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Skuttlejumper 08-13-2012 10:19 PM

Successful suicidal angelfish :(
I had a silver angelfish for about 4 weeks, everything was fine. Then all of a sudden 3 days ago I noticed he was invading the territory of a dwarf gourami on purpose, and when the gourami chased him out he just tilted to the side and let the gourami peck at him. It's so strange because he was doing it on purpose. He just kept antagonizing the other fish to peck at him, then I left today for about a half hr, came home and he was dead at the bottom of the tank, before I left he was alive and well just swimming as usual. I'm concerned because I have 2 other angels in my tank and I'm confused as to what could have caused such strange behavior. He also seemed bloated starting 3 days ago, has anyone ever witnessed this behavior before?

Water prm: no ammonia , no nitrites, nitrates are good, ph is 7.8
tank mates: 2 other angels, similar size and color, 2 dwarf gouramis, 8 danios, 8 serpae tetras, and 4 botia (polkadot) loaches

AQ size: 100 gallon (long)

It's a young tank, 2 months old, used filter media from one of my other tanks to cycle the tank fish-in and all has been peaceful and harmonic in this tank up until now =\

I am baffled :(

Mt gouramis occasionally chase other fishies out of their space and they leave and thats the end of it, this angel was literally going up to both gouramis throughout the past 3 days and then tilting to one side or even upwards so the gourami would peck him, my other gourami jsut avoided him and left, but I think he got bullied to death, but... on purpose? why! He used to run if a gourami chased him away

Blackfeet 08-14-2012 09:18 PM

Angels are fin nippers and not really good tank mates for guarmis or any other fish with big fancy fins. They should really be housed with fast fish who can get away from the agels before harm. The guarmi is also fairly aggressive

Skuttlejumper 08-14-2012 09:55 PM

Yeah I realize that, I've been caring for fish for about 10 years so I know most of the do's and don'ts, I've kept gouramis and angels together many times successfully over the years in large tanks, and always keep a close eye on my critters, ive had many trials and errors with these and i'm familiar with their normal behaviors and what not, but i've never experienced an angel acting this way which was my question, not so much who to house with who I know all that, my serpaes are only temporary as I'm holding them for someone, my angels and dwarf gouramis get along great for the most part. Thank you very much for your reply I appreciate it.

I'd still like to know if anyone has ever had an angel act this way... thanks in advance to anyone.

Blackfeet 08-15-2012 07:32 PM

Then in that case not a clue. Congrats and complements on making normally non-cohabitators cohabitate in peace eitherway.

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