Angelfish Compatibility: Aggressive Fish That You Should Not Put With Angels

Angelfish are generally quiet and peaceful fish. However, they are cichlids and some will nip fins. Though, aggressive and semi-aggressive tank mates will do more damage to angelfish fins and tails, than angelfish will do to each other. This list includes aggressive and semi-aggressive fish that aren’t usually suitable to keep with angelfish.

A general rule includes avoiding all African cichlids that come from three African lakes, Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria. There are several different species that live in these three lakes. Some South American cichlids, such as Oscars are too aggressive for any community tank.

This is a list of semi-aggressive and aggressive fish often too aggressive for an angelfish community tank. It isn’t complete, but a starting guide for choosing what freshwater fish to put with your angelfish.

Semi-Aggressive Freshwater Fish

These are fish that can be aggressive, but some individuals may be very peaceful. Some are only aggressive during breeding. Use caution when adding fish from this list to your angelfish tank. When choosing fish at the store, watch for aggressive behavior and pick individuals that are not chasing others around. Also, the bigger your tank, the less aggression you will have from your fish overall.

Seven-spotted Archer Fish Toxotes chatareus

Black widow tetra photo

Black Widow Tetra, photo by akshaydewan at Flickr

Black Widow or Black Skirt Tetra Gymnocorymbus ternetzi

Moonlight Gourami Trichogaster microlepis

Pearl Gourami Trichogaster leeri

Giant gourami Colisa fasciata

Buenos Aires Tetra Hemigrammus caudovittatus

Bumblebee Catfish Batrochoglanis raninus

Firemouth Cichlasoma meeki

Flying Fox  Epalzeorhynchus kallopterus

Freshwater Puffer Tetraodon nigroviridis

Clown loach Botia macracantha

Green Tiger Barb Barbus tetrazona

Gold Gourami Trichogaster trichopterus

Kissing Gourami Helostoma temminckii

silver dollar fish photo

Flickr: brian.gratwicke

Red-tailed Shark  Epalzeorhynchos bicolor

Rosy Barb Puntius conchonius

Silver Dollar Metynnis argenteus

Severum Heros severus

Swordtail Xiphophorus hellerii

Tiger Barb Puntius tetazona

Tinfoil Barb Barbonymus schwanenfeldii

Chinese algae eater Gyrinocheilus aymonieri 

Aggressive Freshwater Fish

Black Paradise fish Macropodus spechti

Green Terror Fish Photo

Green Terror, photo by ulfhams_vikingur at Flickr

Butterfly Fish Pantodon buchholzi

Convict cichlid Amatitlania nigrofasciata

Green Terror Andinoacara rivulatus

Jack Dempsey Cichlasoma octofasciatum

Knife Livebearer Alfaro cultratus

Red Belly Piranha Pygocentrus nattereri

Red Oscar  Astronotus ocellatus

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