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Old 12-05-2009, 02:42 PM   #1
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Emerald Crab Eating Imperator Angel

I've got a 55 gal setup with two clowns, an assortment of snails, one hermit crab and two emerald crabs. I recently finished quarantining a small imperator angel and added him to my display tank. That was about a week ago. He seemed to be doing fine, grazing on the rocks, was not fighting with the clowns (even when going by their territory). A day ago when I turned my lights on in my tank I saw that the back of the imperator angel was nipped at and almost looked like something had feasted on its back end. It was literally chewed to its back bone. I naturally assumed that it was my clowns that got aggressive with it. I watched it throughout the day and while it stayed in hiding for most of the day, it did come out occasionally. When it was out it was near the clowns and I saw no aggression whatsoever. This morning I woke up and was looking for my angel and found him pinned down on a rock by my biggest emerald and he was just casually picking away at the backbone of my angel! I scared him away but the angel was done for. Have you guys seen this before? I was under the impression that emeralds were scavengers, not hunters.
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I personally dont think he was hunted. He probably died and the crab was scavenging the remains. IMO they are too slow to catch a fish like that. JMO
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X2. The angel most likely was picked on and stressed to death by the clowns. The crab did the clean up.
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What do you guys suggest for adding more fish? I would like to get another imperator, a flame, and a yellow tang. Should I put the clowns in one of those hang in the tank baskets for a week or two until they get used to the other fish?
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Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Emperor Angelfish

As you can see the angel you are talking about needs at least a 100 gallon tank. You might want to think about an upgrade or go with fish that would be good for that size tank.
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I agree with Mike. Check out the dwarf angelfishes, most should be suitable for a 55G.

Dwarf Angelfish: Flame Angelfish and other Dwarf Angels

As far as putting the clowns into a floating basket, I doubt it would work. Fish don't really learn from timeouts. They are instinctive animals. Clowns are damsels and act like them.
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What fish would be better suited for my tank then?
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I agree with Mike. Check out the dwarf angelfishes, most should be suitable for a 55G.

Dwarf Angelfish: Flame Angelfish and other Dwarf Angels
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haha thanks MFDROOKIE, I can obviously read the previous post. what I meant was some suggestions on fish other than the dwarf angels. As you can see I have already selected the dwarf flame angel as another possibility. I thought maybe the other guys would have some advice on specific fish that tend to get along well with clowns, I mentioned the yellow tang. Is there any known compatibility issues with two clowns and a yellow tang? No need to copy and paste posts just to get your numbers up...
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Would splitting up my clowns reduce the amount of aggression?
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