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post #11 of 53 Old 08-12-2010, 08:13 PM
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Have you performed a water change? Fry are extremely fragile and any pollutants in the water can cause issues. If water parameters are okay, perhaps you may want to add a gentle air stone. It's hard to say why some fry might be hanging out at the top. Are there floating plants in the tank? Maybe they feel more secure if there are. What size tank do you have the parents and fry in?
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post #12 of 53 Old 08-12-2010, 08:17 PM
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By the way, did you start a brine shrimp hatchery or feeding frozen? Mine feed from the First Bites just fine but I know live brine shrimp are probably better for them.
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post #13 of 53 Old 08-12-2010, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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They are in a 29g with the parents. I am feeding them live baby brine shrimp. The parents seem to want them to stay by their side, because they go up to the top and suck up 5 or 6 fry and take them down to the bottom to spit them back out. They swim around the parents some, then go back up to the top.
BTW do you like my new profile pic? I just took it a few minutes ago. It took forever to get all those fish still enough that they weren't blurs!

RIP fire eel
why did you think it was a good idea to keep going over the top of the tank
when you realized you couldn't breathe outside water?
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post #14 of 53 Old 08-13-2010, 09:43 AM
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Yes, the parents will always want the babies close to them. Even though they are the only two i nthe tank with the fry, they will always want them close.

Make sure you do a partial water change frequently. You will naturally lose some fry (survival of the fittest) who will usually sink to the bottom and you don't want dead fry and uneaten food sitting in the water. One technique to protect the fry is to take air line tubing and a wire coat hanger with a loop on the end and wrap the air line tubing around the airline tubing and start a siphon. This way you can suck up dead fry and uneaten food without hurting the fry. If a live fry does get caught in it, you can easily scoop him out and put him back inthe tank.

Your profile picture is hard to see because it is only so big. Can you post it on this thread so I can see it?
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post #15 of 53 Old 08-13-2010, 09:57 AM
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Here's the explanation on the siphon if you haven't already seen this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fs6lhBn6V0
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post #16 of 53 Old 08-13-2010, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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This afternoon all of the fry were gone. This morning only half of them were left. I hope the parents care for them better the next time.

At least all of the grown up angelfish got live brine shrimp for dinner (the group I have now will be too big for fry by the next spawn).

I don't know why I can't see my new profile pic.

Ok, now I can. I'm working on getting it bigger.

RIP fire eel
why did you think it was a good idea to keep going over the top of the tank
when you realized you couldn't breathe outside water?

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post #17 of 53 Old 08-13-2010, 06:57 PM
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Do you have all your Angels in one tank or the parents separate?? I believe you separated the parents from the rest of the group. It is perfectly normal for the parents to eat their first few spawns. I'm sure they'll get better. All my fry were gone yesterday evening. They were in a community tank and my husband said when he went to feed the fry for me that the tetras ganged up on them so the mom ate a lot of them before any other fish could. That is something very common. The Angelfish would rather eat their own babies then have another fish eat them. My fry will never survive in my current tank. I'm considering buying a grow out tank for future spawns, but still up in the air as to whether I want to start raising fry or not. I was not expecting my 2 Angels to pair up like they did. The chances are pretty low with only two fish. First, getting a male and female out of only two, and second, having them pair up. Got lucky I guess.
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post #18 of 53 Old 08-20-2010, 02:47 AM
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If either of you have another spawn I'm looking for baby angels (or will be soon). I know you're pretty far away Lisa. I'm in Portland, OR, but I don't know where you are Freddy.

I'd happily pay for a group of five. Especially the black ones.

30g SE Asian Tank
15 Lambchop Rasbora
2 Gold White Cloud Minnows
3 Dwarf Chain Loaches
2 Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami

55g Amazon Tank
2 Wild Type Angels
1 Marble Angel
1 Black Angel
1 Koi Angel
2 Bolivian Rams
14 Pristella Tetra
10 Dwarf Pencilfish
2-3 Twig Catfish (to come)
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post #19 of 53 Old 08-20-2010, 09:45 AM
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Unfortunately, unless I set up another tank my fry will never make it to adulthood. The fry are way too tempting for my other fish in the tank and with their slow growth rate, I doubt any would ever make to become large enough to be safe.
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post #20 of 53 Old 08-20-2010, 03:29 PM
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It's okay. Just know I'm in the market if somebody defies the odds.

30g SE Asian Tank
15 Lambchop Rasbora
2 Gold White Cloud Minnows
3 Dwarf Chain Loaches
2 Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami

55g Amazon Tank
2 Wild Type Angels
1 Marble Angel
1 Black Angel
1 Koi Angel
2 Bolivian Rams
14 Pristella Tetra
10 Dwarf Pencilfish
2-3 Twig Catfish (to come)
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