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Julie's Julies 10-12-2008 09:56 PM

Angel what?
The coolest thing happened in my established 29-gallon: one of my two angels laid eggs! So I have a few questions since this is the first time I've ever experienced anything like this.

Does this mean that one angel is male and the other female, or would the female have laid eggs regardless of the presence or absense of the male?

Is the angel that's guarding the eggs the female, or does the male take over once the eggs are laid?

How can I discern whether or not these eggs are even fertile?

Should I remove the other occupants (1 male swordtail, one male platty, and one albino cory) from the tank during the gestation if indeed they are viable?

Will the angels or any other fish in the tank eat the eggs or the babies if any hatch?

Sorry for the barrage of questions, but I am excited, especially since she laid them on a horizontal leaf (it's a sparsely planted tank) rather than on the vertical heater as I have read many angels do. I'm not overly interested in having millions of baby angels, but if they are capable of hatching, I'd like to give them a chance to do so.


Cody 10-12-2008 10:04 PM


Here are some links you may want to read:
Breeding Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) (This one is more detailed and helpful IMO).

Angelfish Breeding, Mating and Raising Angelfish |

Sounds like a lot of work, but good luck. :)

Amphitrite 10-13-2008 12:15 AM

Congratulations Julie! Good luck with them, let us know how you get on :)

Julie's Julies 10-13-2008 11:47 AM

Well, she ate them overnight, so they must not have been fertilized. It sure was exciting, though! Thanks for the articles and info - very helpful. Not sure I'll ever purposely attempt to get fry, but if it ever happens on its own, it will be fun!

I think my other angel is not old enough to reproduce yet (it's only 3/4 grown), so it might be another female. We'll have to wait and see. I'm not going to get any more angels for that tank, so I may be out of luck. :)

jeaninel 10-13-2008 12:07 PM

That's so cool your angel laid eggs. Infertile eggs will usually turn white while fertile eggs will be clear or translucent. It's pretty common for angels to eat their first spawn. I have read somewhere that sometimes females will lay eggs without a male around.

Julie's Julies 10-13-2008 10:20 PM

Interesting about the fertile eggs being clear - I could nearly see through these things. I don't think they were around long enough to turn white, though, even if they were unfertilized. We'll see what happens in the next few months!

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