FYI, a fish stores will not be able to distinguish a female vs. a male angelfish...trust me! I just bought 3 adult angelfish from a breeder and even he couldn't distinguish male from female. You can't be certain it seems until they spawn. And if they're not fully grown, it's impossible to tell. In fact, I would have SWORN that one of my angelfish was a male...but then she spawned eggs. I was convinced she was a male for several months, turned out I was wrong.
As far as breeding them goes, there's ALOT of work that goes into it. I was just reading a post on the angelfish forum (angelfish.net) about someone who was successfully breeding angelfish for a while, so he knew what he was doing. All of a sudden his fry is dying off at a certain stage and the possible causes to this seem endless. I personally pull the eggs because I don't have what it takes to raise fry. I know alot of people will argue that angelfish make great parents, but they're held in captivity so you have to be very involved in the process and for providing perfect conditions so that they survive.
And one last note if you are going to try breeding. If you buy 3 of the same type of angelfish from the same batch, you most probably will be interbreeding them. The breeder that I bought my fish from was telling me about some of the issues that arise from relentless interbreeding (even physical characteristics). Just some food for thought.
BTW, bristlenose plecos are supposed to be better for angelfish as opposed to common plecos. If your angelfish lay eggs however, you'll have to move the eggs into a breeding tank because the plecos and other fish may have caviar when the lights go out.
Last edited by artgalnj; 08-26-2009 at 07:26 AM..