Surprise Angelfish Spawn @_@
So basically, I rescued/adopted a couple of angelfish (and some other fish, all together in a 5 gallon tank). Didn't know their genders, always saw them chasing each other and stuff, thought they were just aggressive, didn't think the odds were in my favor that i had ended up with a pair.
Obviously I was wrong. I noticed one of the angels chasing danios today, and I thought it was probably hunting them. My two albino zebra danios and a leopard danio had disappeared recently, so i assumed they were snacks, since they weren't as big as my regular zebra danios. I though maybe the angel had just gotten a bigger appetite or something. I finally took a good look at the tank, and HOLY COW ALL OVER THE FILTER!!!
So my problem is this: since Papa Fish is being aggressive to at least the zebra danios, and fiercely guarding his brood of eggs, I know I need to move most if not all the other tank members. My biggest problem is space, so I think i need to make some plans to either rehome to a less than ideal tank, or rehome to entirely different people.
Honestly, it wont kill me if the fry dont make it, but I also hate to scrape them and toss them. But I also want to keep all my fish. AND now that I know i have a breeding pair, I wonder if I should keep them if they're going to spawn again, or sell them so I have my community back. A lot of hard decisions need to be made.
Any helpful tips would be GREAT. if you think I could leave my bottom feeders, like the cories and plecos, that'd be a great relief. They are some of my favorite fish in that whole tank. I could semi happily rehome my danios and my swordtails but i'd hate to give up my pleco and cories. I just have so little tank space, i don't know what to do.
Plumkin, one of our members bred his angels and he had a 75 Gal grow out tank...just for the fry there were that many!! Haven't seen him on here in a long time. But he did post a long thread with lots of pics and videos. Do a search on his name but I think this is one of them.
He used to breed Discus too.
Okay. So it looks like my eggs have been eaten. But I'm still concerned about more spawns in the future. Its time to research! Thanks Jakie :)
Hey Bekah!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Such wonderful news - those angels are so much happier now that they're under your care! It sounds like the eggs vanishing may have been a bit of a sad blessing, but I'm sure they'll do it again - and hopefully, you'll be able to be better prepared the next time around! Three cheers for happy fish!
I am very pleased to know they are happy! I have gotten a lot of help from people, so I have a good idea of what i need for if they spawn again. I'm going to pick up a spare 29 gallon (there's another $20 one at the thrift store), some filter sponges, a spawning slate, air pump, a few other things. Not sure if I can set something up right now though. For the future though, like WHEN i have my own place...i hope i still have my pair by then!
I want your thrift shop... :)
me too girl.
Ugh. I'm starting to think I might need to temporarily rehome the angels, or even sell them. Since they're a pair, its just a matter of time before they spawn again, and i'm worried about the other fish. I can get that extra 29 no problem, i just have literally no other place in my house that I could put another 29 gallon tank- I was trying to downsize my tanks, not get another big tank!! xD
I'm also considering giving away a few of my female bettas, or all of them, I dunno. Tank space and living space is really confusing. I don't know what to do.
I want my angels, i want my bettas, i want my catfish. I just dont know how to go about all that while i still live at home.
LOL! I hear ya, I have the same problem and have my own house! Too many tanks... :) I'd rather have one massive one, though! You'll figure it out, I'm sure!
i dont want to give anyone up but it might come to that
they are at it again :) still have the 3 danios and the two swordtails though. they will probably munch on eggs.
also i still dont have space to raise a spawn. makes me happy they're happy enough to do it though! they must appreciate the plants :)
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