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Old 07/02/2009, 03:48 PM   #1
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Keeping more than one emperor angelfish together

Has it been done in the home tank? I thought I remembered seeing it done on RC before....

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Old 07/02/2009, 08:51 PM   #2
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I'm fairly certain that Copps has done it or has a pair currently. It's not a common thing to do but I believe it has been done (in a LARGE tank).

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Old 07/02/2009, 09:04 PM   #3
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Well, then I will await his response. I'd love to see what he has to say.

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Old 07/02/2009, 09:28 PM   #4
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Yes it most defintely can be done.

There are a couple of things you need.

1) The new emperor has to be conditioned for a while prior to attempting the intriduction to the existing fish. That means a solid 8-10 weeks or more in QT.
2) I would suggest a way to block off the new addition in the tank once added. I have seen everything from an acrylic container that the new fish is placed in and the others cannot bother it, to tupperware, to egg crate.
3) best chance of adding 2 together is one adult coloration and one juvinile coloration.
4) Your adult emperor will have to play nice...because as we all know...large emperors (like my 10") dont like other fish period.

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Old 07/03/2009, 12:07 AM   #5
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Would this be likely to work with 2 juvies both about 2" in size?

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Old 07/03/2009, 07:49 AM   #6
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Scott Michael talks about pairing emps in his angelfish book and he listed a 180 gallon as a minimum tank size. I would think if you were successful in pairing and raising to adulthood a pair of emps you would need a very large tank in the end.

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Old 07/03/2009, 10:30 AM   #7
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Reason I ask is because I was at the lfs and helping give a fw dip to an emp with obvious flukes on its eyes and admiring its colors. The one I have is about 6.5 or 7", the one I was treating was 5.5".

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Old 07/03/2009, 08:44 PM   #8
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Hey Dan, check this thread out...


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