Beginner's Guide To Angelfish Care
Angelfish care isn’t very difficult once you know what to do, and if you understand that caring for this type of fish does take some effort. Although angelfish are known to be very delicate and hard to care for, they are hardier than what you might think. It’s true that when they are young they are more delicate than when they are adults, they do tend to grow fast; in addition, breeding these fish isn’t difficult at all.
Angelfish are very popular aquarium fish because they are so colorful. They come in a variety of colors. One of the most common places to find angelfish is the Amazon River where there is an abundance of this species of fish.
- Tank Setup - The first, and one of the most important aspects of caring for angelfish is setting up a tank that is suitable for this species of fish. For angelfish care it is significant that you consider their natural habitat while setting up a tank for them. The Amazon contains water that is both soft, as well as acidic. The pH level in your water should range from 6.0 to 7.2, but if you keep the pH level between 6.5 and 6.8 it will better encourage spawning. The water temperature in your take should be kept between 76F and 80F, and you will also want to ensure that you have a good filter. Clean water that has low ammonia levels is necessary for healthy fish. Some additional tips that will help with setting up your tank include using live plants, and no more than a quarter inch of gravel on the bottom of the tank. You will also need a tank that is at least 30 gallons are larger.
- How Many Fish – When you go to buy your angelfish you will have to either buy only one fish, or at least four. Angelfish are naturally aggressive, even to their own species; for this reason if you only have a couple, the fish will constantly be targeting each other. On the other hand if you have several, no one fish will experience too much stress. It is also not recommended that you have a community tank that includes both angelfish and guppies or tetras. Angelfish will eat these types of fish.
- Feeding Angelfish – Another basic to angelfish care is feeding. You will have to feed your fish the proper food to ensure they stay as healthy as possible. Angelfish do well with pellets and flakes, but for good health you should vary their diet a little by adding brine shrimp and bloodworms to their feedings once in a while.
- Disease – One of the most common ailments of angelfish is the Hole in the head disease; this disease is caused by poor water quality. To ensure that your angels do not get this disease it is best to monitor water quality on a regular basis.
- Breeding – When breeding angelfish you will want to let your fish pair up on their own, once you notice your fish pairing up, you can separate the pairs into separate tanks. Keep in mind that angelfish like to lay their eggs on clean surfaces, so a clean spawning tank is your best bet. When they have spawned, remove the adult fish so that they do not eat the fry.
Although angelfish care may seem too difficult for beginnings, you can successfully keep angelfish if you educate yourself about their care beforehand. If you want to add color to your tank, angelfish are great. Not only are they beautiful, but also these fish are active and fun to watch, and best of all, angelfish are far more resistant to disease than many other species.