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post #1 of 23 Old 02-28-2011, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for medium size angel fish

I have been looking for months for a place that sells medium size angel fish, every where I go carries really small ones which would never make it in my tank.

I have only 1 angel fish since his partner passed a few months ago from unknown illness.
I really love the fish and I know they should be kept in groups.

So does any one know of any sites that I can trust to buy and ship medium size angel fish, or know of some one on this site that sells?


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post #2 of 23 Old 03-01-2011, 12:21 PM
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I have the same problem locally. I have been looking on aquabid (like ebay for fish) and some folks here recommended a couple of angelfish-specific vendors, I think one was angelfish.com.
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post #3 of 23 Old 03-01-2011, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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I'll take a look at the site.

I found a local aquarium that sells angel fish that would be the right size but they are asking $25.00 just for one. I think that is too much for them when I can probably find online for cheaper.

Oh I looked on aquabid.com too. They always sell the dime size ones.

Well if you come across anything else could you please let me know? And I'll do the same for you.


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post #4 of 23 Old 03-01-2011, 12:38 PM
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Thanks. The on-line folks cost asignificant $$ in shipping. $25 for LFS medium, especially if they have any kind of survival guarantee, may not be bad. Including shipping, some on-line are really costly per fish, although of very high quality according to forum members.
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post #5 of 23 Old 03-01-2011, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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That is true, I never really thought of shipping.

I will have to look into it to see which is better just cough out the $25 or see if online with shipping is better price.


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post #6 of 23 Old 03-05-2011, 11:27 AM
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You might actually be better getting very small fish. Angels that are larger and that have been in a tank for some time tend to view the tank as their private domain. If other angels have always been with them, the pecking order within the group will have established itself [except in the case where a dominant fish decides he will not tolerate others period]. But adding similar sized angels to one existing angel is a real risk. With very small fish, the adult might be inclined to tolerate them.

Perhaps someone who has tried this can comment. I have not, so this is just an opinion, but one I would myself try if in this scenario.

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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 you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re 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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As of this week, I have been unable to keep any angelfish from the local Petsmart alive for more than a week. Four groups of three, over a 1.5 month period all died in the quarantine tank. Other fishes run through the same QT survived and are doing well, but zero angelfish! Some ate, some never ate, and over a 2-7 day period they died one-by-one, finally tried precautionary dosing of copper sulfate in the QT tank. To date, no angels at all...

Use to run a tank setup/maintenance service while in high school, bought fish wholesale, and never had a problem with angels before. VERY frustrating...
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As of this week, I have been unable to keep any angelfish from the local Petsmart alive for more than a week. Four groups of three, over a 1.5 month period all died in the quarantine tank. Other fishes run through the same QT survived and are doing well, but zero angelfish! Some ate, some never ate, and over a 2-7 day period they died one-by-one, finally tried precautionary dosing of copper sulfate in the QT tank. To date, no angels at all...

Use to run a tank setup/maintenance service while in high school, bought fish wholesale, and never had a problem with angels before. VERY frustrating...

I just set up my first angel tank, and I had trouble with multiples as well. I finally added one at a time, this last purchase added 2. used a table spoon of aquarium salt every water change, and gave them a place to hide,( large plant against the side wall) so they got to feeling safe, and kept the size fairly close to the others, so far no casualties.

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After swearing off the angelfish 5 days ago, I found three quarter-size angelfish @ my local Petco today. These are about 2-3X the size of the ones that died from Petsmart and these were $4.59/ea. I brought them home to the QT tank. Let them out and they started feeding vigorously this evening on some freeze-dried tubifex worms. I treated the tank with Coppersafe due to a spot on one's fins. I'm also going to feed them some excess fry from my kids guppy tank. If that doesn't work...at least Petco has a 30-day guarantee!
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I just set up my first angel tank, and I had trouble with multiples as well. I finally added one at a time, this last purchase added 2. used a table spoon of aquarium salt every water change, and gave them a place to hide,( large plant against the side wall) so they got to feeling safe, and kept the size fairly close to the others, so far no casualties.

Hope it keeps working for you!! I even tried introducing some of the small ones from Petsmart directly into my established planted tank - they still died over a weeks time. I just hope I didn't re-introduce ick to my large tank with my impatience (I did give a very short quarantine, 4-day period, in a medicated tank).
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