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Old 08-29-2013, 02:40 PM   #1
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Goldflake Angel

Will a small goldflake angel outgrow a 96 gallon fowlr tank? I really want to keep one but I'm not sure if it will be okay to keep one in a 96 gallon tank? Please reply.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:32 PM   #2
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They get to be 10", So i would not do it. Most of the angels outside dwarfs and pygmys need 120g or more.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:21 PM   #3
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The manager at my lfs said that they canbe kept in a minimum size tank of 90 gallons and online many say 100, so I figured with a 96 gallon tank and around 35 gallon sump it would work.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:23 PM   #4
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Also, I figured I would buy a small 2 inch one and have it grow in the tank. I have heard that with many fish, they won't reach maximum size when in a tank unless you buy them like that.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:36 PM   #5
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Fish stores sell fish and make money by doing so. Would it live in that size? Yes. For as long? Probably not. Would it thrive? No...you just mentioned that it might not grow to full size, which is not thriving.

I tend to agree with the recommendations that liveaquaria makes. They tend to go larger than most, but I believe that when someone says "minimum tank size", that is for when the fish is small. When it gets larger, the minimum no longer applies.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:48 PM   #6
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Also, not all fish reach maximum size and most websites say 100 gallons as minimum. All minimums I see are for full grown fish. Like you could keep a baby hippo tang in a 50 gallon but a full grown one will need a 180 gallon. I really want to keep a goldflake but i cant go over 100 with the space I have. However, won't the sump help with increased water volume. With my sump and tank, it would be around 130 gallons of water.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:01 PM   #7
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Your fish is not swimming in your sump so that water does not count towards the minimum tank size. Recommended sizes are usually based on what the fish will eventually grow up to be and their swimming behaviors. I would not go minimal size for anything. That's just me though.
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Ok thanks for the advice. Maybe after a year or so I'll think about adding one. If I ever think it has outgrown the tank I can always take it back to the lfs.
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What is the draw with this fish? The price?
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It's about 300-400 dollars.
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