36 Gallon Tall Aquarium Question

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    Right now I have 3 angels, 2 barbs and 1 catfish in a 36 gallon tall tank.
    Angelfish aggression is CRAZY right now!!!!
    They're chasing each other like constantly I'm really worried. They even nipped one of the barbs fin pretty much off. I read adding more fish will help with the aggression.
    Any suggestions???
     
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    Well first off barbs are schooling so they should be in groups of 6 anyway.
    @bizaliz3 @angelcraze
    I'm not sure of the best way to handle the aggression
     
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    yeah I have been trying to find a pet store who sells the same ones. I didn't choose any of the stocking I bought the tank as is
     
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    Oooh, gotcha. How big are they? I might be able to sex them for you with some pictures, their size and gender will impact aggression greatly
     
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    the yellow one hides in the corner when it's not picking a fight with the red eyed one it has been nipping the big ones fins a lot and starting fights. The red eyed one is the alpha I believe

    The lady said they never used to fight before :(
    she had 2 Chinese algae eaters in there before we rehomed them

    these are the best pics of the barbs I could get they are FAST
     

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    Could you try and get a closer picture from the side on the silver one and the black and white one
     
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    is this okay? the black one really is tiny

    they have apparently been with each other for over a year now
     

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    So the silver one might be male, but I'm not positive. I also doubt they've been together for a year if even alive for a year based on size.
     
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    yeah, she said she was underfeeding them before because she was used to betta diets and only recently starting feeding them more.
    I don't know what to do with them or add fish or anything. I thought I wanted angels but they look like they want to kill each other and I just don't know what to do, or what I'm doing wrong.
     
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    I still don't think they'd be so small at this point.
    You really might have to pick your favorite one or two and re home the others
     
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    do you think its worth getting a few extra smallish fish like mollies and or more barbs? I think I might have to rehome the yellow guy
     
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    I would see how things play out after rehoming first
     
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    how do I pick what one to rehome??
     
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    Usually removing the bully is best, so I'd watch them for a few days and see who starts the most stuff. If you don't do that last part you might end up removing the one that's the most capable of defending itself
     
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    I almost just want to take out both big ones and keep the little angel and restock with different fish :/
    any stocking suggestions if I end up doing that?
    I just don't understand. The lady said they were fine together for a year, so either they weren't actually fine together for a year or I must be doing something wrong, right? Or does this sort of thing just happen a lot
     
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    In my perception, the yellow topped one appears female due to the slope of her face. The other two are males. They may be fighting for breeding rights. Angels are in the cichlid family, so they can show aggression which is normal. Try to make sure each fish is getting food. My males are food hogs.
     
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    Angels are just more difficult than most people think, also I think the biggest issue is how unlikely it is that they've been together for a year.
    Are you sure? I don't see anything defining on their heads, specifically the humps that males get. In my opinion they're too small to be sure.
     
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    nikm 128 Please note my first three words. "In my perception"
     
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    Oops, sorry I missed that
     
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    so do you guys think it would be cool to keep the silver one and the black one?

    the yellow one is DEFINITELY starting all the fights. I see it fin nipping at the silver one its terrible
     
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