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Angel Fish Pair with a female Bully!

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Angel Fish Pair with a female Bully!

Post  kaimcneil on Sun 14 Dec 2014, 20:11

Hi,

A few weeks ago some angels paired off and laid eggs in my fathers tank, since this was a community tank he wanted to get rid as they where becoming defensive/aggressive.

I have taken them and put them in a 155l planted tank with the hope they will settle down and start to breed again. There only tank mates are some otto's.

My concern now is, the female chases and attacks the male whenever it moves its almost like the female wants the whole tank to itself.

Is there anything i can do? any advice appreciated Very Happy

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Re: Angel Fish Pair with a female Bully!

Post  Pterophyllum on Mon 15 Dec 2014, 01:15

In a community tank the pair work together to defend the eggs or fry. Once they're on their own, some fish with nothing else to focus that aggression on, end up turning on their partner. It may also be that she blames him for the loss of their babies.
depending on the degree of aggression it may settle down, but if not, I'd suggest either moving them in with some other angels, introducing some "dither" fish to distract them, or possibly partition the tank for a while. Adding extra plants and other decorations to provide the male with some extra hiding places might also do the trick.

Good luck.

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Re: Angel Fish Pair with a female Bully!

Post  kaimcneil on Mon 15 Dec 2014, 19:44

Thanks very much, would sort of fish would you recommend adding?

Im keen to get these 2 to breed so would need something which isint going to eat the eggs or fry, if possible.

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Re: Angel Fish Pair with a female Bully!

Post  Pterophyllum on Thu 18 Dec 2014, 08:11

You could try a shoal of Corydoras catfish, as these wouldn't be too great a threat to eggs and fry, but are reasonably well armored and therefore unlikely to be harmed by the angels. Otherwise I'd go for a shoal of deeper bodied tetras such as bleeding hearts. Whatever you choose, you may well need to remove them once the babies are free swimming.

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Re: Angel Fish Pair with a female Bully!

Post  Akasha on Wed 25 Feb 2015, 10:11

I had exactly the same with my pair. I moved them into a tank on their own in the hope of breeding them and the female spent all her time attacking the male. She carried on laying eggs every couple of weeks but the male would just ignore her and refused to fertilize the eggs. In the end I moved them back into my community tank and the female has calmed back down. She's not laid any eggs though since the move back - I've not had any eggs now since before xmas. The pair are still lip locking though and they are cleaning plants leaves and so I suspect she may lay eggs soon - and hopefully my boy will play his part this time.

She is still the more aggressive of the pair though. As humans we'd expect the male to be the 'bossy' one but it seems in nature that isn't the case!

Good luck with your pair and hopefully you'll see baby angels soon Smile
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