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Re: Angelfish in planted tanks

> Date: Thu, 6 May 1999 16:28:15 EDT
> From: CarlaThorn at aol_com
> Subject: Angelfish in planted tanks

> Hope nobody minds this slightly fishy question: should one avoid keeping 
> angelfish in a heavily planted tank? Mine seem to keep getting tangled in the 
> undergrowth, and one seems to have died because of it. Or are the fish simply 
> unwell to begin with, and get tangled in the plants in their death throes? 
> Until they get caught between a plant and the glass, my angels always seem to 
> be doing fine..
> Carla

I have two adult angelfish in a heavily planted tank and they seem to be
pretty happy. I read somewhere that angelfish like to roam in between 
dense bunchs of stem plants, presumably this is how their natural habitat
looks like. That's why they have such vertically compressed bodies. Based on
the behavior of my two specimens, that should be true. My aquarium has a
very dense bunch of rotala covering about 1/4 of the substrate area and
growing up to the surface, and there is where they spend most of their 

-Ivo Busko
 Baltimore, MD