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Old 12-28-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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Disoriented BiColor Angel

Just got a new bicolor angel from saltwaterfish.com and as soon as I open the bag, I can see he's swimming vertically and looks disoriented. The water was about 68 and I did a 3 hour acclimation. During the acclimation he seemed to start to straighten out and swim more normally. Then, when I introduced him to the tank, he just seemed to keep getting swept away with the current. He bounced off a few rocks. Not slammed, but brushed up against or bounced. I thought he would get sucked into the overflow, but he was able to swim away. I netted him and placed him in an isolation chamber that rests at the top of the tank. He still seems disoriented.

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Old 12-29-2012, 10:35 AM   #2
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Did you keep the lights off? I've read that when they're shipped in the Pitch black (a box) for a day or 2, any light at all can be very disorienting to fish. I've personally never had fish shipped to me, but that's what I've read.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:40 AM   #3
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It didn't make it. I think I got a bad fish. All of my fish were shipped so I've got the process down. Occasionally you get a bad one. They guarantee them for 15 days so I will try again.
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Sorry to hear... I have bought several things from them and they've always been ok. Good luck with next one
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Sorry about the loss. Another one will probably be OK.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:37 PM   #6
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The same exact thing happened to me when I got my bicolor angel. Except it was from the lfs not shipped. Mine looked as if he was really weak and forgot how to swim. After that I was always afraid of getting another one.
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The new one arrived today and looks to have successfully acclimated. I think he even started hunting less than an hour after release. We'll see what happens when the lights come on in the morning.
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I had mine do this when I purchased him I left the lights off for a few hours and after a few days he was 100% but would not eat they servers to get to eat dry or frozen foods I had to intice mine with fresh salmon or shrimp soaked in garlic that was 13 months ago and he's doing great know
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