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Old 08-10-2005, 11:00 AM   #1
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Adding new angels?

Some of you may remember all the trouble I've had with my 55 gallon angel/ram tank at work. I started with 6 juvie angels and 4 rams, and now I'm down to 1 angel and 1 ram. I wasn't too surprised about losing the rams, but the angels were kind of a shock. I never figured out any reason why they would have died. One day they would be normal, and then I'd find them hanging out in the top corner of the tank looking very weak, and then they would die. It's also strange that the one I have left doesn't seem to be getting any bigger. Its body is about the size of a quarter and has been for some time. It shows no sign of illness, but does not grow. I feed the tank flake food and cichlid pellets, and blood worms or beefheart once a week. As the tank is at work, it does not get fed over the weekends. Could that make enough of a difference so that the angel wouldn't be growing?

My other question is, it's been a while since I've lost any fish and I would like to add some more pretty soon. I'd like to get 3 more angels and see what happens, but I've heard in the past that this might be a bad idea as far as compatibility. Do you guys think it might work out to add 3 more juvies? It seems so bare in there with only 1 angel. Other tankmates are 8 green fire tetras, 5 flame tetras, 4 paleatus cories, and 1 bristlenose pleco, and of course the remaining ram. Or, if you all think the angels wouldn't work out, do you have any other suggestions for centerpiece-type fish within the South American theme? TIA!
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I would think that since the existing angel is still small you should not have any problem adding 3 more. I have added 3 small ones in a tank with one larger one and that worked out fine. The larger one didn't know who to chase so he kind of just dominates the center top of the tank.

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As the tank is at work, it does not get fed over the weekends. Could that make enough of a difference so that the angel wouldn't be growing?
Absolutely not...the weekly diet is almost better than mine.

I agree with rich...since the existing dude is still juvie, he may accept some new friends. I would re-arrange the landscape just a little and turn off the lights after introduction.
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Thanks guys! I really hope they survive this time. I'm tired of killing angels.
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