LOST AN ANGELFISH, WORRIED ABOUT ANOTHER

bert2001

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I CAME HOME THIS EVENING TO FIND ONE OF MY ANGELFISH DEAD ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TANK. WHEN I PULLED HIM OUT I NOTICED THAT HIS FORHEAD FROM HIS MOUTH TO HIS DORSAL FIN WAS GREEN AND SMOOTH. I HAVE 2 MORE IN A 75 GAL COMMUNITY TANK WITH 5 BLACK RUBY BARBS, 5 ZEBRA DANIOS, 5 BLACK SKIRT TETRAS AND 2 PEARL GOURAMI. ALL THE OTHER FISH SEEM FINE EXCEPT THE ANGELS WHO SEEM TO BE LETHARGIC AND LOOSING SOME COLOR. I CHECKED TO WATER AND MY NITRITES ARE BETWEEN .5-1 AND THE NITRATES ARE AT 20 AND AMONIA IS .25. I AM GOING TO DO A HUGE WATER CHANGE. I DON'T KNOW IF THESE LEVELS WERE HIGH TO BEGIN WITH OR THEY JUMPED UP THROUGHOUT THE DAY WITH THE DEAD FISH IN THERE.

ANY SUGGESTIONS?
 

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wow, I never heard of their color going green. I guess it could be caused the nitrites and ammonia, but like you suggest, that may have been from the dead one breaking down, although I would think it'd take more time. The only other thing I can think of is if the angel and maybe the gouramI or barb got into a fight, but that wouldn't explain the other angels acting strange.
I would do a water change, but not too huge or radical or that might stress you fish. I would also try using PRIME or AMQUEL PLUS. both will detox the nitrites and ammonia (AMQUEL PLUS will also detox nitrates).
I guess do the water change, treat your water to get the chem levels down to 0 and just keep your eyes open for any other signs of trouble.

Good luck.
 

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Inactivity, loss of color or appetite, weight loss, skin defects. -- would this describe the angels? (Fish TB)

or Sluggishness, flashing, spider web lesions on skin, color loss, reddened fins, drooping fins, fin damage. ? (Skin Flukes)

or Scratching, small gold to white spots, loss of color, weight loss, difficulty breathing due to gill damage.? (Velvet)
 
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I don't think its any of that, or at least not with the remaining fish. I just fed them and they are all eating. The fish that died did not seem to be thin. I think it was just something wrong with the water and that angel was just sensitive. As soon as I finished the water change the on angel that was looking pale immediately started regaining its color. It was probably just a sick fish. Ever since I got him the other two angels started hanging out together and chased that one out of where ever they were. I probably just got over stressed and when the water started going south he just couldn't take it any more. All seems fine for now, but we shall see.
 

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oh, I see.. yea, he was stressed.. those 2 angels have buddied-up and he was going to be bullied until they killed him. keep an eye on your other fish as there is a chance the angels will turn on them and systemmatically wipe out the other fish, one group at a time.
 

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A water change is always a good first defense when there is a problem of any kind. those water readings could have been up from the dead fish being in there but do keep a watch on them for the next couple of days. Angels are very sensitive to ammonia and Nitrite.
Carol
 

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