Injured angel: Help!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by nippybetta, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. nippybettaWell Known MemberMember

    Ok, so I was just moving fry and I looked in my 30 gallon tank and saw my blue angel hiding in the back behind a plant. He looked dead- resting on the gravel, and the scales on his sides are all ripped up. He also looked a little orange. I'm acclimating him to my 10 gallon tank right now and added stress coat. He's perking up a little. I might end up getting a divider, I don't know yet. I have 2 little angels, my pleco, and 3 baby bettas in the 10 gallon tank right now. I know that is a lot, but the angels are being QT'd and the pleco is eating all the algae. I can move the pleco, and put the bettas in a bucket with an air stone. I have plenty of 5 gallon buckets hanging around. So, anyway, suggestions? I don't think I can get pictures uploaded. He's looking around now, and seems happier. I'll keep you posted. Gosh, I hope he doesn't die!

    I saw the marble (female) picking on him. Usually he fights over her with the black one, but I guess the marble is in a real bad mood. I won't try to mix them again for a while.

  2. Wendy LubianetskyWell Known MemberMember


    I think you have done the right thing. I know it is obvious, but the water has to be kept super, super clean. I can't think of anything else you can do except put a preventative medicine in the tank with him. I know there are others out there, but I like PIMA and MELAfix. Only time will tell if the Angel will be okay. I hope it is. I have my fingers crossed for you.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2012
  3. catsma_97504Fishlore LegendMember

    Does he look like he has battle wounds...missing scales, bite marks, damaged or ripped fins? If so he was the unfortunate loser.

    How many angels are in your main tank? 3 is a bad number when you have both sexes.

    Keep his QT tank pristine with daily water changes. Feed garlic and fresh or frozen food to help him heal. And monitor for signs of disease.
  4. nippybettaWell Known MemberMember

    They probably are battle wounds. I can't manage DWC, but I'll be doing tank maintenance today, and can probably change a little more water tomorrow. He's doing much better. He eats like a pig, like usual. His fins are completely healed now too. His scales are slowly recovering, but his stripes are fainter because he's not showing off for the marble. I think he'll get better.

    The black and marble angels are hanging out in the other tank, and making all the other fish leave them alone. I think they might lay eggs.
  5. catsma_97504Fishlore LegendMember

    Glad to hear he will be fine!

    Hah, sounds like they may have spawned already if they are defending an area. I can always tell with one of my pairs because the male is overly aggressive and he floats sideways, like he is half dead, then suddenly charges.
  6. nippybettaWell Known MemberMember

    Haha, I just saw the female swimming by a rock like they do when they're spawning. I looked closer and saw eggs! :) :) :) They're really hard to see, but I'll try to post pics on another thread.
  7. catsma_97504Fishlore LegendMember

    Had a feeling that was the case! Good luck with them!!!
  8. BrainladyWell Known MemberMember

    Have to agree that 3 Angels is not the best combo in any tank. They can be super aggressive especially is the female is spawning. A 30 gallon tank is IMHO too small for two Angels with other fish in it as well.
  9. nippybettaWell Known MemberMember

    Oh, I agree- trios stink. I have 2 little ones with the blue in the 10g, but they're so small it doesn't make a difference. In the end, I'm thinking about having 6 angels in the big tank and a pair in the 30g. The eggs haven't been eaten yet...

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