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"I have had my Lepo for about 6 months, and in that time it has grown considerably. I caught him eating one of my neon tetras, with another one missing an eye a few weeks later. Since then, I decided to quit adding fish to the tank and everyone has seemed to live in harmony. But last night, as soon as I turned off the light off I noticed the Lepo came out from inside his statue and started literally attacking my big beautiful Angel fish over and over! I was so outraged I lifted the lid door and slammed it down to scare him off. It worked and by the time I went to bed I hadn't noticed any more attacks. But when I woke up my Angel was near death. ALL of his beautiful flowing fins were chewed off and he was more white than black because either of stress or his scales being eaten off. I pulled him out of the tank to a bucket to try to nurse him back to health but it's still touch and go. My question is, why would the Lepo suddenly go after another large dominant fish? I've had them about the same length of time and they have never bothered each other. My tank is a 20 gallon extra high, with 1 Gourami, 1 Angel, 1 Lepo, 1 Neon Tetra, 1 Zebra Danio, and 1 Pleco. It has been a fairly harmonized tank until now so I just can't figure out what to do. I really like the look of my Lepo but not at the expense of the other fish. Thanks for your help! "

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