02-28-2013, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
I came across the other thread on much the same issues, so I have merged the two threads together. It is always better to keep one issue in a single thread. It prevents other members from duplicating their efforts, plus we can all see what has been said, and in the end you will get a better answer.
To your question about the proposed fish additions: adding angelfish to a tank already containing angelfish is very risky, as you seem to realize. If one of the two existing fish is a male, he may regard any new fish as intruders. Sometimes this can work if the existing angels are taken out, the tank is completely re-aquascaped, and then all the angels are added together. But this is not always successful. If the existing fish are both female, it is less likely to be a problem. The size/age of the existing angelfish also is a factor. This is mentioned in the profile.
Bolivian Ram can work with angelfish, but you need a bonded pair. A single Bolivian is fine; or a bonded pair. Bonded means the two fish have chosen each other; careful observation of the fish in the store tank will usually reveal bonded pairs. Putting a male and female together if they have not bonded usually results in the female being harassed, frequently to her death.
As alwys Byron, your answer is very helpful and knowledgeable. We did end up getting 3 more angels. I will do as you suggest and remove the original 2, rescape and add all 5 together. They r all pretty young. I made sure to get the new ones the same size as the other.
We went with a school of 10 platys (3:1 f/m ratio). I know the angels will eat the platy fry and thats fine.
For the 30 gallon we went with 2 freshwater puffers and some mystery snails. We waited on the snails for the 75 gallon until we have introduced all the fish and they have something to really eat on.