Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Jun 17, 2015
My angel fish was definitely the star of my aquarium. When I purchased it, it was about the size of a quarter, and over the years I had it, it grew to be about the size of my palm. It was a beautiful marbled angel, with flowing fins, who swam regally throughout its domain. It was nearly always visible and was not known to hide in the plant life or rock formations in the aquarium, preferring to swim out in the open for all to see.
The angel was the only one of its breed in the aquarium , but the tank had several other species, including bala sharks, neon tetras, and silver dollars. It was not aggressive with the other fish at all, and never nipped at fins. The other fish, most notably the tetras, did nip quite frequently at the angel's fins, however. The angel never retaliated when this occurred, and merely swam away.
The angel was very hardy and lived for several years. It survived numerous tank cleanings, several new species additions, and two moves. It was easy to care for and required no special treatment when compared to the other fish I had in the tank. It ate the same food as the other fish in the aquarium and received the same care as the rest of its tank-mates.
Angel fish can be a beautiful addition to a fresh water aquarium. It gets along with a variety of species, but due to its long, flowing fins, one should be careful to house it with non-nipping tank-mates.