Angelfish tank mates are certainly a possibility, without a doubt. Although Angelfish belong to the cichlid family with most cichlids being known for their aggression, Angelfish are actually not aggressive fish. Angelfish are very peaceful fish, so it is best to pick other fish that have the same temperament. The only time an Angelfish would ever become aggressive would be during breeding (like most fishes). So be cautious if you are breeding your Angelfish.
Below are a few Angelfish fish tank mates that can possibly be housed together with your Angelfish. Of course, always use caution when mixing fish. If you see any aggression being done, simply separate the fish.
African Dwarf Frogs
African Dwarf frogs are great tank mates for Angelfish because they do not look like a fish or any type of threat. African dwarf frogs also stay fairly small which is good because there won’t be any chances of the frog trying to eat the Angelfish, like other large frogs might try to do. Being relatively small, these types of frogs produce very little waste, so you don’t have to worry about nitrates/nitrites/ammonia.
The most common snail being sold in pet stores today is the apple snail. Apple snails can be put into an Angelfish’s tank with no problem due to its large hard shell. The Angelfish can’t possibly harm the snail. If housing an apple snail is in mind, just know that they can get up to the size of a softball.
Ghost Shrimp and Red Cherry Shrimp
Ghost Shrimp stay very small and are usually sold as food for other fish, but can be a great addition to your Angelfish’s tank. They won’t harm your Angelfish in any way.
Red cherry shrimp are another awesome type of shrimp tank mate for Angelfish because they can help do two things. Serve as food when the Angelfish is hungry (sometimes) and serve as algae eaters. They help clean the algae that may be forming in your Angelfish’s tank daily by eating it. But be careful on how many red cherry shrimp you buy. They breed quite well so make sure they don’t overcrowd the tank.
Corydoras Catfish (Cory Catfish)
Cory catfish are very calm and peaceful fish. It’s almost unheard of that they’d be aggressive. They are very friendly fish, especially with themselves. Be sure to get a good sized group of cories, they need a minimum of five for a proper school to feel secure and happy. Adding fake or real plant will also help make them feel secure and safe. Also, make sure to have sand substrate so they don’t hurt themselves or lose their barbs.
Loaches are great tank mates because they are mostly bottom feeders that will stay away from most of the fish in your tank (including your Angelfish). They are very calm and peaceful fish that will cause no harm towards your Angelfish. Be careful when choosing a loach though, as some can reach the length of 16 inches. I personally recommend khuli loaches, dwarf loaches, , and zebra loaches. These loaches stay smaller than 5 inches.
There are many tetra species out there that do well with Angelfish, while others that will be eaten by Angelfish. You have to make sure that you get tetras that are not small enough to fit in a full grown Angelfish’s mouth. Recommended tetras by many fish-keepers are Head-and-Taillight tetras, lemon tetras, glowlight tetras, pristella tetras, emperor tetras, and occasionally neon tetras. The tetras to stay away from are the cardinal tetras (will be eaten), serpae tetras (fin-nippers), and black skirt tetras (will be attacked).
Plecos make good tank mates for Angelfish because of their size and calmness. Most plecos spend their days eating algae on rocks and glass, not bothering anybody. I personally have 2 plecos with my 1 Angelfish with no problem. Just have in mind, I have a 55 gallon tank which allows the room for 2 plecos. If you are wanting to get a pleco, get one based on the size of your fish tank. Some plecos get big, while other stay small (5 inches) like the clown plecos, bristlenose plecos, and rubber lipped plecos.
Feeder fish can make good tank mates for Angelfish as they are very calm fish. Although they are not the prettiest fish and are mostly sold for food, they will still make a good addition to the fish tank.
A Guide in Choosing Angelfish Tank Mates
- No nibblers – do not get any fish that will nibble at your Angelfish. This will cause stress and sometimes fights.
- No small fish – It is known that some Angelfish will eat smaller fish (less than 2 inches).
- Tank size – If you are getting tank mates for your Angelfish, make sure you have the room for all the fish to have their space.
- Bottom Feeders – Many bottom feeders are fish that can live well with Angelfish. (Plecos, catfish, loaches)
- Diet & Water Requirements – Make sure to choose only fish that require the same diet and water conditions as your Angelfish.