Introducing new fish

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ok on sunday i got three new dwarf angles.
A stunning black dwarf
A very nice rusty dwarf
A smallish yellow or lemon dwarf.

I introduced them but the resident bristle tooth tang has taken exception to the yellow dwarf and was constantly hammering him. He almost gave up trying to get away, so i slipped him out the tank and placed him in sump, fed him, acclimatised him and helped him thru the shock of the move and the nasty bristle tooth.

after 3 days i reintroduced him, and he was very strong fins out, defensive and fighting back much better, but being hounded by the bristle tooth again.

three questions.
Are they likely to accept each other?
Do i leave them to sort it out?
Do i try catch the bristle tooth, let the lemon dwarf angle set up teritory and then later introduce the bristle tooth again?
 

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Try them for a day or two and if still not getting along, take it back to the LFS and swap it for something else.
 

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Else put the bristle tooth in your sump for a while ;)
 

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matt my worry is i have warr and his non reefer for dinner tomorrow night, he's gonna want to put it in his tank! NOT gonna happen! that slug will kill everything....tick tick tick
 

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ok by far the hadest of the three to do, but the one i did try to start. i will watch for a little while and see. the yellow was far cockier this morn which was good
 

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If you can't catch the bristletooth, then place a large mirror against the glass, this might distract the bristletooth - this does work with most aggressive fish.
 

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I have a better idea, put the Tang in my tank and let my Mean Tangs sort that baby bristle out ;)

PS: My slug is the coolest creature around. His filter-feeder tentacles go mad when feeding coral frenzy.
 

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ok, the poor little yellow dwarf did his best, flared his fins stood his ground but that bristle tooth was having none of it. The sailfin does try break it up but that bristle tooth is mean. For now the lemon dwarf is sump-side with lots of spare LR and some algae, so he can relax get fat and healthy and wait a little while.

then in a few weeks or so I have to rescape (and get rid of two massive bulldozing hermits!) and add new layer of substrate. At this time bristle will be caught and subsided, lemon introduced for a few weeks and then the bristle can come back up (AND behave!) or else i will have to split them.

But this seems the best plan at the mo.

weeman thats a good idea, i just think it will confuse lots of other fellas too, so i will just keep them in seperate places for now.....

warr NOT A BLOODY CHANCE!
 

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weeman thats a good idea, i just think it will confuse lots of other fellas too, so i will just keep them in seperate places for now.....

The mirror is a tried and tested method, keep it in mind, none of the other fish are being aggressive, so no dramas there.;)
 

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its sounds like a great idea actually. I battled in my youth ( not that I am as old as weeman) with keeping a siamies fighter alive in the one little tank i had, everything else (fish wise) did really well. Turned out to be a reflection in the afternoon of the tank off a pane of glass and he would bash himself up over it.

Moved the tank and bred from him for years:)

i just think with me being able to get the yellow fella out easily (not too much fight left in him!:( ) i will sump side him and get hime HUGE so he eats the bristle tooth. Ok so he is a dwarfs angle but the idea is there......
 

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