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Old 03-31-2014, 05:33 AM   #1
 
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Angels Gasping

Hey,
Yesterday I traded half of my guppies and most of my adult bristlenose for a male bristlenose and 4 angelfish.
So now my stocking levels look something like this:
18-20 guppies - most are babies
trio of bristlenoses - One large male (15cm) and two borderline adult females
3 kuhlis
A clown
A platy
A buenos aires tetra
4 angels (2 are 2.5cm long, other 2 are 2 cm - both excluding finnage)
When I added them to the tank - unfortunately, I don't have a ISO however the fish seemed healthy at the store - they swam in a swam and settled down. However I noticed a few hours on they were still breathing heavily but thought nothing of it as all the other fish look fine.
However today when I came home from school they still breathing heavily and got a bit worried. For me, they look like they having slightly bloated bellies.
Just did I water test:
pH: 6.5
temp: 25/26C (77/78F)
Hardness: 200ppm
Ammonia: 0
Nitrate: 0
Nitrite: 10
I do a 10% water change each week on the weekend.
I did see the angels eat some of the tiny baby guppies. So maybe they just overindulged on the babies? I have added some lettuce and some peas as I heard it has helped with the bloating.
I also have a airstone and a filter with a spray bar return - was before just underwater, now is above and micro bubbles are floating around the water column. So I do feel that enough oxygen is present for the fish.
The guppies, platy, tetra, loaches and bristlenoses seem fine, just my new angels...
Or do angels normally have a bit of a stomach and I am just overreacting? I haven't seen their poo yet, but will be looking out for their poo - or when they are pooping..
Thanks guys!
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:18 AM   #2
 
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Actually I think nitrite is 0 and nitrate is 10.
The two smaller ones are fine and aren't bloated, however the two bigger angels are, which makes me believe that they ate a few baby guppies...
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:13 AM   #3
 
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I think it because they were new, they now breathing fine and looking kind of bloated still, but not as bad as before.. False alarm!
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:02 PM   #4
 
Yeah righto mate sorry I didnt see your post until now, Im no expert on angels (though they are a cichlid, so are predatory), but it sounds a bit like my tandanus tandanus catfish mate when he eats he goes and rests for a while and breathes heavily. cheers mate
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:14 PM   #5
 
Could of been a bit of a few things, do you know what their ph was at from the previous tank? If they went from a bit higher to your 6.5, could of been just adjustment to a new tank. Just watch the feeding and keep an eye on their movements.
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Old 04-09-2014, 03:16 AM   #6
 
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Well, they still alive and their rays are getting longer on their fins, so it is a good sign that water quality it right - right?
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Sounds like a good sign
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:53 AM   #8
 
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haha good!
I think I was mothering them a bit too much... Probably because I found out that my parents never could keep angels alive in there for long. However, I think the reason behind that is they never did water changes, different stocking levels and different tank mates might of affected them...
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Jeez, no water changes! thats one of the 10 commandments of fish keeping! At least urs have a great home by the sounds of it.
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Old 04-16-2014, 04:26 AM   #10
 
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Jeez, no water changes! thats one of the 10 commandments of fish keeping! At least urs have a great home by the sounds of it.
Thanks. However, we were going off the LFS advise, however since I took over the tank, things are running a bit differently! Even though my parents won't admit it, the fish/tank looks 10 times better when I looked after them to how they were looking after them before!
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