Originally Posted by Paxlerod
I have lost both angels in the last 3 days. One of them looked very haggard when I took the pic. Like i said I had them 5 years and bought them as adults, so who knows exactly how old they were. The second one looked perfectly fine until its mate died. It passed within two days with absolutely no sign of injury or disease. They had shared there tank with a few loaches and a couple or discus for the past 2 years. Very peaceful tank. I am not one of these touchy feely guys and I don't pet my fish. (A whole other issue) but could of my second angel died of a broken heart? Very sad.
Actually, it is not that unusual for animals that mate for life, dying within a short amount of time from each other and by some accounts, Angelfish fall into that category ( although many Angel pairs have been created from remaining partners after one of the pair died.) There was just a case on TV where an elderly human couple died within 11 hours of each other after being married for close to 60 years ( if I remember the time frame correctly.) So I would have to say that it IS a possibility that the second fish died from the emotional distress of losing the mate, especially if the tank has other healthy fish in it.
On a different note, you said that you were sold the fish as a pair but they never bred. I had an incident similar to this when I moved my breeding trio of Angelfish from NJ down to S. Florida. It seems that they never adjusted to the new water chemistry to start breeding again. The water they came from was very soft and acidic but the water in S. FL was hard and very alkaline. I was told that they should be able to adjust to the change, which they did for living, but not for breeding. I subsequently bred hundreds of Angels in S. Florida water so it was just the fish's inability to adapt to the change to start breeding again. Possibly, this was what happened with these 2 fish. Did you ever compare the water chemistry from what they came from to what you put them in? That might be the answer as to why.
Hope this helps