This is a list of freshwater fish species that are generally peaceful and unlikely to nip the fins of your angels.
Elephant nose and the snake loaches tend to be good with angels. Clown loaches, (Botia macracantha), tend to nip angelfish fins and tails.
Peaceful loaches include:
Kuhli loach, Pangio kuhlii
Dojo or Weather loach Misgurnus anguillicaudatus
Dwarf chain loach Botia sidthimunki
Horse-faced loach Acantopsis choirorhynchus
Java loach Pangio oblonga
Myers loach Pangio myersi
Peppered loach Lepidocephalichthys guntea
Polka dot loach Botia kubotai
Red finned loach Yasuhikotakia lecontei
Skunk/Hora loach Yasuhikotakia morleti
Yo-yo loach Botia lohachata
Zebra loach Botia striata
Tetras too big to be angelfish lunch can be in a community angelfish tank. Some of these include:
Silver-tipped tetra Hasemania nana
Glowlight tetra Hemigrammus erythrozonus*
Blue tetra Coelurichthys microlepis
Bloodfin tetra Aphyocharax anisitsi
Red-eyed tetra Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae
Glass bloodfin or glass bloodfish Prionobrama filigera
Head-and-tail light tetra Hemigrammus ocellifer*
All rosy tetras of the Hyphessobrycon genus
*Any of the Hemigrammus tetras would be peaceful companions, but are small enough to be lunch.
Several species of Corydoras, plecos, and other catfish are generally compatible with angelfish. These include:
Peppered corydoras Corydoras paleatus
Skunk corydoras Corydoras arcuatus
Bronze corydoras Corydoras aeneus
Panda corydoras Corydoras panda
Banded corydoras Corydoras barbatus
Elegant corydoras Corydoras elegans
Spotted doradid Agamyxis pectinifrons
Spotted bristlenose Ancistrus dolichopterus
Pleco Hypostomus plecostomus
Varieties of the blue gourami are too
aggressive for angelfish. Some gouramis are acceptable.
Snakeskin gourami Trichogaster pectoralis
Dwarf Gourami Cloisa lalia
South American and West African Dwarf Cichlids
The West African dwarf cichlids aren’t aggressive like the African river cichlids. Some of them can be kept as angelfish tank mates. The blue ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) and Kribensisis Pelvicachromis pulcher, are common South American dwarf cichlids. These can be kept in a community tank, but they become aggressive when spawning. Keeping South American and West African cichlids in a community tank works best in a large, well planted aquarium.
Agassiszi’s dwarf cichlid Apistogramma agassizii*
African butterfly cichlid Anomalochromis thomasi
Cockatoo cichlid Apistogramma cacatuoides
Macmaster’s dwarf cichlid Apistogramma macmasteri
Panda dwarf cichlid Apistogramma nijsseni
Dwarf flag cichlid/Flag acara Laetacara curviceps
Blue ram Mikrogeophagus ramirezi
Nanochromis parilus Nanochromis parilus
Kribensisis, Pelvicachromis pulcher
*Members of the Apistogramma genus are generally tolerant of other species.
Platy Xiphophorus maculates
Bala shark Balantiocheilus melanopterus
Female Siamese fighting fish Betta splendens
Peacock goby Tateurndina ocellicauda
Choosing Compatible Fish for an Angelfish Tank
It’s not just temperament to keep in mind when deciding what fish to put with your angelfish. You also have to choose fish that can live and thrive in the same water conditions as angels. Livebearers, such as mollies (Poecilia), are peaceful, but these brackish water fish do better with some salt in their tank. Angelfish should not live in a salted tank. Also, this is a general list and individual fish may surprise you. Some individuals found on the aggressive fish list can be peaceful enough for angels, while some individuals on the peaceful fish list can have unusually aggressive temperaments.