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  1. Hello Coop community, First the tank details and info then below is my fishie issue: South American Style heavily planted aquascape. 300 liters / 79 gallons Filter: Oase 600 biomaster and eheim skimmer unit Water parameters according to Coop test strips: Nitrate: 0, Nitrite: 0, Hardness: 0, Buffer: 0, PH: 6,4, Chlorine: 0, Temp: 23 C / 73,4 F CO2 injected at about 20 / 30 mg per liter via inline system (comes on 2 hours before lights and goes off 1 hour bf they go off). 10 hours of lighting per day. Fertilizer: Dennerle fertilizer system. Inhabitants 9 angels (Bulgarian Green Seal Point), 20 cardinals, 20 green neons, 16 corys (orange lazer and eversi), 7 panda garra, 1 whiptail cat, 2 flying foxes. The water we have is really soft (Black Forrest, Germany) and it isnt RO its just mountain water. But almost all my species are south American originally or from areas that have soft water. I used to do 1 50-80% water change every 2 weeks but now I do it every week since the start of the month bc of my current issue (see below). Feeding 1-2 a day. 1 day of fasting / week. Now here is my problem: My angels are having some issues with their dorsal and anal fins (top and bottom ones). In the photos you will see they are slowly deteriorating on the top and have some slime on them. They are also attracting what seem to be the co2 bubbles. There seems to be some stringy substance coming from the fins. To try to improve the problem I have upped my water changes to once a week and also added lots of catappa leaves to see if that would help. I am thinking of using a catappa concentrate (https://www.sera.de/en/product/freshwater-aquarium/sera-phyto-med-catappa/) starting tomorrow after a water change to see what that does. My fish are eating well, super active and the colors are very good atm. So I am really at a loss for what is going on. It is also only the angels that are currently having this fin problem. Other fish seem to be just great. Any thoughts or ideas would really be helpful. I want to get their fins healed up and be a good fish papa! Many thanks. Will
  2. More than a year ago I bought this group of angelfish. They were sold to me as ‘Peru Altum Angels’. Is this correct? They never gotten to the height of an Altum. They are about 6-7 inches. I have a breeding pair in the group, maybe I’m putting the pair in a separate tank. But first I want to be shure what I’breeding.
  3. I currently have two threads for both of my aquariums, but I've been thinking that its time to merge the two threads together My current tanks are my Community tank (40 Gallons): Home to: Angelfish, Cardinal Tetras x5, Bristlenose Pleco, Upside down Catfish x2, Zebra Danios x6. Its Planted with: Anubias Nanna, Crypt Wendetii Red, Red Twist Sword, Hygrophiliia Siamensis 53B, My second tank is my Betta Tank (5 Gallons): Its home to: Hugo the Betta, 5 Neon Tetras, and a new addition (more on that below!) Its planted with: Hygrophillia Compact, Hygrophillia Siamensis, Two Species of Anubias, Buce, Red Melon Sword, Little Side Note: Hugo had gone through some Finrot Treatments, his fins are still growing back. I'm also working on a new tank to go below the community tank, hoping to get some supplies for it and to get it up and running! Today I went driving and drove past a petstore, so naturally I had to stop. I picked up a Nirite Snail for the Betta Tank. I want names for this little guy so comment some suggestions! Also just a quick questions. Does this look like a baby nirite? It seems unlikely due to the fact that they only breed in brackish, but what elese could it be? It moves and has the antennas like a snail too. I picked up the snail to add it in so I'm not sure how it could have come into the tank. Unless it came in in one of my plants, but the last time I added a plant was maybe three weeks, and I'm only noticing it now. So maybe we'll need two names, thats exciting! The baby will probably end up in a different tank soon, 5 gallons is probably too small for two snails.
  4. Got a quick stocking question. Right now my 55 gallon has Black Neon Tetras, Lemon Tetras, Varitus Platys, Pearl Gourami, and some Salt and Pepper Corys that are going to be joining the main tank soon. I am slowly building up the number of Pearl Gouramis to four fish. I was wondering, as my last fish, could I add an Angelfish? Would it get along okay with the other fish in the tank? The tanks is heavily planted, so it provides plenty of cover for everybody.
  5. So I have a breeding pair of angels. The female hasnt laid eggs in probably 2 months but had 2 spawns previously.. and now the male of the pair is actively becoming aggressive to the female.. Is this normal? Suggestions? If I remove one for one to heal is it going to ruin the breeding pair? Thanks in advance!
  6. I have 6 Black Angelfish on the way, I have read and resarched a good bit. I would like to know if there is any tips that can be given from y'alls experience of having them (Angelfish). Thanks Oh YEAH, I'm moving towards more of a blackwater tank, well at least have the dark golden tea look.
  7. My Angel Fish laid eggs on the new amazon sword plant. Should I put Angel Fish from breeding tank back into the community tank?
