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Freshwater Angelfish

Angelfish.
Zebra and Black Veiltail Angelfish.

And I mean Scalare and not Altum species. I got a gold and zebra angelfish when they were babies about six months ago, so I think they have to be around 9 months old. I have seen bigger angelfish, but I read somewhere that once they reach close to the one year age, they still grow, but slowly. This specie is elegant, and is a cichlid! They require a tall tank because of their shape. While african and other south american cichlids need more horizontal space to swim because of its elongated shape, angelfish move more in a vertical manner. I believe a 40 gallon tank(3 ft long) will be ideal for them, or a bowfront close to 30 gallons too.

Bristlenose Pleco

Albino Bristlenose Pleco
Albino Bristlenose Pleco sucking algae from honeycomb rock.

I ended up buying four of them in total, and they were one and a half inch at most). First one regular color and one albino. Then they died in less than a week. The substrate in the 30 gallon aquarium where they were had white rock substrate(but not polished small pebbles). I noticed them when dying having little blood under their bellies. So the next two I got were again one regular, and one albino.

These bristlenose plecos went into the 60 gallon tank with polished pebble. Happy there they went and couple of days latter the regular color pleco showed up dead. I said to myself that if the last pleco died I would not get any more plecos. But the only bristlenose plecostomus survivor(and albino by the way)is growing and seems to be doing just fine.

Plecos need either sand substrate, or polished pebble so they don’t cut their soft belly.

Tetras Fish Experience

 

Diamond Tetra
Diamond Tetra

Pristella Tetra. Shy small tetra who don’t bother guppies. A very hardy fish and is better to have it in a group of six if they are the only tetras in a 30 to 10 gallon fish tank in my opinion . I never had a problem with them as long as I did water changes weekly.

Glowlight Tetra. Smaller than pristella and thin bullet shape. Had no problems with them neither. They too have to be in a group of six at least

Black Neon Tetra. I like the looks of them. Appearance is thicker bullet shape than glowlights. No issues with them neither.

Diamond Tetra. I have six of them. None of them died. I have them in a 60 gallon fish tank with angelfish and plecos.

Black Phantom Tetra. I got 2 females and 1 male. Two died in 48 hours, and I don’t know still why.

Swordtails

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Male Pineapple Swordtail.

There are many strains of swordtail fish. I like the pineapple strain, there are others I like too, but are harder to find at fish stores. These fish are the biggest of the the livebearer group(there are some big mollies too).

I was never able to breed them at home. I had to buy one pregnant female at the store, and in the way home she had half of her fry, but the fishtanks were almost full. Only five of fifty survived. Then when I decided they were a little bit big(10 weeks old), I dared to put them with some diamond tetras and keyhole cichlids. It was a deadly mistake. They ate them alive.

Swordtails take their time to grow. Maybe one day I will buy another pregnant female and dedicate more time raising their fry(at least once).

Molly Fish.

I like to add molly fish with barbs. Platies suppose to go well with barbs too, but the barbs are very active, and platies feel overwhelmed by the barbs to the point where I have seen platies getting mad at barbs. That haven’t happened with gold barbs and mollies. Molly goes well with swordtail, tetras.

Mollies are more docile than platies, and mollies are bigger in size(maybe is because I haven’t seen an aggressive molly yet).

So as an all rounder community fish from the livebearers. I would say Molly!.

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