I have had a long history with Angel Fish. My first set of Angels were purchased at a shop in Toledo OH, the name escapes me as I used to visit like 5 at a time while I was up there from Findlay. I can’t remember which birthday it was but I know I was up there with my mom who in hind site was super patient and let me roam around many pet shops while she patiently waited.
This particular trip was a special one as I was picking out my birthday gifts on the spot. I wasn’t able to drive yet so I am going to call this probably my 14th birthday. On this occasion I was fortunate enough to be coming home with a new 40 Tall. I have always loved the 40 tall. (for those who aren’t familiar is it the same foot print as a 20L or a 29 gallon, just 3 inches or so taller.
What better fish to put in a tall tank than some Angels?
Looking back on it, I am not sure it was the best idea to be buying the fish the same day as the tank, but I might have been wise enough to use some water from an existing tank to get the bioload started.
This tank was pretty killer for what I was doing at the time. I had purchased a bunch of easy plants. I’d love to tell you that the plants thrived, they didn’t. They were put down into just gravel like most rookies do. I was however, using my first natural looking substrate (though my previous tanks had black gravel) This tank also had a massive piece of gray slate in it.
My Angels loved this tank and even threw down some eggs on the slate, though I can only assume that the eggs and or babies were eating not long afterwards. They were great fish in a pretty cool setup for a 14 year old.
It wasn’t until probably more than 10 years later that I had Angels again. This time is was in my 125 which was setup of only a short while during my time in Cincy. I had some really nice black angels which sadly couldn’t survive the long trip down to FL in the plastic tub.
Moving back from FL, I rolled back into Angels again. This time with two regular silver angels, 2 pearl scale Angels and two black ones. All of these fish were purchased from Just Fish a great, “fish only” shop that has since gone under here in Lexington. Those Angels were the main show stoppers in my living room 125 for many years. I would lose one occasionally while out of town having someone else taking care of my fish. At one point I had two separate pairs breeding on either end of the tank. Unfortunately, there was an odd man out who was getting beat on pretty heavily living between these two pairs. I never bothered to try and keep any of these babies as I didn’t have the space nor the desire to.
As a note on breeding Angelfish. I would recommend giving them large amounts of floating plants. Tons of cover and protection to the point that they can’t see or be bothered with by other fish. I was using floating water wisteria for this purpose and it worked great.
Over about 6 years I had come down to just the two silver Angels remaining. The better looking of the two I should have entered into a contest as he was an awesome one. The better looking one pasted on and it wasn’t until probably 4 months ago that my last surviving “OG” (Original Gangster) Angelfish died. I wasn’t overly crushed by this as he had lived a long life…
I did feel that I owed our last man some respect and vowed to not put any new Angelfish in the tank until after he was gone….and that day has finally come.
Hello wild caught Peru Angels.