  8. Didn’t somebody post an angelfish biotope plant list not too long ago? Or maybe that was a discus plant list? I can’t remember now which it was. If somebody has an angelfish biotope plant list (I know that actually covers a range of variable biotopes) that’s what I’m wanting. I know that swords, Vals, Amazon frogbit would all be reasonable options, but what else? I’ve never been a huge fan of stem plants but I’m willing to try. The tank is 21” deep with moderate to low lighting. Plants will need to be relatively low maintenance. Very much NOT interested in duckweed no matter that it would fit the biotope. 😆 I’m planning a sort of eroding stream margin look with driftwood branches arching over from high on one end to simulate exposed roots and Vals as the main focus plant to help hide the spot where the branches arise. I’m thinking I’ll have to use some kind of hook over the side of the tank at an upper, back corner as an attachment point for the “origin” point of the “roots”. I already have some plastic hooks designed to go over a door that I think will work. Then zip ties may be my friend for attaching the branches. I’d like some smaller plants to look like they “caught” and rooted around where some of the branches hit the sand bottom, I’m thinking maybe ‘Red Pearl’ swords for this. It will be a pool filter sand cap over heavy clay soil with some Osmocote mixed into the soil. I’ll probably have some half buried river rocks (I have plenty left over from the 75 G project). Might do some ‘Red Flame’ swords for between/among rocks. With light green Val as the most abundant plant, plus some moss(es) the tank will need some more color. I’ll only be using fairly plain colored rocks since I don’t want them to be the focus. I'm very open to thoughts, recommendations, ideas on how to attach the branches at their “origin” in an upper corner. I have silicone, can get fish safe epoxy putty, superglue, etc, for attaching wood but don’t want to glue it to the actual tank wall. I could also make a slate piece to drill through, then into the bases of the “roots”, then hang the slate for the origin point. Do you think I will need to put some slate at the bottom tips of the “roots” to help keep them in place and give them weight? I have assorted mosses that I’ll pick from to put on some roots and could use to help hide the “root” origin. Any other thoughts for reasonably low maintenance, moderate to low light plants to fit the angelfish biotope? Since I got so long-winded, here are my questions: 1. How do I attach my branches/“roots” at the top, back corner of the tank without gluing to the tank itself? 2. Do I add slate to the tips of the “roots” where they meet the substrate to add weight and stability? 3. What plants fit a fairly broad definition of an angelfish biotope besides Vals, swords, moss, and Amazon frogbit? (duckweed doesn’t count because I’m not going there)
  9. Hi everyone I recently got some help from the forum saying my angels may have angelfish disease do to there swimming behavior and the affected not eating well. There are 4 Peru altums and 6 red shoulders. I just did a 50% water change yesterday and dosed general cure by API. I’ve had one angel fish pass the day before and now have one staying at the water surface. My PH is 7.4, ammonia 0ppm, nitrates 5-6ppm, nitrite 0ppm, temp 78*. Water is slightly hard. If I could get some help to hopefully grow them to adults I would very much appreciate it.
  10. Hey everyone, I am getting an 80 gallon hopefully. I am hoping to get some angelfish, but I was wondering how to deal with them being mean when breeding. I was also hoping they would not breed. I know that is unlikely, but are there any tricks to keep them from breeding? So yeah, how can I keep them with other fish when they breed? I don't want them to be really mean. I was thinking pearl gouramis, some big tetras, or something.
  11. Hello everyone, it’s my fist time keeping angels, but I have a question regarding the slime coat and weird activity. So the young red shoulders are getting a almost velvet look to there skin and sometimes twitch very weird.
  12. So I have two angelfish in my community planted 50 gallon tank. They grew up together along two others (who died along the way, one from a disease, the other one seemed to stop eating after territorial/mate dispute and died). Any way the two angelfish survived and I'm almost certain that they are male and a female but they don't seem to be a pair. The show some signs of "flirting" chasing each other and teasing, but they have never mated. I don't think they are a pair but could they become one? I have read that angelfish pair up for life, but I also heard and read that breeders often mix the pairs and they still get eggs. I was considering adding more angelfish, but if I do I feel like I may upset the balance, no matter if I add younger or older fish, I expect there to be fighting and I do not want to risk that. Is this a solid worry or would it be safe to add more angelfish. I have been interested in breeding them for quit some time now. Thank you for any advice
  13. Hello. I’m new here and was hoping someone could help me with these eggs. I’ve had my tank and the fish in the tank (except the snails) for almost a year, but this is the first time this has happened. I woke up this morning to find these eggs attached to a leaf in my tank. I have a couple of snails, two pairs of different cories, and one angel. This is probably a dumb question, but could someone tell me which fish had these eggs, the cories or my angel fish? Also, the eggs are white in color, so does that mean they’re unfertilized? I know that they would be if the angel had the eggs, since I only have one and it was not mature when I got it almost a year ago. If the eggs are the cories’, does that mean they could hatch? I moved them to a large cup because my angel was adamant about eating them. Thanks in advance!!!
