Angel Ate My Newbies!?

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Didn't know where to post this. Anyway, I have a full grown KoI Angel in my tank (about 6 inches in diameter). He can be a bit of a bully but all my fish are faster than he is. Yesterday I bought 6 juvenile Rummy Nose to add to my school. They were pretty small and slI'm about 1.5 inches long. This morning I only have three of the new ones left and I can't find any little corpses anywhere. Believe me I have really looked for them. The only thing I can think of is that Sunny (my Angel) ate them! What do you think? Is it possible for my Angel to have eaten them?
 

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Yep. Totally possible. It happened to me too :-(

I didn't confirm it until I found one with its back end eaten off.... but was still breathing :-( then I knew they were being caught and eaten ALIVE and not dying and THEN being eaten...or simply disappearing

Rummynoses are super quick fish....but a big giant angel can catch them off guard and get a bite!!
 

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Yes. Remember Angelfish will eat anything that they can catch.

Just because they are fast fish doesn't necessary mean they are safe, they live in a small enclose area. Can you imagine running from a lion in a small room?
 
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bizaliz3 said:
Yep. Totally possible. It happened to me too :-(

I didn't confirm it until I found one with its back end eaten off.... but was still breathing :-( then I knew they were being caught and eaten ALIVE and not dying and THEN being eaten...or simply disappearing

Rummynoses are super quick fish....but a big giant angel can catch them off guard and get a bite!!
Yikes! That's kinda gross!

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Yes. Remember Angelfish will eat anything that they can catch.

Just because they are fast fish doesn't necessary mean they are safe, they live in a small enclose area. Can you imagine running from a lion in a small room?
You have a point there. I did find one more hiding in the plants but two are still MIA.
 

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The belly will be swollen if a large meal has been eaten. This is what Angels are designed to do and how they survive in the wild.

Angels suck their prey in with a powerful intake. Getting close enough is easy in the dark. Bump and suck.

But new fish can be fragile, falter or die and then be eaten too.
 
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Redshark1 said:
The belly will be swollen if a large meal has been eaten. This is what Angels are designed to do and how they survive in the wild.

Angels suck their prey in with a powerful intake. Getting close enough is easy in the dark. Bump and suck.

But new fish can be fragile, falter or die and then be eaten too.
And I thought that leaving the lights off would give them a better chance to acclimate. It didn't seem like he had a swollen stomach but he may have gotten them during the night.
 

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