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post #1 of 2 Old 11-09-2011, 02:54 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy after laying eggs, angels turned on each other

yesterday i was very, VERY excited after my second pair of angels had layed eggs, about 1 hour after the female had started attacking the male, what can i do to help ....should i take the aggresssive female out or leave her and take the male out and put him in his own tank ????....i know they will be fertalized because i saw both parests goin over the eggs ????

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post #2 of 2 Old 11-09-2011, 01:40 PM
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Cichlids, depending upon species, often have one parent that guards the eggs/fry and the second defends the general territory. Each fish can be somewhat different, and sometimes the parent guarding the eggs decides that the other should be driven from the area. I went through this with the Bolivian Ram, first spawning the female guarded the eggs and tore into the male like you wouldn't imagine; second spawning, it was different. Angelfish are notorious for not being successful for the first spawnings of a young pair, often eating the eggs/fry themselves, point here is that it may take them a few trys to get it all down correct. All this is natural behaviour. With sufficient space for the male (in this case) to "disappear" it should be OK.


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