Hello. I have a 50 gallon community tank, with tetras, cat fish, danios and my two angelfish. I've had the two angel fish since they were teeny-tiny! Now they are about 4" across! All of the sudden my male (white) seems to be extremely aggressive towards the female (black).. To the point that she is always hiding in corners, and half of her upper lip has been bitten off! I only have the one tank, and they were fine before.. Is there anything I can do? Should I get a third to break up the tension? The male doesn't show any signs of aggression towards any of the other fish.. just my poor frightened female I've tried making hiding spaces for her but its hard to hide a fish that large! He hunts her no matter where she goes.. Any suggestions? I cant watch the torture go on for much longer..
hey it sounds like he is wanting to breed with her many fish are pretty agressive when they are ready to breed the question about getting the third i wouldnt recomend it because there will always be the chance that they both may bully her to death if the newbie is male also i used to have paradise fish and when they was wanting to breed the male got realy nasty and nearly killed the fe-male many times i bought a small sheet of glass to use as a seperator in the tank i think the other options are to get another tank or re home one of the lovely fish any other help please do ask
It's difficult or impossible to distinguish angelfish gender before they spawn, so you may have two males. If that's the case, one will establish dominance through aggressive behavior.
If you have a male and female, their mating ritual usually involves some head shaking and other posturing and then some lip locking. Chasing may also be involved, and the process can be somewhat violent. With a pair, the chasing and other mating rituals do not last more than a day or two. With a couple of males, the violence continues, often until one is dead.
Once angelfish reach sexual maturity, that sort of behavior is normal. The only way to stop it is to rehouse one of the fish. In my opinion, angelfish are fascinating creatures, but they are not especially suitable for a community aquarium. It's disappointing that pet shops sell juvenile angelfish for community tanks knowing full well their behavior is going to change in s few months.
Thank you so much, both of you. I guess I should give up on trying to keep both of them. I will try to find a friend with a fish tank, and give them the bully! Hopefully the other will not then become the bully!
Will its upper lip ever grow back? It's been about 2 weeks
What kinds of larger sized fish can I pair an angelfish with harmoniously?
I was hoping it was just a mating dance.. But it has gone on for far too long for it to be that I think. I think I will have to separate them
sorry bout the fish
Some aquarists keep angelfish with other South American Cichlids, but in my experience they do much better in a large, single species aquarium.
Angel fish are extremely territorial fish. It sounds like you have two males and one wants to be top dog. It is best to keep a clutch of Angels (around six to 10 in a large tank) that way they tend not to be so aggressive to one another. You may find when you clean the tank and change the water that they get stressed and get even more aggressive. Another way of dealing with the problem is to demarcate areas with wood and plants or rocks to create seperate territories and then they can at least avoid one another.
Chris Graeme Lisbon, Portugal.
Thank you everyone for your help! I went to my local Noah's Pet ark with the one in good shape and asked him to find him a good new home. I then got a discount on buying different fish, and everyone seems to be getting along fine now
I woe up this morni to find my female dead my male was very aggressive with her aswell.
Of course one answer is to keep around six to eight angelfish together....then they are less likely to quite so aggressive.
Make sure water parameters are appropriate for angelfish as discussed in this profile:
Angelfish, though delicate, are aggressive by nature, and the aggression increases when they reach sexual maturity and start to form spawning pairs. To have a chance at success, a spawning pair needs its own aquarium.
Hi I had my male and female angelfish in a community tank, They just starting laying eggs this morning for the first time. So we moved them and their to a 10 gallon tank. The male fish seemed to be going after the female to keep her going back to fan the eggs but now whenever she goes to fan them he goes after her nipping on her back fins. What should I do?? Put the male back in the community tank?? We want them to keep spawning so after the eggs hatch that if they survive should we put the male back in... Were so confused n we don't want our male or female angelfish to die either... What do we do?? Need help asap thanks...
A spawning pair of angelfish usually need their own, large aquarium. In the present circumstance, you could remove the female and allow the male to nurture the eggs and fry. It's not rare for one member of the pair to take over parenting duties.
Every time a fish is moved from one aquarium to another, it causes stress, and this can weaken a fish's ability to withstand diseases and parasites. If you can, set up a spawning tank well in advance.
Oh no, I already took the male out before you responded because the male kept nipping at the female and I had to leave the house for a few hours and didn't want any of our fish hurt... So should I put the male back in now?? Do you have any clue why the male could of been doing this to the female? Both angelfish seem to being doing well in seperate tanks, Although the male seems to be looking for the female and eggs . The female is just faning the eggs... oh dear these fish are like our babies
my female angel fish has just killed my male , which was twice her size, due to him killing the second batch of eggs.
I have 3 angels with 2 dwarf gourami's and 6 tetra (I had 4 but once every year I find a baby tetra in my tank mysteriously lol.) I had them in a 20 gallon tank at first because it was just the dwarf's and tetra, and I bought the angels on impulse, they were the smallest ones in this filthy tank in the store with LOTS of nipping on their fins, one would just hide the first week when I brought him home.
I upgraded my tank and they all get along REALLY well. My biggest tetra chases around the next biggest tetra sometimes but that's about it, my angels around about 2" and they're not violent or anything. Well my black one (about 4" bullies my golden veil and now all it does is hide. But they get along very well with the other fish. They all swim to the side of the tank I'm on and sometimes bump each other and nothing happens.
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Thank you. I'm glad I found this feed, although it's a bit too late. Having reached a mature age and size, one of my angelfish have decimated the other... I feel horrible for the smaller one, who I just found huddled in a corner, scarred and BLIND, with some sort of damage and whiteness on its eyes. I can't imagine what the poor fish went through to have that happen in the span of a couple days. But now I realize that they have no busness living in the same tank. I wish they hadn't been sold as "community" fish. I'll try to nurse it to health but the aggressor has to GO!
My angle fish have mated and lay eggs almost every two weeks. all of the sudden the male is very aggressive toward female. Noted that when I turn off the aquarium light they were great with each other, turn it on and he gets her to the corner with bitting.???? whats up HELP!
You have to put them in different tanks