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Old 06-20-2005, 12:58 AM   #1
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Angel with lumpy belly

As some of you may know, i recently purchased some guppies so that my angels could have some live food (guppy fry) Well, one of them was really tiny and it has dissapeard. I thought maybe my killifish ate it, so i was looking closer and noticed one of my angels, one of the smaller ones, about the size of a quarter, Has a VERY lumpy belly. Now, it could be that he's just a hog and ate a bunch of freez dried bloodworms, or shrimp pellets, but i have a sneaky suspicion its the guppy... but i don't see how an angel that small could fit a guppy in its mouth! Even though it was a tiny guppy.

Im gonna throw in some shelled peas because i know that will be the first suggestion. Any other ideas?

( i didn't post this in the sick fish forum, because i don't htink its really sick)
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Old 06-20-2005, 08:36 AM   #2
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I can almost guarantee you the angelfish ate it. They can extend their mouths out, so they definately don't have small mouths. If you've ever seen your angelfish yawning you'll know what I mean. The only suggestion I can give you is to not feed the angelfish at all or feed them only a small amount of food until the stomach has reduced in size. I've heard that it can take between 3-5 days for them to digest live food, but I'm not sure about that.
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I tried to warn you..LOL..
I know no one likes a smarty pants..
But yes your little angel did probably eat it..
You can safely not feed the entire tank for a couple of days to let this pass.. it is hard to keep a angel from eating when you feed the tank at all.. unless you can safely QT the fish..
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I'm sorry, but LOL!!!!! I read this thread and got an image of an Angel with a Guppy-shaped belly. Couldn't help myself.

To make my post semi-valid: I remember when my dad kept Angels and Guppies, he was always "losing" guppies. I remember him coming home from work one day and asking if we had taken a hand-ful of guppies out. At that age (I was 5 and my brother was 3), we always liked to take the guppies out "for a walk". I remember my mom telling him that Roger (the Angel's name) was having an afternoon snack. lol
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Oh well i guess i am abandoning the guppy breeding idea then... LOL, i won't buy anymore, but im not taking them out... im just gonna see what happens.
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They might get to spawn before they are ate but im not sure if I would bet on it..
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LOL... as you can tell Greenmagi, im a very stubborn person, and i have to try everything myself. Well.. it was the smallest that got eaten and im left with 2 females and 2 males which are very large. The angels belly is no longer lumpy... so im guessing he enjoyed his guppy meal (it was an expensive meal actually)

Lesson learned that hard way, as most of mine are... i knw now that i can't have small fish in my tank. I hope my oto's will be safe.
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