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Old 03-14-2005, 01:52 PM   #1
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I bought a bi colored angel this weekend and I found it dead this morning. All of my water parameters and other fish are good so I am just assuming that it was the angel. Has anyone had similar experience with these fish? This was the first fish that I have had die in my tank so I am wondering if it was the fish and not me. Thanks!
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Old 03-14-2005, 02:07 PM   #2
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How did you acclimate?
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Old 03-14-2005, 04:13 PM   #3
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I used a method that others on this forum have recommended. Slowly adding a shot glass of water to the bag every 10 min. or so for an hour. He was doing well the first 2 days I had him in the tank. He was swimming and eating but when I woke up this morning he was on the bottom and the hermit crabs were eating him.
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Old 03-14-2005, 07:25 PM   #4
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I know Bi-color's aren't very hardy. Do you have any LR for it to graze on?
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Old 03-14-2005, 07:36 PM   #5
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I have about 50 lbs in my 75 gal tank. Maybe I should have done a little more research on the fish before I bought him. I found him at a lfs that I usually dont go to and he was only $19.99. Maybe this deal was too good to be true.
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Unfortunately some of these fish are cyanide collected. Not sure if that was the case here, but this accounts for many mysterious deaths.
I would suggest shopping around other LFS's and looking at the general health of their animals, ask them where they are collected from, see them eat before you bring them home, etc.
Good LFS's will allow you to put down a deposit to hold the fish for a week or so. This gives you a chance to really watch the fish's progression to captive life.
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I know Bi-color's aren't very hardy
This is also true for a young system. Maybe check out a more durable Centropyge like a coral beauty.
Just some food for thought.
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I was originally looking for a coral beuaty but this fish was less expensive and more colorful but now I think that I am going to stick with the more hardy coral beauty. Thanks
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Unfortunately some of these fish are cyanide collected.
WHAT!?!?! They use cyanide to collect fish??? You have got to be kidding me! That is cruel! Is that even lawful!?!?!?!
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Is that even lawful!?!?!?!
Unfortunately in some parts of the world it is.
Thats why many (myself included) tank raised fish when feasable.
Here is an article on the subject.
http://www.aquahobby.com/articles/e_selectfish.php
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Unfortunately, cyanide is still being used in the Phillipines and other parts of the country. The sad part is that most of the fish collected don't even make it to the lfs. The ones that do usually perish rather quickly. Even the hardy ones may last a month or two, then die mysteriously. It is outrageous to know how these speciments are captured so carelessly.
I am with QS when it comes to getting tank raised specimens, or if you have a lfs that specializes in sw fish they seem to be pretty good. It doesn't hurt to ask the manager of the lfs where his fish are imported from.
I have heard that Bi-color Angels are very challenging to keep, even for the most experienced levels.

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