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PostPosted: 2005.05.03(Tue)20:50    Post subject: Sick angel fish Reply with quote

Hello, I have two angel fish and one is sick. It is a 30 gl tank, the water tests fine. The other angel is fine. The problem with the one angel is that it can't swim. It just lies there, I've put it in a plastic breeder box in the tank so it doesn't have to lay on the bottom of the tank. It tries to swim but it can not get upright, it's always on it's side. It looks very thin. I feed her but she doesn't seem to be eatting.

Does anyone know what could be wrong??

It's tank mates are four small mollies, one platty, and a small catfish.

Thanks for any advice.
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PostPosted: 2005.05.05(Thu)23:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi rsvlrenee,
Sorry to here about your Angelfish. If it is still alive I would suggest putting it in a tank by itself (if possible) or setting up a tank divider to portion off part of the tank. I am not so sold on the breeder box as the confined space may further stress the fish.
The possibilities are endless as to what could be wrong with your angel, it could be a swim bladder problem or internal parasites or something genetic, I think we are still mostly in the dark with fish ailments and are somewhat limited in our treatment. Some people use a lot of medications but the cure can sometimes be as hard on the fish as the disease and unless you know what is exactly wrong with the fish it could be like using chemo therapy to treat a cold. In my experience, when an angel acts like that it is usually on the way out.
Sorry I can't help more.
One thing I have noticed with Angels is that they are very hardy fish but do not cope well with stress. They become shy and retiring and stop eating. If you have two angels in a tank one may have begun to exhibit normal cichlid aggression or territorial behavior and may be stressing your other angel out. If you set up a tank divider or a solo tank the angel may perk up.
Wish I could help more,
Good luck.
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