  14. Picked up 6 of these today. Might be my new favorite fish. Beautiful!
  15. I have two angelfish in my community tank. I never knew if they were males, females or a pair. They share the tank with a variety of community fish including swordtails, harlequin rasboras, a cleanup crew and two pearl gouramis. Sometime yesterday one of them seems to have laid a large clump of eggs on a great big Amazon sword. I wouldn't know what type of eggs they are, but for the behavior of the angels this morning. They are absolutely terrorizing everyone in the tank, particularly the poor gouramis. How long will be acting like this? Will these eggs hatch? Any advice for what to do in general? Thanks all!
  16. I am not sure if it is a Gold Marble or a Koi. I should like to get a second one.
  17. I have two angels that were moved into the community tank almost a year ago. I'm guessing that they are about two years old. Aggression from the larger of the two pretty much ceased when they got to their new home. Last night, the smaller angel was for lack of a better description twitchy, whenever another fish was nearby. The tank has a large resin tree stump with exposed roots in the center. Tonight both of the angels seem to have taken the underside of the stump as their own, challenging all comers. They are not the biggest fish in the community. This behavior stops at feeding time. Am I seeing: the beginning of breeding behavior, has it already happened, or is something else happening.
  18. I just spotted divots today on my angelfish. They are only on one side of it's head, right behind it's eye. Is this Hole in the Head disease? It is eating and behaving normally.
  19. So the Terror of my Tank, my female koi angelfish, is injured. She's ruled the tank for a long time but I recently replaced the severum I'd lost about a year and a half ago. So far they were getting along well enough- she'd chase the severum like she would the other angels, but he'd turn around and scare her off. Well, today I looked at my tank and found the koi angel swimming upside down at the bottom. She must have injured her swim bladder, either the severum fought back or she spooked from him turning at her and hurt herself. I've got her in a net box at the top of the tank, separated from other fish. She's still actively swimming but can't flip herself over. What should I do to maximize her chances of healing from this?
  20. They laid this (their second time) in the last 24-48 hours. What should be my next move? The piece can be removed easily, should I grab a currently used sponge filter and place it in a new 20 long?
  21. Hi! Im having trouble taking care of a fish. This angelfish has been handed to me for care. But, i do not know what has happened to it. I don't know if the cloudy eye is from trauma or because of a disease. It used to live in a 55 gal with two other angelfish and a baby irredescent shark. The owner told me that the tank was neglected a few times. When I got the fish the irredescent shark had amonia burns in the fins. Which have gotten significantly better. I treated the fish with paracleanse first, then myradel. Now im using salt. Also there's tanins in the water because of driftwood. First picture is the right eye with the cloudy eye. Second picture the left eye for comparison. What can I do?
  22. Thanks to YouTube learned how to get my eggs to hatch and grow! My angelfish pair are laying every two weeks and have a great hatch rate. I have so many fry what do I do now for grow out?
  23. Often I think "the more light the better," but I think these lower light photos turned out well.
  24. I have a picture I have added to show the angelfish in my 110gallon. This tank is planted and they've been growing in here the last month. Their fins have never been perfect but I do frequent water changes so I wanted to see if that would help. I have Primafix and Melafix. I just want to know what this is exactly. To me it is fin rot bacterial, but I am here for another opinion! Any luck using salt with live plants instead of Meds? I know Cory swears by salt but I don't want to dehydrate my plants! Thanks Nerms 🙂
  25. I finally convinced my spouse to let me re-enter the hobby after a 2 year hiatus from a devastating tank explosion in our old apartment complex. I’m currently in the process of readying a 75g planted tank for angelfish in our new home. I haven’t really decided but I’ve narrowed it to plain silvers, zebra silvers or I’m also intrigued by these new rio nanay angels with the yellow speckles. Anyways, This isn’t my first time with angelfish(maybe long term it will be) nor fish in general. But right now I’m really attracted to the vertical anal and dorsal fin look. There’s just something about that look. Anyways my thing is, I’ve seen other people’s angels and when fully grown they seem to have lost that vertical look and the fins seam to naturally fold back. Is there any way I can prevent this and grow them to there max potential with as vertical of a shape as possible??? Or is it maybe a genetic thing that’s a game of luck? Some people have recommended altums to me since they seem to look more vertical and as much as I’d love that, I’m just not that rich right now and I don’t feel comfortable starting with something as expensive as those in a tank that’s not as seasoned as I’d like. I haven’t purchased anything yet, I’m just letting the tank and plants grow out for now while I do research. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
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