Angelfish Being Aggressive.....separation Help Needed!
Posted 12 November 2013 - 07:13 PM
I bought 2 angelfish as babies hoping they'd get along, but that's now obvious that's not going to happen as one keeps chasing/nipping the other and making them hide behind the rock in the corner of the tank.
It's obvious I'm going to have to separate them, and as I can't afford a second tank, I'm going to have to give one away or back to my LFS. But which one do I keep? Is it better to keep the more aggressive one or give that one away?
Thanks in advanced for any advice!
Posted 12 November 2013 - 07:15 PM
What size is the tank, and what age and size are the angels now?
Posted 12 November 2013 - 08:53 PM
I don't think it matters which one you keep as long as you don't get another angel for the same tank.
Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:09 PM
Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:24 PM
keep the most active one for a better chance of survival. but it depends on interference of which one you like better. colour, size, aggression towards you.. etc etc.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:57 AM
Anyway, if you want to give it a shot.
Put both together in a large bucket of tank water and cover it so they are in the dark- make sure to maintain temp.
While they are in there, do a large water change and completely rearrange as much of the tank decor as possible. Make sure there are good hiding spots, but always with two openings. In other words, an entrance and an exit- you don't want one angel to be able to trap or corner the other.
When you finish, leave the bully in the bucket and return the other to the tank. Feed it a little something. After an hour or so, put the other one back and feed them both. See what happens.
Sometimes you need to repeat this a couple times before they settle. Sometimes it doesn't work at all.
Are breeding tubes showing on either and/or is either cleaning a spawning surface?
Posted 13 November 2013 - 03:10 AM
Also, how long has the bullying been going on? If it's fairly recent it doesn't necessarily even mean they are incompatible, just that one could be maturing a bit sooner and the other is clueless so it just wants out. They could be two males, two females, or a pair- until they are old enough to act right even they probably can't tell.
Edited by SarahR, 13 November 2013 - 03:38 AM.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 04:25 AM
Posted 13 November 2013 - 08:24 PM
It's been happening on and off for about 3 weeks. Whenever I feed them, it's almost non existent as they both eating together in close proximity, and then as soon as the food has been eaten it starts again.
I'm embarrassed to say that I know nothing of their background, all I know is that they were sold to me as 'koi angelfish' (I don't even know if they are male/female so I'll attempt to attach a couple of photos and if anyone can sex them for me that would be a plus! I've been calling them Betty and Bertie I may be wrong!)
I don't know how to attach photos, so I've linked them,
This is Betty - the bully (you can just about see Bertie hiding behind the rock in background)
And this one is Bertie - Photo was taken as food was in tank - hence why he's not hiding!
They aren't the best photos, taken on my iPhone!
Thanks for your advice, I have a day off on Friday so I'll put your plan into action, fingers crossed!
Edited by icecoolkitten, 13 November 2013 - 08:24 PM.
Posted 14 November 2013 - 06:28 PM
Watch them for really dangerous type fighting, such as aiming for the eyes or one actually pinned on it's side not trying to escape anymore. Locking jaws is a normal behavior, and usually indicates they are trying to pair up. As I mentioned, if you rearrange the tank into two distinct territories separated by a partial visual boundary, they frequently calm down considerably.
Best of luck!
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