Coworker Needs Advice On Bullying Angel

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Coworker has a 40gal with 2 angelfish, a pleco, and a school of neons and a couple mollies (i think) and maybe some other fish.

The one angel is bullying her other fish into hiding and has even killed a 3rd angel.

Shes looking for advice to help adjust this, she doesnt want to rehome the angel but will if she cant fix it with other means.

I can get more info overnight during my shift if more info is needed (probably will need more)
 

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The angelfish are cichlids and agressive by nature. They will eventually kill the mollies and neons. She probably needs to decide if she wants to keep peacfull fish like mollies and neons or angelfish. If she wants to keep the angelfish, get a few more and that way they can spread their agression out amongst the group insted of on 1 or 2 rivals.
 

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The best advice you can give your friend is to sign up to fishlore herself.
 
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Ill send her the link
 

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RyanLee said:
The angelfish are cichlids and agressive by nature. They will eventually kill the mollies and neons. She probably needs to decide if she wants to keep peacfull fish like mollies and neons or angelfish. If she wants to keep the angelfish, get a few more and that way they can spread their agression out amongst the group insted of on 1 or 2 rivals.
Ehhh. . . I'm no Angelfish owner, but that doesn't sound right.
 

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RyanLee said:
The angelfish are cichlids and agressive by nature. They will eventually kill the mollies and neons. She probably needs to decide if she wants to keep peacfull fish like mollies and neons or angelfish. If she wants to keep the angelfish, get a few more and that way they can spread their agression out amongst the group insted of on 1 or 2 rivals.
Strongly disagree with this statement. Angels will likely begin to pair off and need enough space for territories otherwise the aggression issues will intensify.
I would recommend dividing the tank with lots of tall plant/decor to break up sight lines but if the aggression continues then rehome one angelfish.
 

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Ok, so it appears several people have success keeping angels in a community tank with tetras. I've only had angels once with tetras and it did not go well. Perhaps I had some demon angels, it seems like it works with most other people though.
 
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I believe it is her one angel mostly targeting the other angel, though they had apparently paired up before.

I invited her to join, so hopefully she can see this and get some further help with them
 

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A 40 gallon is a bit small for angle fish. I would get a bigger tank or rehome the angle.
 

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Tank size and decor will play a major role with angels. I have found that if they feel crowded they will try to kill everything they see.
 

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Angels are Cichlids I know that much but i have never seen one be aggressive or kill anything. They usually are the ones getting picked on by nippy fish do to there long fins and feelers.
 

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I can assure you based on personal experience that angle fish are very aggressive especially during breeding.
 

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MissNoodle said:
Coworker has a 40gal with 2 angelfish, a pleco, and a school of neons and a couple mollies (i think) and maybe some other fish.

The one angel is bullying her other fish into hiding and has even killed a 3rd angel.

Shes looking for advice to help adjust this, she doesnt want to rehome the angel but will if she cant fix it with other means.

I can get more info overnight during my shift if more info is needed (probably will need more)
should not be putting neons and mollies in the same tank as angel fish. Neons and Mollies are community fish Angel fish are semi aggressive not a good mix
 

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MissNoodle said:
Coworker has a 40gal with 2 angelfish, a pleco, and a school of neons and a couple mollies (i think) and maybe some other fish.

The one angel is bullying her other fish into hiding and has even killed a 3rd angel.

Shes looking for advice to help adjust this, she doesnt want to rehome the angel but will if she cant fix it with other means.

I can get more info overnight during my shift if more info is needed (probably will need more)
Bullying the other angel? Or the other community fish?

Bullying the other angel makes sense. But angels typically only harass non angels if they are protecting a spawn.

All this talk about angels not being community fish is a bit extreme!! I keep angels in all my community tanks.
 
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