Minimum Tank Volume: 120 litres
Temperature: 68-80°F (20-26°C)
Ideal pH: 6-7.3
Compatibility: Slightly Territorial
Diet: Prefers small live foods, also slow sinking pellets
Lifespan: Up To 10 Years
Angelfish are a south American Cichlid. They inhabit the heavily planted tributaries of the Amazon river in South America. They are famed for their distinctive body shape and fins, both of which are adaptations to living amongst tall underwater plants.
Because of this, Angelfish thrive in planted aquariums that mimic their natural habitat. Tall artificial plants may also be used. Good tank mates for angelfish are fast moving, medium sized fish such as Rams, Dwarf Gouramis and Corydoras Catfish
Angel fish are an ambush predator of small live foods and it is best to replicate this by offering items such as Daphnia, Bloodworm and Brineshrimp. Angels feed in the mid waters of the aquarium. Slow sinking pellets of an appropriate size will be greedily consumed by most Angelfish.
Care must be taken when choosing tankmates for Angelfish. Avoid small tetras as they may be mistaken for food and eaten. Angels exhibit territorial behaviour when breeding and this means they may chase other fish away from their chosen breeding site. Long finned, slow moving fish such as Guppies and Siamese Fighters are best avoided for this reason. Angelfish may also be targeted by species with a reputation for nipping fins. Tiger barbs and other similar fish are best left out when choosing suitable tank mates.