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post #1 of 10 Old 01-29-2010, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Angelfish breeding behavior?

If the angelfish are about to lay eggs do they get more aggressive/hungry? I saw one of my angels with an otto in it's mouth, but the otto got away thankfully. One angel will eat so much it's belly looks like it's going to pop! If they pair up can the male tell that the female is pregnant with eggs? What other kind of behavior should I expect? I had some angels before that would have eggs but that was years ago and I don't remember any special behavior on there part.
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-30-2010, 07:22 AM
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I don't think they necessarily get hungrier. Thay should always appear hungry. They will begin lip locking and tail slapping. They will also claim a part of the tank for themselves. The male should know when the female is egg bound and they will lay thier eggs on a flat surface usually a leaf.
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post #3 of 10 Old 01-30-2010, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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OK, well I did see them lip lock one time. Not sure about tail slapping, I have never seen what that looks like but I'm pretty sure I have not seen them do that yet. It does seem that they are usually in one particular area but do still roam around the tank too.
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-30-2010, 01:14 PM
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Here's a video I found of angelfish going through the emotions of mating.

YouTube - Angelfish Mating Behavior
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post #5 of 10 Old 01-30-2010, 11:57 PM
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My female angel is alone. But I can tell whenever she is about to lay eggs because she starts cleaning a spot very vigorously. She gets a bit more aggressive and chases the other fish away from the spot she has chosen (on the filter uptake tube most of the time). Also, her egg tube (ovipositor) will be out and very easy to see.

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post #6 of 10 Old 01-31-2010, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Cool, thanks. I have seen this kind of behavior. I think they are doing it right now actually. I guess I didn't know what I was looking at before.

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Here's a video I found of angelfish going through the emotions of mating.

YouTube - Angelfish Mating Behavior
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-31-2010, 07:31 AM
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Cool well good luck with your fish. Angelfish were the first cichlid I bred succesfully and there is nothing cooler than seeing two parents hovering and protecting a cloud of small fry.
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-31-2010, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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I agree. The other I had never had eggs that hatched.
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-01-2010, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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OK, I think that I see this, what does it look like? I see a little something that looks like it could be a ovipositor. Something is sticking out slightly.

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My female angel is alone. But I can tell whenever she is about to lay eggs because she starts cleaning a spot very vigorously. She gets a bit more aggressive and chases the other fish away from the spot she has chosen (on the filter uptake tube most of the time). Also, her egg tube (ovipositor) will be out and very easy to see.
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-14-2010, 09:35 AM
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Sexing Angelfish

Although I know it's next to impossible to sex an angelfish unless they are breeding are there any slight indications. I have one angel and just got another about 1/3 it's size. Initially when I put the smaller angel in the tank it hid alot due to the larger fish nipping and intimidating the little one. That only lasted a day and now, other than a little "get out of my way" from the large angel, they get along just fine. The little one has started following the big one around. I only know that I have either two girls or a boy and a girl???
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