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fantails 05-31-2012 03:24 PM

Docile angelfish tankmate
I have a koi angelfish and I had him in with my fancy goldfish and he loved it there. i was told that he can't go with gold fish so i put him by himself and now he does not want to do anything.

sidluckman 08-22-2012 11:12 PM

It was a wise decision to separate these fish regardless of what you now perceive to be sullen behavior. These two species are incompatable as far as water parameters and temperature. Angels like a calm planted tank, and goldfish are pretty boisterous cold water creatures that can take a lot more water movement, (especially if we are referring to the straight-tailed varieties like comets). You might not have had trouble between them , but it would have happened.

I can't see your fish, so I don't know if the words "he does not want to do anything" refers to a refusal to eat or swim normally, or if you simply imagine he is less active because he is no longer being shoved around by some goldfish.

If he eats and generally seems interested in movement around the tank, if there are no blemishes, red ulcerous areas, white spots, ragged fins or cottony patches on the body, eyes, or mouth, I would stop worrying and stop trying to anthropomorphize this creature and simply enjoy him for what he is: an elegant, stealthy, predator of small food items. Stillness is one of his strategies.

Byron 08-23-2012 11:44 AM

Agree. As for possible tankmates, this has to be carefully thought out. And first, what is the tank size where the angelfish now lives?


sidluckman 08-23-2012 12:28 PM

I agree with Byron, and should have asked myself about tank size. Angels get much bigger than most people think. As adults, they have a "wingspan" (vertical dimension) of eight or nine inches. This means that a tank less than 22-24 inches tall wil not accomodate them for the long term. A standard 45 or 55 is probably required. Treated well, they can live a long long time, which is pretty typical of large cichlid species.

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