Originally Posted by Chesherca
AWWWW!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so exciting! I hope they continue to be good parents, and that they don't consider eating their babies to be 'good.' Never had angels, but from what I've read. . . don't they like to move their babies shortly after they hatch? Hopefully they will. Don't know why it is, but they do seem to be fond of laying their eggs on those filters. . . *shakes head*
Still! SUPER exciting!!! I hope they do great and grow, grow, grow!!! Will you keep some of them if they make it!?
They pick them up and move them up the filter tube if they slip down, but they haven't moved to a new location. Perhaps they will, and they'll need to likely if they want to save most of them ;)
The issue I see coming up is we don't have live foods for them (baby brine shrimp) and I highly doubt there is enough natural food in the tank to support that many fry.
If, by some miracle of nature, some survive I may keep 1 or 2 but that largely depends on how the other angels react. They do not do well with new additions, but perhaps they'll tollerate the fry since they are a more gradual appearance rather than sudden introduction. I also do not know how long the parents will protect and guard the fry.
Right now, they are tiny taste live snacks for every single fish in the tank... fry don't often make it in community tanks ;)
If I ever complete the fantasies in my head for building a fish room in my basement, I'd probably buy a 40B during Petco's $1/gallon sales and consider moving this mated pair over so they can be alone (with a sponge filter and not a cansiter ;) ). I have to check with the cities building inspector to see if I'd even be allowed to finish a room (non-bedroom) in the basement since my stair case does not meet code (too small of a landing in the basement, and not enough headroom at the bottom of the stairs).