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Old 08-20-2010, 07:32 PM   #21
 
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Oh, I was hoping at least one would survive. Ever since I found my baby platy I think it's possible for fry not to get eaten. I hope that somebody makes it through next time around.
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:02 AM   #22
 
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I was right. There was yet another clutch of eggs last night when I got hone from work. We'll see his long this spawn lasts. As usual, the parents are going a great job of protecting their eggs.
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:10 AM   #23
 
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Good luck, baby fish!
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:08 AM   #24
 
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Amazing videos Lisa. It must be sort of heartbreaking that none of the babies make it. Is it time to buy a new tank to move the Angels to so the babies can make it to a safe size? I can see where this could get costly. Maybe selling angel babies will pay for your new tank? :)
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Old 08-22-2010, 12:54 AM   #25
 
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You could just grab a couple of 5g tanks for spawning purposes. Since the angels like to move their eggs around get a flower pot of a piece of slate in the main tank. They'll move them there sooner or later and then you can pull everybody out.

This is especially economical if you have a couple of small HOB filters free. Which you probably don't. I just wouldn't be able to watch the babies get eaten every time.
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:29 AM   #26
 
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You could just grab a couple of 5g tanks for spawning purposes. Since the angels like to move their eggs around get a flower pot of a piece of slate in the main tank. They'll move them there sooner or later and then you can pull everybody out.

This is especially economical if you have a couple of small HOB filters free. Which you probably don't. I just wouldn't be able to watch the babies get eaten every time.

Or maybe you could get a 10-20 gallon tank with a few live plants and a sponge filter in it for when they are ready to spawn again. Can you tell we are all rooting for these little guys?
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:29 AM   #27
 
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Thats so great! I wish they made it though
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:36 AM   #28
 
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Here's the thing, friends. Either option (getting them their own larger tank just for them, or a 20g breeding tank to move the fry into) all resorts back to the same issue. These Angels will now breed for the rest of their lives. So:
1). If I get them their own tank (perhaps a 50g tall hex), they will breed and raise their fry, Then breed again. The fry should be taken away from their parents about 25 days after becoming free-swimming, because once the fry are large enough, the parents will breed again. This would mean a 3rd smaller tank to move the fry into until they grow out. The parents then breed again. Where do I put the 2nd spawn? A 4th tank? As you can see, if can get out of hand in just a few short months.
2). Get a small breeding tank. Same issue. Remove the fry from the community tank and raise them in a 'grow out tank'? Two weeks after the fry are removed, the parents spawn again.

It's a vicious cycle of spawning. This is where my dilemma is.
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:49 AM   #29
 
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Here's the thing, friends. Either option (getting them their own larger tank just for them, or a 20g breeding tank to move the fry into) all resorts back to the same issue. These Angels will now breed for the rest of their lives. So:
1). If I get them their own tank (perhaps a 50g tall hex), they will breed and raise their fry, Then breed again. The fry should be taken away from their parents about 25 days after becoming free-swimming, because once the fry are large enough, the parents will breed again. This would mean a 3rd smaller tank to move the fry into until they grow out. The parents then breed again. Where do I put the 2nd spawn? A 4th tank? As you can see, if can get out of hand in just a few short months.
2). Get a small breeding tank. Same issue. Remove the fry from the community tank and raise them in a 'grow out tank'? Two weeks after the fry are removed, the parents spawn again.

It's a vicious cycle of spawning. This is where my dilemma is.
Same thing here on my end, Lisa. My spawning Discus are laying eggs every seven days. They are like clock work, after every water change they spawn. Luckily for me they are more mellow than Angels as far as guarding any eggs. The one time they laid in an inconvenient part of the tank (where most of the other fish like to hang out, smack in the middle) I had no choice but to squish the eggs in order to maintain the peace.

I'm told that at some point my mated pair will take a few months break from this spawning behavior. Is it the same way for Angels?
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:56 AM   #30
 
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I'm told that at some point my mated pair will take a few months break from this spawning behavior. Is it the same way for Angels?
Exactly my question. I can see it would be a pain to take care of every spawn but I just feel bad for your Angels. Do they ever take a break or do they just keep doing what they do best? Either way its pretty great that you have a pair.
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