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Old 04-24-2007, 05:05 PM   #1
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Angelfish... Fighting or Mating?


what's it mean when they're lip-locked and dancing around each other in tight circles? Is that actual fighting, or are my little babies growing up and figuring out who they wanna create more little babies with?
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Old 04-24-2007, 05:19 PM   #2
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Just use a human analogy and it'll make sense...in other words...they're probably a couple!
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Old 04-24-2007, 05:31 PM   #3
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It definately means they are growing up.

But are those two a pair? experiences differ.

I've probably had 15 pairs of angels and never had a couple lip-lock or posture at each other like that.

I have had two males fighting over a teritory or the afections of a female ready to spawn do what you are describing.

Other people have experienced the complete opposite and have only witnessed the behavior between a pair.

Either way, they're P.O.ed at each other. Is it a little lovers spat or are they rivals? Who knows. Keep an eye out for eggs and you'll find out.
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Old 04-24-2007, 05:37 PM   #4
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Well, these two have been nearly inseperable since I could start to tell the difference between each of the 5 angels in my tank. They happen to be the only two with red eyes, which I think is really cool... But I've never taken that to mean that one is a guy and the other is a girl... they just don't seem to like any of the other angelfish in my tank... at all. but last night really threw me off guard, as they suddenly started doing this wierd lip lock thing, for the first time ever. Now I'm hoping that I get the 20gallon they had at a raffel at my lfs last weekend...
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Old 04-24-2007, 06:03 PM   #5
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If they both spend time pecking at a surface to clean it, then you know they're serious!
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Old 04-24-2007, 07:05 PM   #6
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nah, they haven't done that yet... I've been watching. maybe they're fighting over which surface to use!
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:32 AM   #7
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My angels do lip-lock when fighting, they face each other, colour up and kind of flick their fins (sorry, can't think of a better word) then if one doesn't back down the lip-locking starts.
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:31 AM   #8
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i would definalty say fighting... if they pair they are usualy peaceful
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:33 AM   #9
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would this possibly be a response to the one finally growing bigger than the other? and now he/she is proving dominance? I saw them sizing each other up today, but no fighting since that one time...
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well, when my tiger barbs mouth butt and swim around each other quickly and in tight circles, I've always thought they were fighting for dominance... especially since they are all males.
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:05 AM   #11
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It's still hard to tell. I would think that if you had a small group of them in the tank and the 2 have pretty much stayed close together, they could be paired. But they could have not tolerated each other anymore and just started fighting. The best thing is just to watch them the next few days/weeks if they stop doing it. I would also place a piece of slate in the tank in the area the 2 stay around the most.
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:41 PM   #12
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They're actually starting to clean one leaf of a crypt - granted, only one will do it at a time, and sometimes one will say, "You're doing it all wrong!" and chase the other away and start doing it him/herself... I've a feeling that if they start mating, it's going to be a rough relationship.
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Dang, that sucks. You have a perfectionist discus. LOL
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:49 PM   #14
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Angelfish, but yeah. A**l retentive little buggers. I hope that's not against forum rules to say.. I'll bleep it out. There. if you know what it means, then you know it's not a curse either. :-P
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:29 AM   #15
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i think that might be fighting...but you never know???
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