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Silver Angelfish

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Breed species myself,
Fish / pet store

Appearance

5/5

Health

4/5

Easy to Feed

5/5

Easy Environment Needs

4/5

Compatibility with other species

3/5

Compatibility with own species

3/5

Activity Level

5/5

Visibility

5/5

Breeding

3/5

Interaction with owner

5/5

The king of the aquarium

By

4590, South Africa

Posted Aug 17, 2014

There is no better fish for beginners (and experts alike) than the angelfish. I've owned and bred several different special, but the silver angelfish was my favourite as it most resembles the wild angelfish from the Amazon.

Just like their far more temperamental cousin, the discus, angelfish should also be kept in shoals of at least 6 as there is always a bully in the group. With 6 fish, the bully won't be able to harass any one fish to the point that that fish becomes stressed and dies. They are very active, and do like having a bit of a go at each other every now and then. That's why is also ideal to keep them in a larger aquarium with plenty of hiding places so that the weaker fish can have some respite from the bully.

They prefer a slightly softer, acidic water, but they are so hardy that you can keep them in almost any type of water.

They are also very easy to breed, which makes them an excellent choice for the beginner aquarist. As they are cichlids, the parents will lay eggs and look after them. Once the eggs hatch, they may eat their first few spawns, but after a while their parental instincts kick in and they'll being raising the fry on their own. It's a beautiful thing to observe how the parents herd the fry.

I highly recommend angelfish. Just remember that as they get bigger, they like to eat smaller fish. You can keep smaller fish with them if you've got a community tank, but in this case make sure that the angels are well-fed and that the smaller fish have plenty of cover to hide.

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