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post #1 of 6 Old 10-30-2010, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone I got a small angelfish and it seems that the larger one is always chasing it, i have googled it and its telling me that the bigger one is showing dominence. My question is should i be worried about it as the smaller one is stuck in the corner and hiding, if this is the case i will take the big one back to the store and get another smaller one.

Hopefully someone can give me helpful advice.
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-30-2010, 01:20 PM
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Hi Everyone I got a small angelfish and it seems that the larger one is always chasing it, i have googled it and its telling me that the bigger one is showing dominence. My question is should i be worried about it as the smaller one is stuck in the corner and hiding, if this is the case i will take the big one back to the store and get another smaller one.

Hopefully someone can give me helpful advice.

As long as I know there will be one domiantor always no matter what. 2 tigers cant live in one jungle.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-30-2010, 06:03 PM
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You don't mention the tank size. If you check the information in our fish profiles (second tab from the left in the blue bar at the top, or click on the shaded name in posts) you will see the angelfish attains 6 inches in length, is a shoaling fish that should be in a group of 5+ and thus needs a 55g or larger tank. The normal aggression of dominant males is less likely to isolate a submissive fish in a group. With only two and this behaviour, the second will not last long. The same will happen with two smaller fish, one will become dominant in time unless they happen to be a pair.

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Byron Thanks my tanks is 30 gallons (110 liter), we have a small angel which is the size of a cdn quarter and the big angel cdn toonie. there is also 4 glass fish and 4 tiger barb. But we have seperated the big angel as its always after the small one, so we are taking it back with some tiger barb and red tail shark...

Wife wants more calmer and not aggressive types. Any Thoughts?
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Dwarf gouramis are nice? very colourful!

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Byron Thanks my tanks is 30 gallons (110 liter), we have a small angel which is the size of a cdn quarter and the big angel cdn toonie. there is also 4 glass fish and 4 tiger barb. But we have seperated the big angel as its always after the small one, so we are taking it back with some tiger barb and red tail shark...

Wife wants more calmer and not aggressive types. Any Thoughts?
I would not recommend angels in a 30g, unless it is a brteeding pair, but that I suspect is not what you are after. I agree with returning the Tigers and shark, neither fish is really suited to a 30 except alone; a group of 8-10 Tigers with one shark in a 30g is a fine display, but that's it. The Tiger's natural aggression is sometimes limited with a larger group, as it notes in our profile of this fish.

Before suggesting fish, it would help to know the sort of display you'd like. In a 30g you have some nice options. A tank of all smallish fish means more of them so lots of colour and activity. Or a tank with a pair of something not too large, such as one of the common gourami (only as a pair), or a dwarf cichlid; with some shoaling fish that are compatible. Water parameters affect all this too, so that's something else we need to know (hardness and pH out of the tap).

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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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 youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre 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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