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Author Topic: New Angelfish Hiding  (Read 1900 times)
DawnMichele
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« on: May 21, 2016, 05:19:33 PM »

Hello. I just purchased 2 Angelfish for my 55 gallon aquarium and they are both hiding. Is that normal for them? Thank you.
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2016, 05:29:27 PM »

Do you have them in a QT tank or did you put them with your Oscar?  Have you read the profiles for angels and Oscars? 
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2016, 05:59:03 PM »

Hello. My Oscar is in a 125 gallon tank by himself. The Angelfish are in a 55 gallon tank by themselves.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2016, 06:50:53 PM »

I'm sorry.  I was in the middle of cooking dinner when I answered and it was too terse.  I forgot that you have two tanks so just assumed that they were in with your Oscar.  I apologize.

How were they acclimated?  Did the temp in the bag come close to the temp in the tank? 

Many times, fish new to a tank act like that.  They are a little apprehensive.  Are there any plants in there for them to hide in?
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2016, 07:20:56 PM »

Hello. No problem at all. I appreciate you taking the time to help me. I acclimated them for about 30 minute's. They have been hiding in the plant's. The smaller one has become more active than the bigger one. Hopefully it's just a matter of them getting use to the tank. Thank you for your help and enjoy your night.
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2016, 09:04:00 AM »

Most acclimation is a waste of time. I have been plopping and dropping fish for years. Open the bag, pour the water through a net so the fish end up in the net with no water and into the tank they go. True acclimation take a couple of weeks not a matter of minutes of days. If one's tank parameters are too far out of the acceptable range for any fish, no amount of acclimation will help. Temperature shock only occurs when the fish is at the upper or lower temperatures of its acceptable range. At that point they begin to show behavioral issues and then they would die. The proper remedy in such a situation is to get the fish back into the acceptable temperature range ASAP, not to do this gradually.

Most new fish are stressed when they go into one's tank. They have been netted, transported and dropped into a new setting. Their natural reaction is to hide. Some fish get over this fast and others take more time. All you need to do is make sure they will eat and that they show no symptoms of issues. Give them time to settle in before you get too worried, they should get more active as they begin to do so.

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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2016, 12:17:48 PM »

Hello. The Angelfish are all over the tank today having a good time!!!!  Yay!!!!! Thanks for everyone's help. I appreciate it.
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