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Angelfish pair?

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by To3kn33, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. To3kn33

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    I am finishing off the stocking of my 63g, the stocking is currently
    1 Bolivian ram
    10 cardinals
    10 rummy nose
    1 tiger pleco

    My question is how many angels should I go for, one or two? So many conflicting things here.
    The tank is heavily planted with swords and vals, it is at 80degrees and has two eheim 2213 filters on it. 0ammonia 0nitrite <5 nitrate.

    Let me know!
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    I would go with one for a centerpiece, that way MAYBE it won't pluck off your smaller fish. If you go with two or more and a pair form the other residents of the tank are toast no doubt about it.
     
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    I've got a pair of angels in my 50b with tetras, corys, and a couple plecos, there is even a female apistogramma in there. What i've seen with them is that they are mostly mean to each other, bickering almost continually but also inseparable. They're just learning how to breed at this point and are working on their third clutch of eggs as I type this. They can be rude to their tank mates, especially around breeding time, but for the most part as long as the other fish is smart enough to swim away, nothing happens, I've never seen them hunt another adult fish (I've even got some habrosus or pygmy corys) but they've killed hundreds of guppy fry as well as decimating what was once a flourishing population of malawi shrimp. My best advice since I've seen so many conflicting views and am currently typing one, is that, you should get whatever number of angels make you happy, i really wanted two, and then depending on their personality decide whether or not they will be compatible with your community, if they're not... then bust out a 29g and have an angel tank :D. Also, they are absolutely brutal to stressed fish and must be QTd when introducing new/scared fish to the tank. During acclimation they'll be all over the bag pecking and threatening, but I'll pop them in a breeder box (1 each or they'll start fighting each other) and then introduce the new livestock, releasing the angels only after the new guy has settled in and they've gotten bored.
     
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    I think they get more territorial with age. The conventional wisdom on stocking is a single centerpiece, a mated pair, or six of them.
     
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    +1 this is the best method.
     
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    I did want just one to be honest :eek:) so one it is!


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