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Freshwater Aquarium/Angelfish vs. 10 gallon aquarium


    I have a 10 gallon aquarium. In the past, I've kept mostly guppies, and I'm ready for something new. Lately, I've been reading about freshwater fish and the angelfish has definitely caught my eye. I was wondering if I could keep 1 angelfish plus a few other small fish in the tank. And if I can, what types and how many of the smaller fish could I keep? Thanks!

Hi Brooke

Angelfish need to be kept in groups of 3 or more. These fish get large and need at least a 30 gallon tank. I have 7 Angels and all of them have 8" fin spans and are in a 125 gallon tank. A 10 gallon is fine for a few small fish, but not Angels.

Hope this helps, good luck!


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I own and maintain several freshwater aquariums from 2 to 180 gallon. I can answer most questions about freshwater aquariums, including setup, cycling, maintenance, compatible tank mates, feeding. Moving? I've moved fish both across town and across the country and can help you get your little aquatic friends to their new home safely. I know and have experience with most freshwater community fish, South American Cichlids and African Cichlids. I don't answer questions about Goldfish or keeping Goldfish with Tropical Fish. I also don't answer questions about keeping crustaceans (shrimp, snails, crabs etc) with Tropical Fish, nor questions about saltwater fish or aquariums. I'm not available to answer questions on weekends, this is when I do maintenance on my own tanks.


Many years of personal experience with community tank fish, semi-aggressive fish (Barbs, Tetras, etc), Angels, South American Cichlids and African Cichlids.

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