Angelfish are considered hardy, making them an excellent choice for beginner and intermediate aquarium enthusiasts. Well cared for angelfish can live to be ten years old. They are prone to disease but providing clean water will minimize the risk of illness, disease, and premature death.
To prolong the life of angelfish, keep them in high-quality water. In addition, it is essential to keep ammonia levels under control and to take extreme care to prevent accidental contamination of the tank with harmful parasites or bacteria.
Angelfish Are Considered Hardy Fish
Angelfish are hardy fish that can be kept in freshwater aquariums without fuss.
The angelfish quickly adapt to the new environment when introduced to an established tank and require little attention once settled in.
These little freshwater angels thrive within a decent range of water parameters.
Their grace and beauty add color and charm to any aquarium or tank. However, beware to not let their “angelic appearance” fool you since they are sometimes known for being aggressive and territorial.
Angelfish Are Easy To Keep
Angelfish do not need all the paraphernalia and particular care that keeping more exotic aquarium fish may require. Therefore, they are considered easy to keep.
Angelfish needs the following to be healthy and happy:
- Angelfish are vertical swimmers and need taller and deeper rather than longer, shallower tanks to swim in. Ensure the tanks are big enough to house the number of angels you want to keep.
- They do not need bubbles, air pumps, or oxygen diffusers in their tank. However, tropical fish need a heater to keep their water between sixty-five- and eighty-five degrees Fahrenheit.
- Feeding them a varied diet will ensure radiant, happy, and healthy fish.
- Angelfish will show distress if their water quality is not adequate for survival. Therefore, always keep their tanks clean, keep the pH level of the water between six and a half and seven and a half and remember that they prefer softer water.
- These fish have their origins in swamps and flood plains. Angelfish bodies were not designed to withstand or swim against strong currents. It will wear them out, causing them stress that may lead to premature death. Their water needs to be aerated and filtered well.
- Angelfish need calm, quiet aquariums filled with enough plants to mimic their natural habitat. Take care to allow enough light to penetrate through the plants. Amazon sword plants, java fern, and java moss are ideal plants for a tank hosting angelfish.
- The lifespan of an angelfish is between ten and twelve years, and the cost of keeping them is low, ensuring value for your money.
Five Reasons To Keep Angelfish
Besides being hardy fish, there are five more reasons to consider angelfish for your aquarium or tank.
1. Angelfish Are Easy To Keep
Freshwater aquarium angelfish are not too sensitive and are considered one of the easiest aquarium fish to keep. You need to feed them twice daily, only enough food they can consume in two minutes, and remove any leftovers to avoid spoiling the water.
You will need to change fifty percent of the tank water daily and do a hundred percent water change once a week. Since angelfish are tropical fish, you must add a heater to keep the water temperature between seventy-eight- and eighty-four-degrees Fahrenheit.
Young angelfish can survive up to three days without food, and healthy adult fish can survive for a week without food. The better you feed your angelfish and the more diligent you are with keeping the water quality up to standard, the happier and more radiant your angelfish will be.
2. Angelfish Are Easy To Breed
Happy, healthy angelfish will lay eggs once a week, and next to guppies, they are the easiest fish to spawn. So, the parents will look after their fry for four weeks.
Then, after four weeks, the parents will leave for their territory again, leaving the fry to their own devices.
Small angelfish can be moved to the communal tank at six weeks since they are big enough to fend for themselves.
Angelfish are popular amongst aquarists, and you should always be able to find interested buyers looking to purchase young fish.
These fish breed easily if their water is kept at optimum quality. They are fed fresh or frozen foods, specially formulated flakes, and small pellets.
The happier and healthier the pair, the more fry they will produce.
3. Angelfish Are Compatible Tank Mates
It is easy to incorporate angelfish into aquariums without too much hassle. You need to ensure that the fish the angelfish will have to share space with is the same size as them or smaller.
They will readily share space with other angelfish, dwarf gouramis, molies, plecos, and pictus catfish.
Word of warning, avoid adding angelfish to aquariums containing crab, shrimp, or other invertebrates since the angelfish will attack them.
Angelfish only turn aggressive towards tank mates when the tank they are kept in is too small and when they choose a mate. In both these instances, the angelfish will protect their territory by being aggressive towards other fish.
4. Varieties Of Angelfish
Angelfish lovers are spoiled with a wide variety of freshwater angelfish to choose from when starting or expanding their fish collection.
Angelfish are available in silver, gold, and black and have vertical black bands on their bodies. Young angelfish may even have six black bands on their bodies, some of which fade away as the fish mature.
Angelfish are available in seawater and freshwater varieties. Take care and confirm that you purchase the correct fish. Freshwater angelfish will not survive in marine water tanks and vice-versa.
5. Angelfish Are Aggressive Eaters
Angelfish are easy to keep since they enjoy a varied diet. They will devour bloodworms, water fleas, krill, shrimp, algae, flakes, small pellets, and even green beans with gusto!
Take care not to overfeed as they will keep eating as long as you feed them. Real gluttons.
Only feed angelfish pieces of food they can get in their mouths and easily swallow.
Angelfish need to continuously eat for two minutes twice daily to be well fed. Anything more will lead to overfeeding, which may cause illness.
Angelfish are pretty, hardy, and easy to keep. Happy and healthy angelfish have many offspring, allowing you to make money on the side by selling to interested buyers.
Enjoy every moment of peace and tranquility your aquarium provides.