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post #11 of 20 Old 07-25-2011, 11:29 AM
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Nice looking angelfish no wonder you did not want to rehome it. Looks like my nickel size one I got but much bigger.
I noticed that you used the aquarium as a room divider. You can use velcro tabs on the top edge of the aquarium to hide the cords along the edge so that it does not show along the seams. I like the idea as a room divider as interest to the room.

If it is not a divider can't really tell you should put a black background to show off your plants and fish better. Plastic table cloth at a party supply works well on a budget. I used black contact paper.

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post #12 of 20 Old 07-26-2011, 10:32 AM
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I would also add more "stuff" to the tank. Before you get more angels. Branches that reach close to the top, chunks of wood that are vertical, tall plants (stem plants are good for this). Angels are naturally shy, retiring fish, and the more "cover" they have, the less stressed they will be. And definitely floating plants, lots of floating plants to reduce the light. A dark background would also help, though I realize this tank is in the room, but if you can this is helpful.

Given the size of your existing angel (he is lovely) I wold try to find another 3-4 very close in size. Adding them together, with the branches/plants, might work to prevent bullying. And the group would be happier.

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post #13 of 20 Old 07-26-2011, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
Thanks for the advice Byron. I went yesterday and got a few more plants and added them in. I have two pieces of driftwood soaking to get some tannins out. I figured I would add them when I add the new angelfish on thursday. Ive been looking for some floating plants, but cant find them at my lfs. any suggestions on what kind to get and where to get them?
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post #14 of 20 Old 07-26-2011, 10:47 AM
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Thanks for the advice Byron. I went yesterday and got a few more plants and added them in. I have two pieces of driftwood soaking to get some tannins out. I figured I would add them when I add the new angelfish on thursday. Ive been looking for some floating plants, but cant find them at my lfs. any suggestions on what kind to get and where to get them?
That's a good idea to add the wood at the same time as the new fish. It creates a new environment for the existing angel, less likely to cause problems. Let's hope anyway.

Ideal floating plant is Water Sprite if you can find it. Second to this I prefer Brazilian Pennywort, a stem plant that grows beautifully if allowed to float. Check the profiles for info and photos. Other stem plants can also work, Wisteria sometimes, and Cabomba.

Are you using any fertilizer for the plants?

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post #15 of 20 Old 07-26-2011, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
i just added cobomba in yesterday. I havent been using any fertilizers, in my other 55 the plants have all exploded without them. i would like to try them if theres any suggestions on that.
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post #16 of 20 Old 07-26-2011, 11:01 AM
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I use Flourish Comprehensive which has worked well for me I usually dose once a week.
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post #17 of 20 Old 07-26-2011, 11:14 AM
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Yes, I recommend Flourish Comprehensive Supplement.

Nutrients occur from several sources, primarily organics from fish waste, fish food, snails and bacteria. Also in tap water, replenished at each water change. So every aquarium can be different in this respect due to the fish (type, number), foods added, etc. I have very soft tap water, no mineral at all, so I need Flourish Comp.

Floating plants have the advantage of assimilating CO2 from the air rather than the water. And as they are up under the light, it is brighter. That just leaves the minerals which they assimilate via roots from the water column. A dose of Flourish Comp once a week will probably be all you need.

Make sure you get the Flourish Comprehensive, they make several products under the "Flourish" name.

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post #18 of 20 Old 08-05-2011, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
A little update on my angelfish. Last week I added a school of rosy tetras, to have something else in the tank when I decided to add the new angels. I couldnt find any floating plants around here, so I moved this plant I have that weve always called an onion plant from my other tank. the leaves reach the top of the tank and float across it, covering almost the entire top. I added more plants, cabomba and amazon sword, and was moving everything around every couple of days. Last night I went to get the new angelfish, I bought five that were the size of a quarter. I fed the large one and turned out the lights. When I first added the new ones there was a little bit of displays of aggression, but not much. Woke up this morning and all six of the angelfish(the large one and 5 small ones) are all swimming together, seemingly peaceful. Thanks for the advice on here, if you guys can think of anything else i can do for my angelfish let me know.
Also, I know with the 6 tetras last week and five angelfish this week Im aware thats alot of fish to add in such a short time. I plan on monitoring the water, using ammolock if i have to, and lots of water changes. that should work right?
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post #19 of 20 Old 08-05-2011, 12:52 PM
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Very pretty angelfish you have there. Glad to hear the new angels are doing well. I also had good luck with adding smaller (quarter sized) angels to my existing full grown 4 year old female angel. So each case may be different but it can be done.

I've used Anacharis as a floating plant. It's usually easy to find and cheap.

I think we need to see some updated pics.

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post #20 of 20 Old 08-05-2011, 01:28 PM
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A little update on my angelfish. Last week I added a school of rosy tetras, to have something else in the tank when I decided to add the new angels. I couldnt find any floating plants around here, so I moved this plant I have that weve always called an onion plant from my other tank. the leaves reach the top of the tank and float across it, covering almost the entire top. I added more plants, cabomba and amazon sword, and was moving everything around every couple of days. Last night I went to get the new angelfish, I bought five that were the size of a quarter. I fed the large one and turned out the lights. When I first added the new ones there was a little bit of displays of aggression, but not much. Woke up this morning and all six of the angelfish(the large one and 5 small ones) are all swimming together, seemingly peaceful. Thanks for the advice on here, if you guys can think of anything else i can do for my angelfish let me know.
Also, I know with the 6 tetras last week and five angelfish this week Im aware thats alot of fish to add in such a short time. I plan on monitoring the water, using ammolock if i have to, and lots of water changes. that should work right?
Sounds good. With plants you won't have an ammonia issue.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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