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Re: [Killietalk] Re: OFF TOPIC Angelfish
Only observation, just good ole observation. If you want to follow Wrights
advice please do, I could quote other books some of which claim they are a
menace species that take joy in shredding fins. But then that's semantics.
Fish can't read, so to make a blanket statement about a species ability to
be aggressive or peaceful is determined by the environment of which they are
placed , this is where Wright and I agree. You could take several aggressive
species and if you give each a shelter of their own you could GENERALLY keep
them together with little if any displays of aggression. I have a 50 gal
that had two male betta's, they fought once then took up residence at the
furthest distance from each other and never again interacted. This is an
oddity. But like I said , enviorment is the key factor to fish health or any
animals health.IMHO, Mark B.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wright Huntley" <whuntley at verizon_net>
To: "killifish discussion list" <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Monday, March 29, 2004 11:10 AM
Subject: [Killietalk] Re: OFF TOPIC Angelfish
> Mark posted:
> > Greetings and good morning List,
> > I don't know how to address this BUT Angels are very aggressive
> > They enjoy trimming fins of the more passive fish. I have learned and
> > that they survive best in a single species tank.
> All things are relative, but this statement just isn't true, IME. I have
> considerable experience with angels, going clear back to my college days
> in the '50s, where I raised them by the hundreds to support my fish
> hobby (which the GI Bill didn't cover!). I have kept many in happy
> community tanks in later years.
> Compared to many other cichlids and a lot of barbs or anabantoids, they
> are very peaceful, indeed. I don't think they are a good idea with fancy
> guppies or Bettas with flowing fins, but I have kept both with angels if
> I was careful how they were introduced.
> If crowded and given poor cover (e.g., no plants) they can, of course,
> be a terror. They will eat any food-sized fish you want to feed them.
> OTOH, I have often kept them with a school of neons in a larger tank,
> with no problems at all.
> I quote from Baensch Atlas #1, p766:
> "Territorial, the fish school when young then form pairs. They are
> peaceful, do not burrow and are faithful to their mates. They form
> nuclear families."
> That first word means they *do* need structure such as stones, wood
> and/or plants, so to leave them in a barren tank may be just asking for
> trouble. Maybe that's why Mark thinks they are aggressive?
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