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Proper Freshwater Angelfish Care and Keeping

When taking proper care of freshwater Angelfish it is important that the aquarium owner understands the basic needs of these fish. The fish keeper should be familiar with aquariums, water quality, water oxygen levels, water temperature and water filtration. Understanding the basics of these topics will help an aquarium owner to maintain a healthy aquarium environment that will encourage breeding.

It is important that the home aquarium is adequate size hold the Angelfish. Young Angelfish need plenty of space to grow into strong healthy adults. A grow out tank should be no smaller than 50 gal and larger if possible. No more than 8 or 9 breeding size angelfish should be kept in a 50 gal tank. Once a breeding pair has been established, they can be kept in a 20 gal tank of their own.

One excellent option for a grow out tank is a complete aquarium system. Complete systems offer built-in filtration that is usually high quality and provides the best possible filtration for promoting the growth of healthy angelfish. Newly hatched angelfish fry should be kept in a smaller tank with either an undergravel filter or a canister filter but once they are free swimming and strong they should be moved to a larger tank with space for growing and the best filtration. The Solana XL 67 gallon aquarium system is one that I recommend for a grow out tank. It offers the space for the young angelfish to grow and it has a superior built-in sump filtration system. Take a few minutes to read this Solana aquarium review and visit MarineDepot.com for free freight shipping on the aquarium system.

Half Black AngelfishTemperature is another important part of proper angelfish care. Freshwater Angelfish can tolerate a wide range of temperatures but prefer to have the temperature between 72 and 80 degrees. While the exact temperature isn't that important, it is important to keep the temperature stable. Most aquarium heaters have a built-in thermostat that helps to maintain a stable water temperature in the aquarium.


The use of good filtration is necessary to keep water optimal. The filter should provide mechanical, chemical and biological filtration. Box or sponge filters provide good mechanical filtration and are safe for angelfish of all sizes. Box or sponge filters will also provide some biological filtration. Airstones in combination with these filters will help maintain good oxygen levels in the aquarium.

Step by Step Guide to Keeping and Breeding Angelfish

The best way to keep water conditions optimal is by doing regular partial water changes. Water changes will remove dirt, waste products and other contaminants from the water. Changing a small percent of the water regularly will help stimulate appetites and encourage breeding in mated pairs.

Silver AngelfishThe best way to monitor water quality is by using aquarium test kits. These kits are relatively inexpensive and can be used to measure many of the different water parameters. Testing the water on a regular basis will allow an aquarium owner to be aware of changes in water quality and make adjustments as needed. Better water quality will result in healthier Angelfish.

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