07-17-2012, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by allaboutfish
will a juvenile angel accept new juvenile angels? would the addition of a piece of driftwood while im releasing the new angels help?
This goes to the reason I was careful in choosing my words when I last posted.
Angelfish live in a group, and they interact socially within the group. Male angelfish are dominant, and within a group one male will be (or try to be) the "king," sort of like the game "King of the Hill" kids play [or did when I was young
]. Here it is king of the tank. The normal "large" home aquarium at 4 or 5 feet will be viewed as "his" territory by the dominant male. Other males may be tolerated if they are submissive, or they may be pursued relentlessly until they are dead. Individual fish on both sides of this can behave differently.
This is why we advise caution in adding new angelfish to an existing group. Sometimes changing the environment can work; a new tank, or a major re-aquascape of the tank, with all fish put in together. Depending how juvenile (young) the fish are, there may be no issues. This is something of an unknown.