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Freshwater AngelFish

Freshwater Angelfish, Koi Angelfish, and others of this species are great for the small fish tanks to outside ponds depending on your needs

Freshwater Angelfish are another great choice for a small aquarium fish setup. 

There are some beautiful tropical Angelfish, but we are going to focus on the fresh water angelfish today.

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There are numerous types of freshwater angelfish including the

  • Golden
  • Veil Tail 
  • Blacklace
  • Blushing 
  •  Marble 
  •  Koi 
  • and even the most recognised - the Zebra angelfish.

Many people are under the misconception that you can’t have fun with fish, or there is no communication to be had. This is not true, and especially with the freshwater angelfish. Each fish in this species has its own little likes and dislikes, and personalities. They are fun to get to know.

They actually look outside their tanks for stimulating happenings out there. The angelfish are usually the first in the tank to follow you around the room or play chasing games with your fingers. I have even seen one that would swim circles around the hands of someone cleaning the tank or adjusting their tank ornaments. 

Although angelfish are fairly easy and affordable first fish, you need to make sure you find someone knowledgeable about them, if you are adding other species of fish.  Many times the beautiful flowing fins can be picked at by other types of fish.

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Freshwater Angelfish Aquarium Setup

Angelfish love to swim freely but never be too far from a shelter. Be it a large rock or plants to hide behind, they do have their shy moments.

Tank Size

Angelfish also like a community, and the magic number seems to be around 2 per every 10 Gallon tank or larger. However, take care, as some can outgrow a small tank very quickly. 

If your Angelfish feels crowded, it can become territorial and aggressive. This is especially true if there are two males and a female in the tank.  The size of tank doesn’t even matter at that point, so it is better to be safe than sorry…stick with only a few.

Water Conditions

The ideal temperature for Angelfish is about 77°F (25°C) and the pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Too low, or too high temperatures may result in premature death of your angelfish. 

Plants & Ornaments

Angelfish must have vegetation to be happy. It not only filters and cleans the tank water of decomposed materials, it reduces algae.

Plants imitate its natural habitat, and gives them hiding places. Some have been known to be so at ease, they will breed, using the live aquarium plants as egg beds. They favor larger leaved plants for this. Here are the favorite live plants for the Angelfish.
Alternanthera  and  Echinodorus Amazonicus  

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Freshwater Angelfish Health

Feeding & Health

Angelfish prefer flakes over pellet or granule type foods. If you want to get creative, go to a pet shop, that sells fish or reptile food. If there are none around, look for a bait shop for fresh food.  Find live and frozen worms, larvae, insects, brine shrimp, and other treats. Don’t forget to thaw it before serving.  

Once per day is normal feeding for the angelfish. Unlike some other species, they eat what you give them, not leaving it to spoil on the bottom. This means a little goes a long way, so begin with what can be eaten in 4-5 minutes will keep them full for a day. Cut this portion in half if you feed twice per day.


Angelfish are the best tank mates for the most part with tetras, with the exception of neon tetras and guppies. For some odd reason an angelfish will hunt these two types of fish down and strike at them, in fear they will be harmed first. They say guppies are notorious for biting angel’s fins, so intolerance takes over and the angelfish they becomes aggressive back.

Most common angel fish diseases are:

Pop-Eye is characterised by cloudy eyes, bloody spots, sores, black spots, spots resembling tumours, loss of fins. Other than a lack of tank care, it can be caused by internal parasites, bacteria, or worm cataracts.

Ich is also called white spot disease. It is caused by parasites, and again other than lack of maintenance, the ammonia levels are so high it will caused stress, and lack of oxygen.

Less common but still occur can be these diseases:

Angelfish virus
Hexamita (AKA hole-in-the-head disease)
Velvet disease (AKA gold dust disease)
Anchor worms
Mouth fungus

Freshwater Angelfish Breeding


If your angelfish is happy within it's tanks environment, they will breed newborns. They will also use the same hiding places. If you are going to breed, you need to learn more about freshwater angelfish breeding tanks. Yet another reason for only getting one or two per tank until you are prepared. More fish means more waste of food and excrement, therefore you would need an upgraded sponge filter.

Male or Female?

You won’t be able to tell the differences between a male and a female except at spawning time.  The female has a tear-drop shaped tube and the males is a cone shape. At this time, it is best to watch it closely and have another tank prepared to make a nursery. Disaster could happen if you do not do this.

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