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Looking for medium size angel fish
Old 03-06-2011, 11:09 PM   #11
 
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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!

Don't let them eat too much during this first day, leave the light off some, they also like brine shrimp and blood worms. Heck mine will eat about anything, mine are munching on my brand new plants at the moment. The key is keeping the water quality good and the stress low, quarter size is pretty good, they seem to deal with all the changes a little better. Let me know how they do....and don't give up!!
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:16 PM   #12
 
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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).

Just a thought running through my mind.....how are you acclimating from the petsmart to your med tank?? I also do a few water changes a week. I have a green glitter peruvian that went into med tank today. Was being picked on terribly by the others, he's not very energetic and has a visible shimmy. So we're hoping for the best....would really hate to lose him.
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:40 AM   #13
 
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I drip tank water into the new arrivals bag/bucket for an hour before putting them into the QT tank. Keep lights off for a day. Frequent water changes, remove extra food.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:41 PM   #14
 
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I drip tank water into the new arrivals bag/bucket for an hour before putting them into the QT tank. Keep lights off for a day. Frequent water changes, remove extra food.

sounds just right. How are your new little guys doing? I hope it works out for you this time.
My little green glitter didn't make it....guess he was picked on just a little too much.
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:14 PM   #15
 
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So far (day 4) doing well. I picked up a couple more of nickle-sized angels (nice looking veils) at Petco on Tuesday. I don't think my wife will let me go to a pet store unattended anymore... I moved all the angels (5 now) to my 55g planted tank. I do have an ick problem now, cross-contaminated from my QT tank. Since I'm treating everything anyway it was a good time to move fish around. The angels seem much happier in the planted tank. Treating with coppersafe, so far no plant losses, everyone feeding well. Had some signs of fin rot on the 1st angels I purchased - hard to see it in the QT tank, very evident when they got into my planted tank. Treating that also. Other than purchasing "new" medication from PetSmart that expired in 2009 (!), looks like these angels might make it. Locally, looks like Petco +5, Petsmart -12, at least for Angelfish. Other fishes from my local Petsmart were fine.

Sorry for your fish loss!
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:26 PM   #16
 
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So far (day 4) doing well. I picked up a couple more of nickle-sized angels (nice looking veils) at Petco on Tuesday. I don't think my wife will let me go to a pet store unattended anymore... I moved all the angels (5 now) to my 55g planted tank. I do have an ick problem now, cross-contaminated from my QT tank. Since I'm treating everything anyway it was a good time to move fish around. The angels seem much happier in the planted tank. Treating with coppersafe, so far no plant losses, everyone feeding well. Had some signs of fin rot on the 1st angels I purchased - hard to see it in the QT tank, very evident when they got into my planted tank. Treating that also. Other than purchasing "new" medication from PetSmart that expired in 2009 (!), looks like these angels might make it. Locally, looks like Petco +5, Petsmart -12, at least for Angelfish. Other fishes from my local Petsmart were fine.

Sorry for your fish loss!
Thanks. Little guys can just be vicious! My husband capped my fishie spending also. I am sorry you are having such challenges with getting these little guys settled! Hopefully all is better now.
My fishies ADORE my tank since I planted it... A little envious of your 55 though, I can't wait to upgrade. I am already planning for it, have several little guys picked out on line. Hubby says this hobby is getting expensive. Lol...
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:32 AM   #17
 
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"A boat is a hole in the water you throw money into."
"An aquarium is a hole containing water you throw money into."
I think I read that somewhere on this forum!

My largest tank before the 55g was a 29g over 17 years prior. I wish I could have afforded an even larger tank now - would give more front-to-back depth for planting. So far, my angels are thriving!
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:48 PM   #18
 
That is so true, but such a nice way to relax!! My tank is a 20....and a 10 I haveplans for cherry shrimp. I want bigger so bad!! I am very new to planting, and kind of stumbling my way through it. I don't know if my substrate is deep enough. They don't look half bad though.
Glad Your little guys are doing so good!!
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:02 PM   #19
 
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I do find the tank very relaxing. While our angels are doing well, I wonder if Cassandra90 ever found a true "medium" angel for her tank? I think we've gotten this thread off topic! If mine keep eating like they are, they'll be medium-size in no time!

Regarding fish in general, have you had any with fin-rot? I have it under control, but wondered how long it may take for their pectoral fins to heal up? Also, at what age are angels @ their full-size?. I'm estimating mine are between 3-6 months. I know it varies with food and water quality. Largest is about a quarter, others are about nickle-size now. I may start a new thread with these questions if I can't find it on a previous post somewhere here.
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:29 PM   #20
 
We did get off topic!

I have not dealt with fin rot, thank the fishie gods!!.....but I have done some reading, several 25% water changes weekly, and time, it could take a while for them to grow back.
Angel's are mature between 6-10 months old, but size is ever changing . Good tank size, diet, water quality, light....I have read that they can live between 10-15 yrs, and 6 and 8 inch's can be achieved.
I bought my first one in January and he was dime to nickel size, and he is a little bigger than a half dollar now. I look forward to watching them grow!!
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