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post #1 of 3 Old 10-20-2011, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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New angelfish seem stressed



I hope I am worrying about nothing but wanted to get some advice from others...

I have inherited a 40 gallon tank which has been fully cycled for about 1.5 years. It is well planted with a sand substrate and has 2 filters running. pH 7, ammonia 0, nitirite 0, nitrate 30, KH 8, temp: 80.

Yesterday I added 6 juvenile angelfish - their body size is about 5 cm top to bottom, excluding fins - which are all brothers/sisters from the same brood. Other tank inhabitants are a pair of 6 cm Bolivian Rams and a pair of 4 cm Dwarf Flag Cichlids (Laetacara Curviceps).

Since I added the angelfish, they have seemed fairly stressed and spend a lot of time hiding between the plants or behind the driftwood although they did come out to eat bloodworm and brine shrimp last night. I have also noticed that they are sometimes clamping their dorsal fins although there have also been periods of time when I have seen them with their fins nicely spread.

Is it normal for them to be quite stressed for the first few days and should I be worried about their dorsal fins?

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-20-2011, 03:01 PM
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I've never kept angelfish before, but all my fish clamp their dorsal fins (when I first bring them home, or when I do a water change- they hate water changes). I think they do that when they're stressed, so don't worry about it. It's a good thing to look out for in the future, though :)

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post #3 of 3 Old 10-22-2011, 01:34 PM
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I concur. They should settle, esp if there are plants and wood to give them a feeling of security.

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