How Big Do Angelfish Get (Top tips for healthy growth)


How Big Do Angelfish Get

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Angelfish are a popular type of tropical freshwater fish. These tropical fish are known for their beautiful coloration and elegant fins. But how big do Angelfish get?

Freshwater angelfish typically grow to around 5-8 inches in length, however, they are often taller than they are long, often growing to 8-10 inches tall. Marine angelfish can grow much larger, with a typical size of 8-12 inches and 24 inches for larger species.

This article covers the freshwater angelfish, one of the most commonly owned species by fishkeepers worldwide.

I will talk about the growth rate of angelfish and factors that can impact the angelfish growth rate, such as diet and tank conditions. You will also find an angelfish size chart detailing the average size of many angelfish varieties.

By the end of this short article, you will know everything you need to know about angelfish and their size.

How Big Do Freshwater Angelfish Get

Freshwater angelfish are a popular choice for many aquarium enthusiasts, thanks to their beautiful appearance and peaceful nature. Keeping freshwater angelfish is relatively easy, and they make excellent community fish. But how big do angelfish get?

In captivity, freshwater angelfish typically grow to between 4 and 6 inches long. However, they can reach sizes of up to 12 inches in the wild. This difference in size is due to several factors, including diet, living space, and water conditions.

In general, angelfish kept in home aquariums will not reach their full potential size due to the smaller confines of their tank. However, they can still grow to be large and healthy fish with proper care.

How Long Do Angelfish Live

The angelfish’s lifespan can impact how large it can grow. Freshwater angelfish reach maturity at between 6-and 12 months old, where most of their growth takes place. However, they will continue to grow slowly throughout their lifetime. So how long do angelfish fish live?

Angelfish can live for 10-12 years with proper care in captivity. This includes regular water changes, a healthy diet, and a stress-free life.

Angelfish in the wild typically have a shorter lifespan, living for about 8-10 years. However, the lower life expectancy is generally caused by predation, disease, and water pollution. In a healthy environment without predators and the right conditions, freshwater angelfish can reach 15 years in the wild.

I have written the article How Long Do Angelfish Live & How To Improve Life Expectancy if you want to learn more about the lifespan of angelfish.

Full Grown Angelfish Size

A full-grown angelfish’s size is often determined by its species, breed, age, and genetics. However, environmental factors such as tank size and diet can also play a role in determining the size of a full-grown angelfish. In general, a healthy angelfish that has been well taken care of will reach its full size.

An angelfish will grow about 4 inches in the first 6 months of its life and be considered full size at between 1 and 2 years of age. However, an adult angelfish can continue to grow slowly throughout its adult life until around 5 or 6 years old. An adult angelfish can grow a further 1 inch every 1-3 years until it is truly full grown.

Youtube video showing 2 large angelfish with a discussion on how big do angelfish grow with some growth tips.

It isn’t easy to give an accurate size estimate of a full-grown angelfish as there are many different varieties. So what is the average size of a full-grown angelfish?

Below is an angelfish size chart with several common types of freshwater angelfish and their average length. You should add 1 or 2 inches to establish the potential maximum height.

Angelfish Size Chart

Angelfish TypeAverage Length
Albino Angelfish5-7 Inches
Altum Angelfish5-7 Inches
Clown Angelfish5-7 Inches
Ghost Angelfish6-8 Inches
Zebra Angelfish8-12 Inches
Marble Angelfish6-8 Inches
Golden Marble Angelfish5-7 Inches
Veil Angelfish6-10 Inches
Leopard Angelfish6-8 Inches
Black Lace Angelfish10-14 Inches
Half Black Angelfish5-7 Inches
Black Angelfish5-7 Inches
Silver Angelfish5-7 Inches
Gold Angelfish5-7 Inches
Platinum Angelfish5-7 Inches
Smokey Angelfish6-8 Inches
Koi Angelfish5-7 Inches
Blushing Angelfish5-7 Inches
List Of Angelfish Species And Average Size When Full Grown

The sizes above are averages. Your angelfish may grow larger or smaller, depending on the species, variety, and sex.

Another essential point to note is that male angelfish tend to be slightly bigger than female angelfish. The difference in size is relatively small, sometimes only 0.5-1 inch.

How Fast Do Angelfish Grow

Angelfish generally reach most of their size potential within two years, though they may continue to grow slowly and put on some weight after that point.

The growth rate of angelfish varies depending on the species and its living conditions. Ultimately, many factors can affect an angelfish’s growth rate. For example, angelfish that are kept in a well-maintained tank with plenty of food and clean water will usually grow faster than those kept in less ideal conditions.

