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Angelfish Care: A Quick Guide

When first starting an aquarium, begin with one species. Let that species get adjusted to your environment and you accustomed to caring for them before introducing another. One species you could start with is angel fish.

Angelfish are a type of cichlid tropical fish. They are found in Africa as well as South America. The fish are disk-shaped with pectoral fins that resemble sails. These fish can grow up to six inches long and ten inches wide.

Since angelfish grow pretty big, you will need a large tank to accommodate them. And, you won’t need to have too many in one tank.

There are several angelfish varieties. Most people are used to seeing the brownish yellow coloring with black stripes across the sides. Some angelfish are brightly colored but with no markings on their sides. It just depends on the variety you find and what you want for your tank.

By the looks of them, they seem delicate but they can stand more than most think. Angelfish are freshwater fish but they are used to a certain environment in the Amazon. They like soft water with a lower than neutral pH (acidic).

Ideally, they like to live with live plants. They provide more oxygen and help clean the environment. You’ll have to be careful with the ammonia levels in the water since these fish like to at a minimum. This means having a good filtration system to keep the levels low.

Feeding your fish is the next step. Angelfish will eat pellets and flakes but like a little variation in their diet as well. Throw in a bloodworm or two from time to time and some brine shrimp to mix things up.

Angelfish are also aggressive. Don’t let their beautiful delicateness fool you. Pairing them with betta fish, tetras or guppies is not recommended unless you want a bloodbath. Since most beginners start with one breed, keeping just angelfish may be best.

Angelfish lay lots of eggs. They give birth to live fry (young) and are great parents. They can live with the young without fear that they will eat them in their infancy. But, you will need a larger tank if you don’t plan on selling those new angelfish to breeders. They do like clean areas to lay 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. No one wants that.

Are you considering angelfish for your freshwater aquarium? They are beautiful fish that grow large and breed fast. Give them plenty of room to move and good food in a stable aqua environment and they will stay happy forever.

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Keeping a Healthy Tank: Things to Look Out for

Your fish will be with you for a long time. In order for them to survive and survive well, you will have to keep your tank happy and healthy. When operating a tropical fish aquarium, there are a few things to be aware of so that you don’t lose your fish.

Regularly clean your tank – Even with a filter, tanks are not self-cleaning. Filters can get overloaded especially if you have too many fish in the tank too soon. Starting with a few fish allows the tank environment to settle into a fish-friendly mode starting with the nitrogen cycle that eliminates ammonia from the tank water.

Choose fish that can coexist together – All fish are not docile. Some are actually bullies. If you get a small fish that likes to fight and mix them with another fish that likes to be friendly, you won’t have the nice fish very long. He may find his way on the menu. Investigate which fish are going to get along.

Examine fish before buying – You don’t want to mix sickly fish with healthy fish. Fish with spots that are not common may have the “ick.” Likewise, fish that are swimming on the bottom in the tank at the pet store, are probably suffering from some sort of ailment.

Don’t over feed your fish – A fish swims to the top of the tank a lot but it is not always to get food. Whether pellets or flakes, fish only need to eat a few pieces twice a day. Any more than that and it will fall to the bottom and dirty the tank over time. Overeating can also cause illness or even death in fish.

Acclimate the fish to the tank environment – It is never a good idea to dump your fish into the new tank water. The shock may kill them. Instead, add aquarium water to your fish bowl one cup at a time so the fish can get used to it. After about ten minutes or so and a few cups of tank water, your fish will be ready to dive right in.

Give them light – Fish need light about eight hours a day. To be sure that the light stays on and doesn’t cause any trouble, turn it on when you get home. You can set a timer if you are afraid that you might fall asleep. Don’t leave the light on 24 hours a day.

What do fish need? They need food, light, clean water and room to move. Sounds like people, huh? To maintain a healthy tank and healthy fish, learn to take care of their environment from the beginning.

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