When starting an aquarium for the first time, start with a species. Let this species adapt to your environment and you are used to taking care of it before introducing another. One species you could start with is the angelfish.
Angelfish are a type of tropical cichlid fish. They are found in Africa as well as in South America. The fish are disc-shaped with pectoral fins that look like sails. These fish can grow up to six inches long and ten inches wide.
Since angelfish get quite large, you will need a large tank to accommodate them. And you won’t need to have too much in a tank.
There are several varieties of angelfish. Most people are used to seeing a brownish yellow color with black stripes on the sides. Some angelfish are brightly colored but without marks on the sides. It just depends on the variety you find and what you want for your tank.
By their appearance, they seem delicate but they can bear more than most think. Angelfish are freshwater fish but they are used to a certain environment in the Amazon. They like freshwater with a pH below neutral (acidic).
Ideally, they like to live with living plants. They provide more oxygen and help clean the environment. You will have to be careful with the ammonia levels in the water as these fish love it to the minimum. This means having a good filtration system to keep the levels low.
Feeding your fish is the next step. Angelfish eat pellets and flakes but also like a little variation in their diet. Occasionally add a blood worm or two and brine shrimp to mix things up.
Angels are also aggressive. Don’t let their lovely delicacy fool you. Pairing them with betta fish, grouse or guppies is not recommended unless you want a bloodbath. Since most beginners start with a breed, it is best to keep the only angelfish.
Angelfish lay many eggs. They give birth to live (young) fry and are excellent parents. They can live with young people without fear of eating them during their childhood. But, you will need a larger tank if you do not plan to sell these new angelfish to breeders. They like clean areas for laying eggs, so you may need to have a separate tank just for breeding.
Watch your angelfish carefully. They are susceptible to illness if you don’t take care of the water. It’s called Hole in the head. Nobody wants that.
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These are beautiful fish that grow and reproduce quickly. Give them plenty of room to move and good food in a stable aquatic environment and they will stay happy forever.