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    Default My angelfish at war?


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    Or possibly a mating ritual???? In the last picture, you can see a very small projection of their sex organ but I can't tell the difference. Both are so small.

    My thoughts was the one largest one is the male. His head is redder, he's the largest of the two and has a larger hump on his head but this is all I get from these two.
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    "locking lips" is a mating/territorial thing with Cichlids. My male Kribs would do it when they were fighting, but they also did it as part of mating. It's more of a dominance thing then a mating thing, so it is not a sure indicator of the sexes of the fish.
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    I keep hearing this but gosh, this goes on for ages until I give up and separate them again. I will put them back together and leave it be for a while as long as no damage is being done. You'd think their lips would hurt after awhile!

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    I have fish loose bits of lip, but nothing serious and it always heals. I had one Nic who kept trying to lip lock with my Torpedo Barb and ended up taking the barb's nose off. If they aren't hurting or stressing each other, I would leave them :) Who knows, it could be fun. Like fishie wrestling :)
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    I know this isn't really helping, but those are beautiful angels

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    I'm with Ed...those are 2 wonderful angelfish

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    Beautiful pics Hobbs, too bad they're fighting in them though. My angels fight for ages too. Last night I also discovered how my female injured her mouth. It was definitely a fighting injury, she was vigorously locking lips with her mate for about 5 minutes, the whole fight lasted about half an hour. By the end of it her mouth was open and skew again, and her gills were flared :(
    So now at least i know for sure how it happened.

    So anyway, good to hear you keep a close eye on them when they fight. Are these the two you had separated for so long?

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    Thanks guys but AGAIN they are separated after a two hour struggle. The smallest of the two was actually either sinking to the bottom of the tank or floating to the top she was so plum worn out.

    I just can't do it to these fish and don't want the injuries to them. The smallest of the them had swollen, chewed up lips and a bite on her nose. I have 7 more angels growing up and will see how they do together.

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    I love angels, but I won't keep them anymore. If you have one, they pick on their tankmates, if you have two, they fight. I had 3 angels in with smaller fish and they were all aggressive with the smaller fish, when I moved them in with bigger fish, they turned on each other. I finally traded them in for 2 Oscars. That ended badly too.
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    I've actually had the opposite experience with Angelfish. Granted mine is pretty small (little more than 2 inches), he gets nipped and picked on by........CARDINAL tetras. I was hoping his semi-aggressive behaviour would encourage the cardinals to shoal. He does pick at one of the platies every once in a while during feeding times, though

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