The Best Companions For Your Angelfish – Angelfish Tank Mates

The angelfish is one of the most popular types of cichlids you can raise. Native to South America’s Amazon River Basin, this fish is commonly bred in captivity for the aquarium trade.

Why do people love angelfish so much? It’s simple. These fish are easy to care for and have fun personalities that make them the star of any fish tank. As members of the cichlid family, these fish can get extremely aggressive if they are housed with the wrong kinds of companions.

Therefore, it’s important that you do your research to figure out the best tankmates for your angelfish. These fish do great in planted tanks and are otherwise quite easygoing – don’t make the mistake of introducing the wrong tankmates for your angelfish!

Here are some of the best tankmates to consider when you are looking for good companions for your new angelfish.


1 Platies

Platies fish
Photo by Jessica MacDougall

Platies are some of the most popular community fish, and for good reason. The hardy fish rarely grows over two and a half inches in size and they’re easy to breed in home aquariums. With just a few platies, you can easily wind up with a dozen! They don’t require a ton of space, so you can keep them with any angelfish set-up. These easy-to-care-for fish are friendly and will get along well with your angelfish.

2 Guppies

Photo by Geoff Holden

Guppies are, by and large, some of the most popular freshwater fish you can raise. Easy to keep and prolific breeders, these fish are excellent for novice fishkeepers. They also make great tankmates for your angelfish!

Guppies should be introduced to the angelfish when the angelfish are small and young. If you do things this way, your angelfish will recognize the guppies as other fish instead of as food. Keep an eye on the dynamics in your tank despite this, though, as angelfish can sometimes still go after young guppies.

Otherwise, guppies are easy to care for, adapting to a wide variety of tank environments from 66 to 84 degrees. They only grow to about two inches long.

3 Mollies

Shortfin Mollies

One of the other more popular fish species for the freshwater tank, this fish can live in saltwater aquariums, too! It gets along well with easygoing tank mates and can also tolerate more aggressive species. These fish come in a wide array of colors, sizes, and patterns – you won’t have a hard time finding the perfect one for your tank.

Mollies breed prolifically, but you likely won’t see any of the young fry in your angelfish tank. They tend to be eaten up by adult angelfish. However, if you want to raise mollies on your own, all you need to do is remove the pregnant female and put her in a separate tank to have her babies. Most mollies will grow to adult lengths of about three inches.

4 Dwarf Gourami

Dwarf Gourami
Photo by Bosscock_uk

There are many types of gouramis you can raise, but the Dwarf Gourami is one of the best if you plan on raising it with your angelfish. Native to Bangladesh, Pakistan, and INdia, this fish is a great companion for your angelfish – despite the fact that it lives on the other side of the globe. These fish are quite reserved and can tolerate most water conditions.

Dwarf Gouramis are excellent tankmates for angelfish because they are so calm. However, if you have an angelfish that is extremely territorial or aggressive in any way, you might need to be careful housing it with a dwarf gourami. Dwarf gouramis often get picked on by larger fish and allow themselves to be bullied – meaning a dwarf gourami might not always be the best choice.

Otherwise, these fish are easy to care for. They are small and only grow to about two inches in length.

5 German Blue Ram Cichlids

German Blue Ram Cichlids
Photo by Trent

The German Blue Ram Cichlid is another species of cichlid that will get along well with their cousin, the angelfish. Although this is a relatively uncommon fish in the aquarium trade, it is gaining popularity because of its ability to provide a gorgeous, sharp appearance to your tank.

This fish may look tough, but in reality, it’s a gentle giant. It is peaceful and lives easily with other non-aggressive tank mates. Known for its social nature and unique personality, this fish can be a bit tough to care for. You need to make sure your water quality is on point, s they are sensitive to high levels of nitrates and similar toxins. Test your water often, but otherwise know that blue rams are some of the best fish that you can raise with angelfish.

6 Kribensis Cichlids

Kribensis Cichlids
Photo by Frederik Lundgaard Hansen

OFten referred to as “Kribs” Kribensis Cichlids are semi-aggressive, yet spunky, cichlid that come in many colors. These fish have boisterous personalities, and can be overly aggressive during spawning times. Therefore, it’s important that you don’t include any small fish species in your Crib-Angelfish tank. Although these two can hold their own against each other, they don’t do so well when they are pitted against smaller fish.

Kribs are relatively small, only growing to about four inches in length. Nevertheless, it can be challenging to keep them in most community settings.

7 Corydoras Catfish

Bronze Cory
Photo by Jes

Also known as “Cory Cats” and simply “Corys,” these fish are some of the most popular freshwater fish you can raise. They are low-maintenance and calm, offering peaceful demeanors that prevent any conflicts in your tank. These fish do like to live in groups, so if you buy a Corydoras catfish you should plan to purchase at least three or four. Know, too, that there are hundreds of different kinds of corydoras catfish, so you should be able to find a fish that will match any kind of tank.

These fish prefer emtperuares of around 72 to 78 degrees. They don’t require a ton of care and only grow to around two and a half inches in length.

8 Bristlenose Plecos

 Bristlenose Plecos
Photo by Nevin Shrom

The Bristlenose Plecos is another popular companion for the angelfish. Native to the Amazon River Basin of South America, this fish is a bottom-feeder, spending most of its time grazing on the leftover food and algae in your tank. Plecos should also be fed supplements of algae wafers or high-quality flake foods in order to stay healthy.

These fish are quite peaceful and easy to care for. They prefer some live plants in the tank but you don’t have to include them if you don’t want to, either. These fish are awesome tank mates because they are so small and easygoing. Plus, they will help clear your tank of any algae you might have!

