Monday, February 22, 2016

Should I Add An Angelfish To My Saltwater Tank?

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One of the fish you are probably most excited about adding, if you have a saltwater aquarium, is the angelfish. After all, the angelfish is not only one of the most popular saltwater fish, but it is one of the most beautiful saltwater fish as well. You will want to make sure you know a few specific things about the angelfish, however, before you go out and add one to your tank.

Housing conditions: Because the angelfish can grow to be quite large, you should not keep them in a tank that is any smaller than 75 gallons. As the angelfish is quite hardy, it is usually easy to take care of once you have gotten it to adjust to its new tank; at the same time, however, many angelfish do not adjust well to a new tank.

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Diet: The dietary needs of the angelfish is one of the big reasons why they sometimes have a difficult time adjusting to a new tank. In the ocean, the angelfish will feel liberally on coral - but if you keep coral in your tank, you probably do not have an interest in seeing it all eaten up! When you add an angelfish to a tank with coral in it, you will be risking the survival of that coral; at the same time, however, you will be risking the survival of the angelfish if you add it to a tank without coral. If you get an angelfish when it is still young, you can often get it to eat flake food - but you should also provide live food every so often. Brine shrimp and small clams should do the trick for live food - but also know that the angelfish may end up eating your other invertebrates as well.

Temperament: The angelfish is an extremely territorial fish, and you should not try to keep more than one angelfish in your tank at a time. Your angelfish should do just fine with your other fish - as long as you do not have more than one in the tank, and as long as you provide this one with some good, rocky hiding places.

If you still feel that an angelfish might be a good fit for your tank, you should be fine to buy one - and you are sure to enjoy the beautiful color it adds to your tank!

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