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07-29-2013, 10:03 PM #1
I want an angel so bad! But is it a good idea.....?
So I have a 56 gallon aquarium that is 30"L X 24"H X 18"D. It is a planted tank with sand substrate and driftwood. It's been set up for 4 months. I have 8 cherry barbs, 6 bleeding heart tetras, 2 bolivian rams, 2 nerite snails, and 1 bristlenose pleco.
I would love love LOVE to have angelfish. From what I've read for my tank size it's safest to go with just 1. I've been doing research on this for a month or so. I'm all about research. Don't want to make any bad decisions due to ignorance. So far I haven't found any bad situations with angels and rams. All of my fish are very peaceful and get along great. In general they sound like good community fish. I would really like to have one but I want some advice first. Maybe I've missed an article or something that says "Never put them with rams!" or something like that.
I've been going through this site and forum trying to absorb as much information. I love this forum and have found it to be so helpful. Figured I might as well just post a thread with my situation and see what you guys say. Are rams a bad idea? Or what about bleeding hearts?
Thanks for reading and/or replying!
P.S. I'm not looking to get anything until I feel satisfied with my research.
07-29-2013, 10:11 PM #2
I've kept angels and rams together for years with no problems between them at all. I think you would be fine with a single angel in your setup. Keep in mind that if the rams breed, the angel will eat the fry.
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07-29-2013, 10:16 PM #3
I agree with Kingfisher. You'll have no trouble with an angel and your rams. Cherry barbs are not fin nippers so they are no danger to the angel's gorgeous fins. The bleeding hearts, however, may be a different story. I have had no personal experience with bleeding hearts and angels but from what I've read, they might give an angel some problems. :o(
Good luck with whatever you decide.
BTW - I have a single angel in a 30 gal with harlequin rasboras, zebra danios, cory cats and a BNP. Absolutely no problems. Just thought i'd toss out that option.
07-29-2013, 11:23 PM #4
08-05-2013, 05:09 AM #5
I was in my LFS today looking for cherry shrimp and came across an angelfish that had been donated to the store because it wasn't wanted anymore. I know the owners pretty well (been shopping there since I was a kid) and they decided to let me have it for half price. I told them my situation with my current inhabitants and they said there shouldn't be any problems. They also mentioned that it hadn't shown any aggression or dominance with its tankmates at the store.Though they said if anything did come out of it I could take it back.
So I brought the fish home and so far everything is great. The other fish don't even seem to care that there's a big fish in there and the angelfish is just keeping to itself. When I bought the angelfish I assumed that it was p. scalare but now I'm not so sure. I'm thinking it might actually be p. altum. Can anyone help me identify what I have here?
Very beautiful fish. I'm in love.
I've only had this angelfish for about 7 hours and already I can see the great personality that it has. I don't know why anyone would want to give it away.