SO a few days ago my angels spawned for the third time. Momma angel was being VERY VERY protective of the eggs- i'm not even sure she let the male over to fertilize them. He was kinda being shy in the corner. She also chased the lone danio i couldn't catch away. She was NOT letting anyone have those things.
Next morning I get up and check to see if the eggs were still there. They were gone, as I expected they would be. I got a good look at the female, and she looked (still looks) like something beat the hell out of her. scrapes and scratches and big chunks of scales missing on her. I don't really think it was the male because he's never been THAT rough with her that I've seen.
Now, there are other fish in this tank. The lone danio i mentioned, whom i couldn't catch, cories, and a bristlenose pleco. it's 29 gallon, with plants growing (not as heavily as i'd like but i'm in the process of fixing that). The pair of angels, if you've read my other threads, were given to me by someone who kept them with a swordtail and a bronze cory in a 5 gallon tank. These angels have been full grown since I received them. I put them in the 29, not even knowing they were a pair. thankfully they are, and get along relatively well. as well as a pair of cichlids do.
They place their eggs on the internal filter every time they spawn. Sometimes the bristlenose will hang out on the back of that. I remember the first time they spawned, he was right on the other side of the filter from the lovebirds. Apparently the day after the first spawn, my mother saw him on the side of the filter where the eggs were, having a snack. Angels far away as they could be, forgetting they had eggs at all.
situation though, I did NOT see the pleco near the angels or the eggs. What i'd like to know, is if the pleco wanted the eggs for breakfast, and my female angel was feeling especially protective of this spawn, is it probable that the pleco attacked my female, and she tried to fight back? i've never seen the pleco act aggressive, except for one time i was moving his driftwood around and he swam out and swatted me. Otherwise i'd assume it was the male angel in some "I WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN MY KIDS' LIFE" attack.
and another question. if you had this situation, would you continue to house this mated pair of angels in your 29 gallon, or would you try to rehome them with a breeder with better means to house a mated pair of angels?
thank you muchly!