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Angels behaving badly...

I really wanted Discus but the expense of a funeral if one dies keeps me from buying them so I got six Angels instead.

Day one: They ate 13 out of 19 guppy fry. Leaving the bigges/smartest ones.

Day two: One 1 out of 10 guppies has nibbled tails.

Day three: I don't know what to expect but they might go back to the LFS.

I know they are Cichlids and behave as such but I must admit I was fooled.

If they turn on my plants then they are really going.
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I know they are Cichlids and behave as such but I must admit I was fooled.
Fooled by who? If it moves and will fit in their mouths, they will eat it. I enjoyed feeding guppy fry to my angels - it really perked them up! If the bigger guppies can play keep away for a while, the angels lose interest and mostly leave them alone - unless they are silly enough to swim across a large open part of the tank just before feeding time! Once I actually had to remove a ghost shrimp from the throat of one of my angels as he couldn't swallow it!

They only rarely bothered my plants - H. polysperma leaves were occasionally picked off and of course they like to spawn on sword leaves.

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If it moves and will fit in their mouths, they will eat it.
I got small penny and nickel sized Angels hoping they would eat some but not all of the fry.

It just worked too well.

I just hope the Angels and I can come to an understanding.
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Ralph, you may be in for trouble, on a nice healthy diet of fish food and baby guppies they won't be that size for long.

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And they're not behaving badly... They're behave as they should.. Guppies are food!


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Guppies are food!
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And they're not behaving badly... They're behave as they should.. Guppies are food!
Yeah. I know, I know.

My plans were to establish a decent guppy population that will not overrun my tank.

Do I still have a chance???
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sorry -my angels regularly get guppy fry to keep their populations under control. Mine like to nibble on my difformis a bit but not real bad. Also ate my Neons not quite sure how as they were pretty big but since thy're gone that's what I have to assume.
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Also ate my Neons
I just bought 20 neons last week.

How big do the have to get before they munch on the neons.

My Angels are about the size of a nickel right now.

I think I am getting myself some Discus for Christmas giving the Angels away.
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I have 2 full size angels that are in my 55g with neons and never had them go after them. Did have lots of guppies but those seemed to disaper for some reason But others have had problems with neons beting eaten

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Once you've kept guppies for six months or more you'll want to give those Angelfish a big kiss for their help in keeping the populations in check!

Ps. Discus are cichlids too; do you really think they won't nibble on guppy fry?
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Ps. Discus are cichlids too; do you really think they won't nibble on guppy fry?
I got Anglefish because I thought they would look cool in a 24 inch tall tank.

I really like Discus but found the cost prohibitive.

It is not so much the $100/pair cost but how much of a dumba** I will feel like if one day I don't have time for the tank and one or both die.

They say average American get 3 hours of TV a day.

I'm lucky if I get 3 hours a week.
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mine only ate the new ones which were a lot smaller. My Full size neon are fine with them. the Angels are about the size of a soda can round with out the fins.
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