9 Kuhli Loaches

Kuhli Loaches
Photo by _wintermute

The kuhli loach is a unique fish speeches, looking more like an eel than a freshwater fish. This nocturnal fish is most active during the evening, when it will scour the bottom of the tank for uneaten pieces of food. It should be housed in a tank that has a smooth sand bottom – this will prevent it from injuring its delicate belly on the rough rock substrate.

Kuhli loaches are great tankmates for angelfish because they remain relatively small, only growing to about five inches long. These fish are peaceful and tend to stay out of the angelfish’s way. They prefer to keep to themselves, but it doesn’t hurt to keep a few kuhli loaches in your tank – they will keep each other occupied as long as they are in school of at least three.

10 Swordtails

Photo by Valentin Hintikka

Swordtail fish are very popular, colorful fish that are closely related to platies. Like platies, swordtails are livebearers – they give birth to live young. These fish have peaceful demeanor and can hold their own against aggressive fish. This makes them good tankmates for angelfish – they can withstand some aggression.

Swordtails can be found in many colors, sizes, and varieties. These fish are easy to breed – you might find that your swordtails breed without you even realizing that it has happened! Swordtails get their names from the males, who have elongated anal fins. You can keep swordtails with angelfish but know that you probably won’t see a ton of the offspring, as angelfish have a tendency to eat the young fry.

Besides that, these fish are very hardy. They only grow to about four inches in length,s o while they will be able to hold their own size-wise against he angelfish, you don’t have to worry about them overwhelming the tank.

11 Keyhole Cichlids

Keyhole Cichlids
Photo by Pumpkin45

Another popular companion for the angelfish, keyhole cichlids are popular among cichlid keepers in general. This fish grows to about five inches long and has a unique personality. A hardy fish, it is also one of the most peaceful. It is an excellent tank mate for the angelfish, unlikely to nip at the fins of the angelfish or cause any territorial problems.

It can be hard to find this rare species of fish,but if you do, you’re in luck – this fish is a great companion for the angelfish. In addition, these fish are great to have in their own accord. They are calm and peaceful, great tank mates for just about any community aquarium.

12 Malaysian Trumpet Snails

Malaysian Trumpet Snails
Photo by Peter Kemmer

Looking for a companion for your angelfish that isn’t a fish? The Malaysian Trumpet Snail is a great place to start. These creatures are common in fish stores, where they are often stocked in excess. Sometimes you may even be able to get some for free!

This is because Malyasian Trumpet Snails are quick breeders – it’s easy to find yourself with an entire colony of trumpet snails in just a matter of days. That shouldn’t be a problem, though – these fish will make quick work of cleaning out your tank, removing all uneaten food and algae. They only grow to about an inch long, too, so you won’t find that they take up too much space.

13 Rummy Nose Tetras

Rummy Nose Tetras
Photo by Chris Stevens

Another popular tetra species for your angelfish tank ist he Rummy Nose Tetra. This fish looks like all other kinds of tetras, and they offer some of the same benefits. They should be kept in schools of six or more, but they aren’t very large. Therefore, it’s important that you include a school to prevent your angelfish from becoming too aggressive.

Rummy Nose Tetras can easily become food for your angelfish. If you include multiples, it will deter your angelfish form being overly aggressive. Adults should be large enough to avoid being eaten, but you can always watch the behavior of your angelfish to make sure they don’t become too aggressive. These fish grow to about two inches long as adults, which is generally the safe zone when it comes to angelfish predation.

14 Lemon Tetras

 Lemon Tetras
Photo by Peter Maguire

The Lemon Tetra is another popular species of fish that you can house with your angelfish. These creatures are native to the Amazon River and are quite easy to care for. They can tolerate a wide range of water conditions, possessing peaceful demeanor around most fish. They can tolerate life with just about any kind of community fish – so long as that other species of fish does not try to eat them!

Therefore, this fish is a good companion for an angelfish. It is best to keep them in a school for six or more, because if you have just one or two fish, it will be more prone to fin-nipping of the angelfish. A large school will reduce the likelihood of this happening.

Lemon Tetras only grow to about two inches long. They prefer temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees, but otherwise are not picky when it comes to the water parameters in the tank.

15 Head And Tail Light Tetras

Head and tail light tetras are native to the same habitat as angelfish. These fish, found in the Amazon River Basin, are excellent tankmates for angelfish because they are easy going. You do need to be careful about keeping them in one regard, though – they like to nip at fins.

Otherwise, these fish are quite peaceful and should be kept at schools of around six. They are easygoing and can tolerate a vast array of water conditions. Plus, they only grow to about two inches long, so they won’t take up much space!

Tips For Selecting The Best Angelfish Tank Mates

When in doubt, know that you will always be better off introducing new companions to your angelfish when it is young and juvenile. A young angelfish is much less likely to become aggressive or display territorial acts. And moving forward, an angelfish that was acclimated to other species of fish at a young age will be much less likely to attack or try to eat smaller or other species of fish.

You need to be careful keeping angelfish with fish like barbs or tetras, as these fish have a tendency to nip fins. Although we included some tetras on this list, these varieties tend to be more peaceful and will keep to themselves. It’s important to keep an eye on your tank and watch for individual dynamics, though, because each fish will have its own personality and quirks that may make it prone to aggressive behavior.

On that note, try to avoid fish that are overly aggressive. Although angelfish are large and outgoing enough to hold their own in a fight, you want to avoid adding species like Oscars, who will exhaust your fish to the point of stress. No fish that are more aggressive than your angelfish should be included in the tank.

Finally, avoid any fish that are small enough to fit in an angelfish’s mouth. Angelfish typically see small fish as bite-sized snacks. Therefore, it’s important if you can either avoid raising small fish with your angelfish or at the very least, introduce them when your angelfish are young to prevent any problems.

And that’s all you need to know! Now that you have the information you need to make an edcatino decision, you can get started in raising the best community tank for your angelfish.

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