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Old 11-12-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
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help!!

just got a new angel fish and it like to hide I have to make it come out and it will eat just fine but eventually goes back into hiding
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:14 AM   #2
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Angels can take a while to get used to a new environment. I would recommend giving it some dark time. Also, did you acclimate your angel to the tank water, or just let him go into your tank? Angels are super sensitive to water changes.
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I had hoe and two others in the bag inlet them get use to t he water then put them in
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Did you add any of your water into the bag first?
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no I just sat the bag in the water
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:23 AM   #6
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Ah Okay.

The good news is, your problem is easy to fix! (At least for your future fish)

Fish are sensitive to water parameters such as Temperature, pH, and Nitrates that naturally fluctuate in water. Angelfish are VERY sensitive to this change.

My best guess with what happened was that you got your fish used to the water temperature, which is good, but you didn't get your angelfish used to the other water parameters, so they were probably pretty shocky due to the rapid change. The next time you add fish, you want to open the bag and sit it in the tank, take a cup and add a little bit of your tank water to the existing water in the bag. The slower you can do this, the better. I know some people acclimate their fish like this for an hour or more before putting their fish into its new home.

The more sensitive the fish, the longer you want to acclimate them before giving them the big plunge.


As for your current fish, there isn't too much to do, except to turn off your tank lights for a while to give them a more calm environment, and hope that they recover. Also make sure your water is super clean, as stressed fish are prone to infections and sickness.

Hope that helps!
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