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post #11 of 15 Old 12-13-2009, 11:09 AM
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I had a few angels exhibit this staying at the surface behavior... All that did have died. I attributed this to poor acclimation by me, shock, stress, whatever you want to call it. The angels that I have now (going on 2 months) were fine from the beginning, I took extra time acclimating them this time around and it seems to have worked. (all my parameters were in check the whole time). I have heard of people doing the drip for 3+ hours. Is this necessary? I do not know.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-13-2009, 05:29 PM
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I ended up losing the angelfish. Perhaps to an internal parasite. The other angelfish I bought with him is doing great. He is very active and seems very happy. I replaced the one that died with another angelfish, but he just isn't as active as the one I still have. He stays at the back of the tank a lot, but isn't getting picked on by any of its tankmates. The other angelfish is curious about him and is very friednly towards him. He will come out from the back of the tank when the other angelfish approaches him and they will swim together for a bit. Do you think perhaps I should get a third one for company? would that be better for the "shy" one? Any sugggestions from anyone would be appreciated.
I've raised Angels in the past,and they do prefer having a group effort going on! I say,get another Angel...but,maybe try a diff store and see how the newer Angel acts! Start to be a detective!

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I had a few angels exhibit this staying at the surface behavior... All that did have died. I attributed this to poor acclimation by me, shock, stress, whatever you want to call it. The angels that I have now (going on 2 months) were fine from the beginning, I took extra time acclimating them this time around and it seems to have worked. (all my parameters were in check the whole time). I have heard of people doing the drip for 3+ hours. Is this necessary? I do not know.
Hi! If you know the store that you get your fish from real well...as far as how they treat their fish,the fishes conditions,the tanks,etc.,you really don't need a dip,my opinion!I try not to buy fish that have just been acquired by the store...wait a few days to let the fish "destress"! Sometimes,TLS will put in some "post-traveling" meds,so don't buy them newly acquired! A descent store will tell you this anyway! But,remember,always quarantine the new fish in your "new fish" tank!There,you can really watch him for odd quirks! Good luck!

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post #14 of 15 Old 12-14-2009, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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I did the slow drip method with him for about an hourwhen I got him. I spent about an hour yesterday watching him. He was around the tank much more and his coloring looked better. He has black stripes that would fade a lot, but when I came near the tank he'd brighten up and his stripes would be a deep black. Yesterday he was swimming around throughout the tank more and his stripes were black the whole time. Can it really take 7-10 days for a fish to completely acclimate to its new surrounding? i'm goingto watch him more tonight. Do you think 3 Angel's would be better for everyone?
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post #15 of 15 Old 12-14-2009, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Byron and Merry Michael, if I get a 3rd Angel and two pair off, will I have to get rid of the 3rd? I am not interested in breeding but I know it might be inevitable with 3 in the tank as adults.
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