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More angel questions-Overstocking?

I'm thinking of putting a single altum angelfish in one of my tanks.
But which one?

A 10 gallon would definelty be too Small? Right?

What about a 30 gallon? Would a single one fit in there?

Do I need to go bigger? Are they better kept in pairs? Trios?

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Altum angels do best in schools and need fairly large tanks- they get to be very tall/deep fish and need the swimming room. I wouldn't recommend anything less than a 75gal for a small school of 3-5 angels, and not much else in the tank with them. These are not beginner fish- they tend to be very delicate.



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What about Koi Angels?
Do they have the same requirements, just less sensitive?
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Yeah - altums are huge.
You might want to check out silver striped angels. They look similar, and don't get nearly as large. You might be able to keep 3 in your 30.
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Altums run about 30 dollars and won't last if you aren't extremely careful. 30 gallons is out of the question. 10 gallons is too small for any angelfish. To give you an idea of how big an altum might get, find a ruler. This is how tall it will be.

Koi, black, silver, "zebra" pearl, or any other color variation is going to be a pterophyllum scalare. Scalare angels are probably what you see at your LFS. It is very rare that a LFS has anything else. These are much more hardy as they are tank bred. They don't get quite as large (although still way too big for a 10, and I wouldn't put too much else in a 30).

If you really wanted the altum look, you could try looking for peruvian altums.
These are actually still classified as pterophyllum scalare, but look a bit different.

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