.
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Angelfish make great community aquarium fish. Avoid fin nippers or fast-swimming fish that will outcompete your angelfish during mealtimes.
Great tank mates for your angelfish include:
Angelfish are omnivores and are easy to feed. They readily accept floating or sinking flakes or pellets as the primary diet. For healthy angelfish, ensure to feed a varied diet that includes live, frozen and freeze dried blackworms, bloodworms, brine shrimp and daphnia.
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Water quality is vital, Angelfish like gentle slow-moving water. Select an aquarium filter with gentle filtration. Some quality aquarium filter brands to consider inlcude Eheim, Fluval, Oase, Ocean Free, Aqua One.
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Angelfish require tropical temperatures and prefer temperatures between 24 - 29° C. Aquarium heaters not only warm the water but assist in stabilizing the water temperature. A fish tank thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.
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Angelfish are naturally found in heavily vegetated areas. Their body shape allows the fish to swim between the plants to hide and ambush prey. When breeding eggs may be laid on leaf surfaces. Some aquarium plants to consider include:
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Driftwood is the ideal aquarium ornament as angelfish love soft and slightly acidic water. The tannins released from the wood assist in softening water. Angelfish enjoy structure to hide and shelter in and helps reduce territorial tendencies. Consider use of resin ornaments, rock and silk plants.
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Angelfish don't mind higher lighting as long as there is shade within the aquarium. They are more active during the day. If keeping live aquatic plants, consider lighting requirements for ideal plant growth. Replicate daylight hours of 8-10 hours per day.
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Aquarium sand and smooth surfaced fine to medium grade gravel are great aquarium substrates for angelfish. If keeping live aquarium plants, a combination of aquasoil and sand or gravel on top can provide an attractive and practical solution for optimal plant growth.
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