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DanMarion 10-13-2012 10:33 PM

Angelfish eggs! Woot! Now what?
My Angelfish have finally paired off and spawned!!!! I've moved the other Angels and the Black Skirt Tetras out of that tank and into another. Anything else I should do at this point, or just wait and see? Its a 55G, planted. 1 Bristlenose Pleco, 12 Julii Corys, and a bunch of snails. ( And a mating pair of angelfish!!!!!)

j dizzel 10-13-2012 11:42 PM

Congrats. I will be a first timer if my angels ever pair off. From what i have read most folks remove the eggs to another tank, others take the chance and let the parents raise them. You run the risk of first time parenting, they may not know what to do or even worst eat them. The choice is yours how you want to play it. I am thinking the tank should only contain the eggs or the eggs and the parents only, no other fish.

fish monger 10-14-2012 09:53 AM

How are they acting so far ? Are they guarding the eggs and fanning them to keep fresh water flowing over them ? If so, you might want to see what happens and let them and you learn from experience. If the eggs hatch and the parents don't eat the fry, that's great. If you notice the fry population going down, it's probably the parents and you might want to remove them. None of the rest of the fish are real hunters of live prey. Any interference at this point will only upset the parents and cause them to either eat or ignore the eggs. You might want to start a batch of baby brine shrimp if you can. Even if the eggs don't hatch, the other fish will love them.

DanMarion 10-19-2012 06:30 PM

Yes, they were guarding the eggs. Quite fiercely, actually. They were fanning them as well. They've eaten them though. I have read that it is common for Angelfish to do this with their first spawn. I guess I'll have to wait and see what happens next time.

SeaHorse 10-19-2012 07:21 PM

Now that the other fish inhabitants are removed maybe it will be a calmer 2nd batch. I think they come quite frequently... like weekly. Keep us posted.

DanMarion 10-19-2012 07:48 PM

Yes, I will. I had the same thought. Maybe they got stressed out when I netted the other fish out of there. I've read that they will spawn anywhere from once a week to once every 6 weeks. Anyone have any experience on the matter who could narrow it down more? I'd like to know when I should be looking to get a brine shrimp kit.

djembekah 10-19-2012 08:41 PM

you might just keep brine shrimp hatchery materials around at any time if you're hoping to raise a spawn. and other first foods. lots of times here and in the betta forum, people are selling cultures :)

my pair just spawned earlier this week too! they also ate their eggs, but i'm super excited to see what happens with them next :)

DanMarion 11-15-2012 05:40 PM

Well, they've spawned again, and this time I have fry. They aren't free-swimming yet, I just noticed eyes yesterday. Both parents are being super protective of them. One even moves the fry from leaf to leaf occasionally. And when one or more fall, the parents rush to scoop them up in their mouths and place them back on the leaf. (Coolest thing I've ever seen)

When do I start feeding the fry? I've read that its a few days after the are free swimming. Anything more specific to watch for?

I tried to take a picture, and its not happening with my cameraphone. I'll have to find the cable for the camera.

DanMarion 11-16-2012 08:07 PM

Still don't know where that cable is, but here's the best I could do with my cameraphone:

DanMarion 11-16-2012 08:14 PM

Still don't know where the cable is, but here's the best I can do with my phone:

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