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post #11 of 24 Old 08-13-2011, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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It is a sucker mouth.

Also, the little cave I found the dead angelfish in was the one the Algea Eater spends most of his time in - this is starting to make sence now.

Though, if the Algae Eater was attacking fish, wouldn't they have some kind of marks on them?
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post #12 of 24 Old 08-14-2011, 08:54 AM
sometimes stress alone will kill a fish some marks maybe too shallow or small to be seen by the naked eye

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post #13 of 24 Old 08-14-2011, 01:14 PM
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Check our fish profiles, the Chinese Algae Eater is included, click the shaded name. This is a fish I wouldnot have in a community tank, it can be quite nasty, as noted in the profile. And kitten is right, "stress" can kill fish with no visible signs except those you have observed. In the confines of an aquarium, fish cannot escape aggression which may be physical but often is simply chemical. The bullied fish "feels" aggression chemically or instinctively, and this weakens the immune system.

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I think it must of been the algae eater. I have a hard time thinking they died from stress.

Is it possible to give the Chinese Algae Eater back to petsmart, would they accept it?
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post #15 of 24 Old 08-14-2011, 03:27 PM
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I think it must of been the algae eater. I have a hard time thinking they died from stress.

Is it possible to give the Chinese Algae Eater back to petsmart, would they accept it?
You'll have to ask them, I've no idea what their policy is.

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post #16 of 24 Old 08-15-2011, 01:42 PM
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I had 2 Angelfish in my "river tank" and thought everything was fine, then I started to notice fins being ragged only slightly then a few weeks later noticed actual chunks being taken out of one and also on another fish, never actually saw the fighting though just general chasing hear and there. Angelfish can be very aggressive when no one is looking...lol. I finally decided it was to much for just the 2 to stay together so after QT the hurt one I added 3 baby angels to the 2 I already had and I have not since found any fins being nipped or wound marks. Fish can still get stressed out and just get chased to death to the point they die (I honestly think they can have heart attacks to) or get caught trying to get away like it sounds your might have done. Usually if one dies from a parasite or disease it will start to show in the other fish, but since you don't have any other fish sick, there's a good chance it was aggression, especially if you didn't buy them as a matted pair, I would assume they might both be males, very hard to tell the difference depending on the angelfish species you purchased.
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post #17 of 24 Old 08-15-2011, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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The Angelfish were together over a year now though, and with no ripped fins or other signs.

If petsmart doesn't take the Chinese Algae Eater back, anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do with the algae eater? I have no idea.

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post #18 of 24 Old 08-15-2011, 03:41 PM
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any friends with tanks want it ?

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #19 of 24 Old 08-16-2011, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately no, not after hearing why I am giving him away.
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post #20 of 24 Old 08-17-2011, 12:24 AM
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If petsmart does not take it back you could try listing him on craigslist.
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