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Old 03-28-2009, 06:50 PM   #1
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A friend of mine is looking into getting her first tank. She is in love with angelfish of course. I have read up on them, but have no personal experience. What do I need to know? I know they can be aggressive so how big of a tank is good for lets say two full grown angels? Any info is much appreciated! Thanks.
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I'd go with a 29g tank for two fully grown angels. A 20H could also work for breeding purposes. Don't keep them with smaller tetras unless you have tetras as their tankmates when the angelfish are young because they will view them as food if they see them for the first time when they are larger. I keep mine with discus and neons with no problems whatsoever. Also avoid keeping them with fin nipping fish such as tiger barbs. Other than that there's nothing really hard to keeping them.
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:12 PM   #3
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And if She went with just one could she get along alright with say a 20g high? or smaller? She wants as small a tank as possible but will do whatever is right for the fish.
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:31 PM   #4
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There isn't that big of difference in the footprint size of a 20 and a 29 gallon here is a good chart that shows the sizes of tanks. Measure the spot where the tank is suppose to go and see which one will fit the best.
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A 20H is the smallest recommended tank for an angelfish since they get rather tall and need tall tanks. I really recommend a 29g, which opens up the door for other types of fish in addition to the angels.
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sweet, I think I'll tell her to go with the 20 gallon high then, I get a pretty sweet discount even if I can't find it on craigslist
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29g tanks should be easier to find than a 20H and I really recommend that over a 20H. You should be able to fins a 29g tank for a little more than $30. A metal stand that allows you to have a tank on the bottom would go for $75-100 is my guess.
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20H is the minimum. This will work for either a breeding pair or a single. If you get two or more of the same sex I would suggest a larger tank than a 20H.
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A pair of Angels look fantastic in a 55 tall. And you could throw in some other compatible fish as well.
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Old 03-29-2009, 03:09 AM   #10
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Well I believe she is fine for going with one angel. I can get the 20H extremely cheap because I work at a petstore. I will have to talk to her more about her preference and I will encourage to go bigger of course, but I believe the idea is to keep it on her kitchen counter and the 20H will take up less space, but like I said I gotta talk to her more about it.
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