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angelfish question

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I have 7 angelfish 6 of them ive only had for a few weeks 1 I've had for over a year now. Since getting the new angels ive noticed the original angels breathing is different from the others. He is breathing no different than he did a year ago its just different from the others. His gills seem to be at a faster rate than the others. He is the first one to come running when its time to eat and he is the alpha. He swims all around and acts totally normal except the breathing. I do weekly 30% wc with aged water ammonia is 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 10. Not sure if I should be concerned or if like people everyone is different? The tank is a 56 gallon temp is 79 For filtration I have fluvial 705 fluvial 206 aqua clear hob 110. Thanks

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If he's the "king of the roost", he's probably just expending a lot more energy than the other new ones making sure they know that. Angels can have very singular personalities like any other cichlid and that can make one more sedate, aggressive, big eater etc. I think you're fine from what you've posted. Not knowing what the relative sizes are for all 7, keep in mind that aggression can become an issue in that size tank. It may not manifest itself at all, but it's a good possibility as they all settle into the space. And that space may end being a little tight for all 7 at some point for them to grow to proper size and shape.

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Thanks angelo
He definitely is the king of the tank. He is also part of a pair. Im getting a 75 gallon tank at the end of the month to accommodate the 7. The sizes vary from quarter size the the alpha and hes not quite as big as the palm of my hand
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You're very welcome. That's a pretty big size range. I'm pretty certain that one or more will get the short end of the "Size Stick" and remain on the smallish side. If you can pull it off, consider running both tanks (I know, easy for me to suggest) and leave the pair in the 56. You should see more uniform growth from the newer ones and they would stand a much better chance of getting to the size of the alpha male you have now.

It kind of goes along with what happens when you raise an entire spawn. They just don't grow at the same rate. So that if you have the time and patience to split the little ones that are visibly growing at different rates, you'll find that some of the smaller ones will "catch up" when re-homed. It's an issue of metabolic waste.

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Thanks angelo
Unfortunately im trading the 56 for the 75. The good news is that none of the angle like the same food so they all get plenty of food ;-)
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