08-23-2010, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by LisaC144
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?