Compatible Tank Mates for Freshwater Angels - Rate My Fish Tank

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The best Angelfish Tank Mates are probably other Angelfish. Much like Discus, I believe these fish do best when kept in colonies of 5 or more. However, unlike Discus, they can successfully be kept solo, in non breeding pairs, or in groups of less than 5. Keep in mind that Angelfish are cichlids so some level of aggression is to be expected. I find that in groups of 4 or more, the chance of serious aggression is much reduced.
You also need to consider what Angelfish tank mates you intend to maintain in the container.
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In the aquarium the Emperor Angelfish are semi-aggressive, though they can be a good community fish with the proper tank mates, especially when young. As they grow, they start becoming contentious towards other angelfish and similarly shaped fish added later on. They should be kept singly as they do not tolerate their same species unless you have a mated male/female pair. Tank mates like cardinalfish, clownfish, and small peaceful fish will more than likely be harassed by an adult Imperial Angelfish. Adding the Imperator Angelfish last is the best choice due to their territorial behavior. There are 2 points to keep an eye out for when choose Angelfish tank mates.
Photo provided by FlickrI personally recommend khuli loaches, dwarf loaches,, and also zebra loaches as Angelfish tank mates.
Photo provided by FlickrVarious other large species could not be an excellent suitable for an angelfish tank mates either since they, too might come to be hostile.
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In this section we will cover Angelfish tank mates, the answer to the question of "what can go with Angelfish" is often quite surprising and the variety of fish available, not only in my store but in any good fish store, means that the hobbyist can revive that ‘kid in a candy store’ feeling that we all have when stocking a new tank or adding to an already established aquarium. May become territorial and aggressive towards other dwarf angelfish and may even bully other, smaller tank mates. You may have better luck introducing them last into the tank.The Dwarf Flame Angel fish is perhaps one of the most colorful and attractive of the commonly available marine angelfishes. The Dwarf Flame Angel fish has a striking red or orange body with vertical black bars in the mid section. The good news is that the Flame Angel fish only gets to be about 4 inches (10 cm) or so and can be the prize specimen in any tank. The bad news is that they can be fairly expensive, they don't ship very well, and may bully other dwarf angelfishes or smaller tank mates.I introduced my bicolor angel fish last to my aquarium because I have heard that they can get a little aggressive with new tank mates. Mine was picked on by most of the other fish in the tank for several days. The aggression soon subsided though and all the fish seem to be getting along nicely now. I give mine frozen foods fortified with spirulina and my bicolor loves it. It does seem to hide about half the time in my live rock.Altum angelfish (P. altum) are rarer freshwater angelfish. Since they still come from the wild in most cases, they are more delicate and more particular about their water conditions than P. scalare. You should keep altum angelfish only with other fish that need soft, acidic water. Like their more common cousins, altum angels will eat small schooling fish under 2 inches in length. Discus fish, similar cichlids from the same general area, make great tank mates since they have similar care requirements. The even more rare Roman nosed angelfish (P. leopoldi) has similar care requirements but stays small enough to share a tank with any fish larger than an inch long.Angelfish tank mates are certainly a possibility, without a doubt. Although Angelfish belong to the cichlid family with most cichlids being known for their aggression, Angelfish are actually not aggressive fish. Angelfish are very peaceful fish, so it is best to pick other fish that have the same temperament. The only time an Angelfish would ever become aggressive would be during breeding (like most fishes). So be cautious if you are breeding your Angelfish.