Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Angel Fish

Angelfish are beautiful and captivating members of the aquarium. Originally from the cichlid family, angelfish come in many different colors and varieties and angelfish are naturally found in the Amazon river and the surrounding region. In this article I will be going over a few things to consider when you are looking to purchase angelfish for your aquarium.

The first thing you need to do, is to pick out what type of angelfish you want. There are many different varieties with different temperaments and water conditions they will need to survive. Pick something that you feel you can manage, or if you have the correct aquarium environment for them. Many angelfish need slightly acidic water to live happily in. Make sure you do plenty of research when you are purchasing your angelfish. Know exactly the type of water requirements you will need to have for your tank. Angelfish normally need a water PH level of around 5-6.5.

Angelfish are one of the most popular pet fish on the market. They are normally bred in captivity and most are bred for traits that make them adapt better to a variety of water conditions. You should make sure to provide your angelfish with plenty of rocks and plants in the aquarium, as they like to have places to hide. For feeding, angelfish are naturally carnivores and should be fed a variety of flakes, bloodworms, shrimp and also brine shrimp. Angelfish are normally peaceful, but they are natural carnivores and should not be kept in the same aquarium with other spawning fish.

Angelfish may run into problems with disease. The most common disease that can show up in the aquarium is Ich. Ich is noticeable by white spots along your fish’s body, also you can see your fish displaying behavior such as rubbing against various parts of the aquarium. There are various remedies to this that are sold around the web. If you suspect that Ich is in your aquarium, take care of the problem before it gets out of hand.

You can house many other species with angelfish. You should just make sure that they are of the same temperament and can survive in water conditions of around the same level. Also you should make sure the fish are around the same size, angelfish can eat fish that are smaller than them and have a tendency to do so. The best match for an aquarium with angelfish tends to catfish, or other species of fish that are large and peaceful.

Well, I have outlined a few things to consider when purchasing angelfish for your aquarium. Angelfish make excellent additions to the aquarium, and are very bright fish. If you care for your angelfish properly, they can provide you with many years of entertainment. As always, make sure you do plenty of research before you head out and purchase your very own angelfish. It may take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of caring for angelfish you will be able to enjoy them fully in no time at all.