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post #1 of 6 Old 06-10-2009, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all,

I recently lost one of my angel fish, due to a vicious attack from the other two. They seem to have paired up. Based on this I looked into telling whether they were male & female. I think they are, based on one of them being darker on the head and a very slight bump.
This morning I came down to find they had laid a set of eggs on a leaf in the tank which they are fanning and guarding. They both appear to be doing a good job, but the eggs do not look as if they have been fertillised.
Not sure whether to remove the leaf or not, as I dont have the room for lots of new fishies.
Any guidance from anyone with experiance would be gratefully apprieciated.


100 Litre tall open topped tank

2 angel fish (~4")
5 neon tetra (~1")
1 clown loach (~3")
1 dragon goby (~8")

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-10-2009, 10:57 AM
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Hi there, Congrats!

what's the colour of the eggs? if it's whitish, than the eggs are dead. If they still have the transparent look, than it's alive. If you really removed the eggs, they will spawn again pretty soon. I'll say let mother nature do the job, if the eggs are dead, they will eat up da eggs. you don't have to remove them. if they hatched, maybe not many will survive since they are leaving in a community tank. Some might be eaten up. :)
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-10-2009, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I would have done just that, but I cut the leaf out when I got back this evening as I thought there was only one egg left. Turns out it was one white egg. The rest are still fine. I have placed the leaf in a floating breeding thingy. Hopefully once hatched not too many will be lost by swimming through the gaps. The filter water is running into it, which should keep them well aerated. Though the angels seem very upset and have started circling the box.
Is leaving the leaf in the box the right thing to do, or should I try placing the leaf back?
The only reason I have left it in the box at the mo is that I thought they would be easier to feed if they were left there. I dont think they would survive too well with the dragon goby sifting his way through the gravel at night.
Im panicing over this, tho I know I prob shouldnt... daft arent I :(

If they hatch, what do I feed them??
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-10-2009, 09:10 PM
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I think that's one of the way to protect the eggs in a community tank from being eaten by other fish. But i'm not sure how effective this method is, though I seen some people doing it, maybe it would be much easier to harvest the fries when they hatch :)

Supposedly the parents will care the fry when they hatched. And that's a lovely moment to watch :), but now, I don't think that will happen since you hae saparate the eggs.

Anyway, you don't have to feed the fry the first few days. They will cling on the substrate and feed on their yolk sac. After they begin free swimming, that where they will need to be fed. At this time, feed them newly hatched brine shrimp.

Arr.....I don't have pics to show you, but I found quite an informative site, have a look :)
Angelfish Breeding:* This site contains information for breeding and spawning angelfish fry.

Wish you great success
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-11-2009, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you!!
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-11-2009, 05:11 AM
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No problem, let us know how you did :)
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