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How many 10-inch tall fishes can you put in a 10-gallon tank? (This is a trick question.) Most angelfishes would grow to 10-inches tall if you kept them in a large tank. Angels grow very nicely in a 29. However, at least half the angels sold in Des Moines wind up in 10-gallon tanks. Small tanks limit the size of angelfish.
Size. Oddly enough, you can grow ten angelfish to a nice size in a 10-gallon tank, IF you change enough of their water. They are stunted not so much by the small size of their tank, as by the waste products given off by themselves and their tank mates. Two will grow 5-6 inches tall in a 10-gallon community tank under normal conditions. In large tanks, we have seen angels as big as saucers -- not counting their fins. Every one of them looked awful. Refer back to pic #2 above.
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In a small tank you have no place for angelfish
to escape from the
harassment of any of their more argumentative tank mates.
What starts as an argument could end in death.
Small angels get along with other fishes and other angels.
Larger angels start looking for trouble at breeding time. They
remind you a lot of high school kids.
Most people start with the size
that best fits the size of their
wallet (small, in most cases). A
group of four or six will usually reward you with a pair one year down the road.
However, most angels are not bought as future breeders.
People like angels for their stately attitude and very different shape.
No community tank is complete without a pair or more of angelfishes.
The smaller they are, the less they cost.
Breeder size angels get a little pricey -- but not exorbitantly so.
Since they have such huge spawns,
stay nominally priced.
eat whatever food you give them and plenty of it.
If you wave your hand above a tank of young angels, they rush to the top
to be first in the food line. But
that doesn’t mean you should feed them junk.
Feed them a variety of quality foods and they will grow into admirable
specimens. Color foods emphasize
their black bars.
Angels learn to snap treat foods right from your fingers.
The list of treats they like is nearly endless:
brine shrimp, blackworms, plankton, any freeze-dried bug, frozen foods --
like them all. Feed them like
any other cichlid, and you can’t go wrong.
They’re Predators. Moons, mollies, guppies, and swordtails all have live babies at regular intervals. Your angelfish enjoy hunting these down and devouring them with a “pop” that you can sometimes hear. Feeder guppies and feeder white clouds were invented for these guys. They really enjoy hunting down their prey -- as would most other cichlids. Most people don’t think of them along these lines, but angels are dedicated hunters in spite of their misleadingly fragile-looking “winged” angel appearance.
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