Posted on Jul 10, 2008 | Comments 0
Even in a crowded aquarium, you can recognize the presence of an angelfish. These fishes are easily recognized because of their colorful textured body, elongated structure, anal fins and triangular dorsal.
So, everyone loves to have an angelfish at home aquarium, as they add elegance to any aquarium[Aquarium decorations] and make the aquarium bloom with the angelfish colors.
These are not only known for their different textures and colored body, but also known for their intelligence levels. They are so intelligent that they have the capacity to demonstrate the learned act or behavior.
Angelfishes are superlative, which have a wide range of species. Choosing an angelfish for your aquarium from this wide range of species is not an easy task. For yielding proper captivity of the angelfish, you need to provide the angelfish with suitable captive environment.
The basic essentials for angelfish to setup in aquarium:
Aquarium requirements: The first and foremost important thing required in angelfish care is aquarium. Size of the aquarium is the most important thing; the bigger the size of the aquarium, the healthier is the angelfish.
The aquarium set up should also be different from other aquariums; preferably constructed with aquascaped live rocks. The aquarium should not be dumped with different species of fishes. Angelfishes are cordial towards other species even though they need space to survive and swim freely.
Plants: Angelfishes are plant freaks and cannot survive without the plants [aquarium plants]. Live plants are suggested in the aquarium as the angelfishes cannot get along with artificial plants. Angelfishes grow healthy when provided with different species of live plants.
If aquatic grass is placed as the live plants, the angel fish grows very healthy, as they love to swim in grassy places and this keeps them healthy and happy.
Water temperature: Normally the angelfish is grown in tropical region; temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit is suggested for better immunity system and spawning conditions. Persistent lower temperature supports longer life span, but less growth of the angelfish.
A temperature of 74-78 degree Fahrenheit is suggested for non-spawning angelfishes. Monitor the water temperature changes regularly and see that the temperature does not fall down or go up abruptly.
Filtration system: Angelfish cannot stay in the same water for so many days. Angel fishes are very sensitive and traces of nitrates and ammonia in the fish tank can kill angelfish.
Angelfishes are not efficient swimmers, so high flow filters [aquarium filter] can be stressful for the angelfishes. Combination of sponge filter and under gravel filters is suggested for angelfish aquariums. Even after a filter setup, you need to change the water regularly for the healthy growth of the angelfishes.
Water PH: Wild angel fishes survive in slightly acidic nature water. But, domestic angelfishes cannot tolerate acidity. The ideal PH level for angelfishes breeding is 6.5-6.9 PH.
Always keep an eye on the aquarium water PH levels. Device known as ‘Ph test kit’ is useful in knowing about the PH levels and maintaining the PH levels. Dangerous fluctuation in PH levels can be hazardous for the angelfish growth.