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The Basics of Angelfish Care

Freshwater aquarium hobbyists should learn the basics of angelfish care. This fish is a great option for show or breeding. Many of the fish that can be kept in a freshwater aquarium are a bit boring. There are, however, exceptions to that rule. One such exception is the angelfish.  

Angelfish have an easily recognized and distinct triangle shape. This unique shape is one of the things that make these fish so popular among freshwater hobbyists whose fish choices are somewhat limited compared to those who keep a saltwater tank. Another favorable feature is that angelfish come in a variety of colors, making the fish even more interesting.


Obviously, angelfish do not eat flakes in their natural environment. The food an angelfish would eat may include small fry fish and mosquito larvae. Some experts will say that you must provide live food in order to help your angelfish maintain a well-balanced diet.

Other experts would disagree and say that a diet of appropriate and high quality flakes is sufficient.

If you want to give your fish some variety, you may consider feeding mostly flakes with an occasional treat of live food. If, however, you cannot or choose not to provide live food, then flakes are fine.


While some freshwater fish do fine in a small tank, proper angelfish care includes providing a tank that is at LEAST 25 gallons for two fish. Of course, the size of the tank must increase if you plan to keep a large group of fish which, by the way, is preferable to only keeping two or three.

Angelfish grow to be quite large (up to 15 centimeters).  Also, they enjoy swimming back and forth and up and down. This means that the tank needs to be deep as well as wide in order to provide the best possible environment.

Plants are an important part of a freshwater tank. The plants not only make the tank look nice, but they do some pretty important jobs as well. For example, they add oxygen to the water and help to keep the tank clean. Plants also provide a safe place for your angelfish to hide.

Other Fish

Some hobbyists are interested in keeping other types of fish in the same tank as their angelfish. It is possible to do this, but you must be careful when selecting the type of fish that you choose to share a tank with your angelfish.

Be sure to talk to the experts at your aquarium supply store before adding other fish to the tank. If you add the wrong type, such as guppies, there will be fighting in the tank and someone is going to get hurt.


There are diseases that affect the angelfish. In general, these are the same diseases that affect other types of freshwater fish.

The most common disease is Ich. This is a disease that is caused by the presence of parasites in the tank. If you notice white spots along the bodies of your Angelfish, treatment for Ich may be required.

Often, successful treatment includes water additives that can clear up the parasites and the disease.

Angelfish care can be difficult, but once you learn the basics, and get into a routine of caring for the fish and the tank, you will find that keeping angelfish is a fun and rewarding hobby.



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