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How to Build an Angelfish Aquarium

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/8/2006 | Fishing and Boating

Angelfish, one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish are lovely to look at and can live for several years. They usually grow to about six inches with very long feathery veils. In a fifteen gallon tank, only two angelfish should share it. When breeding, move up to a twenty-five gallon tank as the female will lay about two hundred eggs. Not all of these eggs will hatch, but it is good to be prepared. Also, when in a tank that is too crowded, the parents will eat some of the eggs to reduce the overcrowding.

Freshwater fish must live in freshwater. They will die if they are placed into saltwater. Buying a filtration system will keep a steady flow of clean water going into the tank and old water coming out. It is also good to buy a temperature monitoring system that will maintain the proper temperature which is about 70 degrees. If the Angelfish develop Ich, the water temperature will need to be raised in order to kill parasites that have not yet found a fish to infect. Clean water is essential when trying to keep the fish healthy and active. Fish that appear sluggish or who have stopped eating may be sick. Look for white spots on the gills to see if it is a parasite. There are medications available to help the fish recover.

Tank size is not the only item to consider when building an angelfish tank. It is important to place a few live plants at the bottom so that the fish will feel comfortable and at home. Many times, an angelfish will lay eggs on the leaves of the plants. And if there is something wrong with the water, the plants will appear sick and dull-looking before the fish do. This will give the fish owner a chance to fix what is wrong in the fish tank. Sometimes adjusting the tank temperature is that will be needed.

Feeding angelfish is also very simple. They eat a wide variety of food, so it is important to make sure they are eating different things. Brine shrimp are a favorite of the angelfish. They prefer live shrimp when possible. Other foods include worms, ground beef, and dehydrated fish food. Feeding young angelfish will require multiple feedings of fresh food each day until they are old enough to eat the dehydrated food. If the angelfish stop eating, give them fresh brine shrimp. They should start eating again.

Angelfish are wonderful pets for those who enjoy fish to have for a long time. They are easy to care for and can also breed easily. It is recommended that a person talk to a pet store employee before buying any type of freshwater fish. Knowing how to provide a suitable home for the fish is a wonderful start. The fish will thrive in an environment that is safe, warm, and comfortable. Angelfish will eat practically anything and will enjoy shrimp whenever possible. Supplying a healthy diet is another way to ensure healthy fish for many years.