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Angelfish care

Angelfish Care

Angelfish originates from the Amazon region in South America and are known for their calm temperament and are generally slow moving.

Angelfish is a beautiful fish that can live for anything between 10 to 15 years if properly taken care of and caring for angelfish requires taking into consideration the condition of the aquarium, water temperature, system of filtration, water pH and live plants. In order to breed a pair of angelfish, the tank must contain a minimum of 15 gallons of water and if you plan to raise them with parents then, you need at least 25 gallons of water or more.

For each grown fish, you need to have 4 gallons of water, a silver dollar sized angelfish will need 3 gallons of water per fish and each quarter sized fish will need 2 gallons of water. The temperature of the water is also very important and varies whether you want to breed them or not.

A higher temperature is needed if you want your fish to breed and a temperature between 74 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit is normal for non breeding fish. You should know that keeping these fish in lower temperature of water enables them to live longer; however, it results in slower growth.   
Angelfish care also needs the filtration system to be good because a high flow filtration system is not ideal for them. You should therefore, go in for a sponge filter or an under gravel filter. In case you have a large tank; you can opt for small power filters as they are excellent. Even though you have a filtration system, it is essential that you change part of the water on a regular basis so that your aquarium is kept clean. Moreover, there are a number of angelfish diseases because of which ensuring proper hygiene becomes even more important. Wild angelfish prefer their water to be a little acidic whereas angelfish that are bred domestically can survive in water that is more neutral. If you are intending to breed then the water pH should be between 6.5 and 6.9 and always keep a watch on these levels in order to avoid any variation as that could be dangerous. Angelfish diet plays a crucial role in determining the health of these fish wherein a diet of flake food is more than enough. Live food such as brine shrimps, blood worms, black worms, chopped earthworms and mosquito larvae are great options. 

  Submitted on October 22, 2010  

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