Angelfish Tank Size

One crucial factor that allows an angelfish to grow correctly is the tank size in which it lives. Many fish experience stunted growth when kept in a small tank, and angelfish are no exception.

A general rule of thumb for most freshwater angelfish is to use a tank no smaller than 20 gallons with an additional 10 gallons for each additional angelfish. This number can vary depending on the species, tank size, how many other fish are present, and how often the tank is cleaned.

Angelfish Tank Size
Angelfish tank size should be large enough to provide plenty of swimming space and their own territory.

Another important factor when choosing your angelfish tank is the depth. Angelfish are often taller than they are long, so a tall tank will be necessary for your angelfish to swim comfortably. A standard square or rectangular tank should be fine, giving your angelfish enough depth (minimum of 3-4 times your angelfish’s maximum projected height) and enough space to swim around.

A cramped fish tank can cause stress and make your angelfish aggressive toward other tank mates, which is very out of character as angelfish tend to be a generally peaceful fish species.

Juvenile angelfish are the most aggressive, especially when in season. Breeding angelfish are pretty territorial and need plenty of room to swim. If you have other community fish in the tank, they will need enough space to avoid confrontation, and you should provide plenty of hiding spots.

Angelfish Water Parameters

Using the right size tank for angelfish is essential, but so is the quality of the water. Like most fish, angelfish need clean and well-oxygenated water to grow and thrive. A stable tank temperature is also required to avoid stress.

It would help if you kept the water temperature within a specific range for your angelfish to thrive. You can find the ideal water conditions for your angelfish to experience the most natural growth in the table below.

Water ParameterValue
Temperature72°F-82°F (22°C-28°C)
pH Level6.8-8
Water Hardness4-12dGH
Minimum Tank Size20 Gallons
Optimal Water Parameters For Angelfish

Regular tank cleaning will also help your angelfish reach their maximum growth as it removes hormones from the water which can stunt growth, and it gives your angelfish a clean healthy environment to live.

What Do Angelfish Eat

So what do angelfish eat? A healthy balanced diet is probably the most important factor for your angelfish to achieve its full natural growth potential. Understanding what angelfish eat in their natural habitat of the Amazon river systems of South America and emulating this in your tank will provide the best and most natural diet.

In the wild, angelfish eat:

  • Small crustaceans such as shrimp and soft-shelled crabs.
  • Smaller fish.
  • Insects and insect larvae such as ants, water bugs, and spiders.
  • Plants such as algae, floating plants, and water lilies.

Angelfish enjoy a carnivorous diet but are omnivorous, eating a diet high in protein with a small amount of plant matter. You can emulate this diet by providing foods such as:

  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Blood worms
  • Brine Shrimp
  • Black worms
  • Small soft-shelled crabs
  • Insect larvae
  • Daphnia

All of the above can be given live, frozen, or freeze-dried, and if you have live plants within the tank, your angelfish will feed off the leaves or the decaying plant matter. Algae wafers are also a good source of food for angelfish.

Brine shrimp is a very popular, protein-rich food source, with Mysis shrimp and bloodworms a close second. A good quality flake food can also be used as a staple diet but should be supplemented with at least 2 of the live or frozen food sources listed above.

Brine Shrimp
Angelfish love to eat brine shrimp.

You will want to feed juvenile angelfish 3-4 times per day for the best health. Adult angelfish only require 1 or 2 feeds per day. I would also recommend fasting your angelfish for 1 or 2 days per week for a healthy digestive system.

I feed my angelfish Monday to Friday and won’t provide them with food over the weekend. This is true for all fish, so it will work fine in a community aquarium.

For more information, I wrote an article on what to feed angelfish, which you can read here: What Do Angelfish Eat (Everything you need to know).

Wrap Up

Hopefully, I have given you a good understanding of how big angelfish can get and have covered a variety of factors that can influence their growth.

Because there are many breeds of angelfish, it isn’t easy to give an exact size estimate when they are fully grown, so instead, I have included a helpful list of angelfish breeds and the average size they will likely reach.

Tank size is an essential factor in growth as a small tank can stunt an angelfish’s development, and the lack of exercise can also lead to health problems.

Finally, I covered the angelfish diet, one of the single most important factors affecting their growth potential.

All of the areas covered are pretty straightforward and self-explanatory, so if you are new to fish keeping, you will still get the best out of your angelfish.

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Jon O'Connell

I have kept both marine and freshwater fish and set up almost 100 aquariums. Happy to share my knowledge and experience to help others enjoy keeping healthy and happy fish.

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