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jsm11482 07-04-2012 01:51 PM

Two Angels Doing Poorly After Moving Tanks
I moved two of my 5 angels from their 55g heavily planted home to a 30g tank. I hoped to breed them as they were laying eggs in the 55g but they were just getting eaten by someone else.

Now, one seems to be holding on okay, the other not so well. They are now back in their "home" tank.

Here is the sequence of events:
  • Fish laid eggs and they disappeared (per usual) the next day.
  • I setup a 30g tank with an existing filter, no substrate - just filter and heater and a piece of PVC tubing I hoped they would lay their eggs on.
  • Fish seemed okay at first. I added some additional, new filter pad to the waterfall filter.
  • Noticed fish seemed stressed out; red around the pectoral fins and a thing red line along the back of the dorsal fin.
  • Immediately removed PVC pipe and removed some water to allow the filter to "splash" on the surface in hopes of creating more aeration. Also added aquarium salt.
  • Woke up to find one fish floating at the top, alive, but not well at all. Immediately moved her to a 5g bucket with fresh water and added an air stone for aeration. Also moved the other fish.
  • The female (sickest one) seemed to try to move around more but could not maintain control.
  • Waited a few hours and decided I need to do something. Pretty sure they aren't "sick," just stressed and probably tired out. So I moved them back to their "home" tank in hopes that the familiar environment would relax them.
  • Currently they are at least upright but still have some red around their pectoral fins. I turned the lights off in the tank in hopes of keeping the other fish from bothering them.

So, now what? What did I do wrong and what should I do now? I've been keeping fish actively for 7 years and just now wanted to get into breeding these two. Maybe it was a bad idea! :-?

aussieJJDude 07-04-2012 10:57 PM

I think they were scared. next time add some water, gravel, filter wool/whatever from the old tank; remember to cycle the tank!
(maybe add some plants and decor to make them fill at home).
Please don't give up!

jsm11482 07-05-2012 12:50 PM

The female was dead this morning when I checked but the male seems to be doing better. I hope he hangs on, at least...

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