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happypappy 10-06-2013 08:43 PM

Mature Angel sudden dealth?
I have inherited a 75 gal freshwater tank with a pair of breeding angelfish. I fed the tank as usual this morning: omega flakes and shrimp pellets. The tank inhabitants, bristlenose pleco; red cories, neons, 7 turquise rainbows and a pair of german rams, and the pair of angels, are all healty and doing well. When I returned home 5 hours after feeding the male angel was on the bottom dead. No signs of anything.

The tank has been stable since August and the plants are doing very well. Chemical parameters are all within safe ranges. All other inhabitants seem fine tonight.

My only thought is he may have "choked " on a shrimp pellet????? I am truly at a loss of what may have happened.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what may have happened to him?

djembekah 10-07-2013 08:23 PM

my female angel died out of nowhere after having her about 8 months. since my pair was also previously owned and not well cared for, i assumed age and previous care was factored into it. this could very well have been your case as well.

happypappy 10-08-2013 08:16 AM

I spoke with my "fish guy" at my local fish store and he said it was very unusual but that he probably "choked" on food. Especially since he was healthy before eating. I had fed Omega shrimp pellets for my cories ------- won't do that again!!

FishyFishy89 10-09-2013 01:24 AM

I avoid any pellets or wafers with my angels. Due to their piggy nature, they gobble everything up, get REALLY fat and my bottom feeders get nothing. Once a week, I put in a few slices of cucumber, zucchini or squash weighted down with a fork. The angels get some and so do my bottom feeders. It's usually finished in a few days.

FishyFishy89 10-09-2013 01:31 AM

Here's a picture of one of the little piggys trying to steal the wafer from my loach back when they were tiny babies. Can see how fat he was. Little piggys they are...

djembekah 10-09-2013 01:34 AM

My angels never had a problem with shrimp pellets. So idk.
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happypappy 10-09-2013 12:37 PM

So do you use raw veggies?? or do you blanch them first?? After losing my angel like that, I am very hesitant to use pellets again!

FishyFishy89 10-09-2013 01:07 PM

Just take a slice or selected veggie(like lettuce, snap beans, carrots etc), attach it to a fork and let it sink to the bottom of the tank. Some aquarists remove the seeds and some don't bother with the seeds. As you can see, I don't bother with them, my fish nibble at them and my snails bring them down under the sand.

happypappy 10-10-2013 07:39 AM

Thanks for the info --- I am going to try this. I am definitely leaving off pellets from these guys!

happypappy 10-14-2013 11:34 AM

So I tried the Zuchinni -- Did not touch it for a day. The plecos were on it day 2. I was going to remove it on Day 3 and found nothing but the fork! Cannot believe they ate the whole thine!!!!!

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