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Chrisseh 06-21-2009 01:46 PM

Accidental Angel Fish Breeding
I work at a LFS, we do not take fish from individuals. One day a woman showed up with two beautiful Angel fish that she didn't want and begged someone to take them. I couldn't resist. I had a fully cycled 20 Long with 3 - 1 month old Platy fry. I figured the Angels would eat the fry and was okay with that. They did not eat the platies, but instead got down to business. The first set of eggs all turned white and the Angels ate them. The second set vanished after day 4 or 5 of hatching. They have laid another clutch. I don't really know what to do. If I destroy the eggs I will feel guilty and it won't help because they will lay more. I don't want to let them hatch and lose another set of fry. The biggest issue is that I don't have room for the babies, the angels are really in too small of a tank as it stands. I don't want the fry to grow and pair with each other (incest). I don't think I should sell them because they are different types of Angels. What do I do?

Also, I am using an internal filter. The Angels really like it, they keep laying the eggs in front of the water spout. I am afraid that the last set of fry died because they couldn't swim the current. Should I switch to a simple sponge filter (the internal is a sponge filter) with an air stone? Or just pray for the best.

As much as I know about fish, I am terrible at identifying types of Angel fish. I have pictures. I can upload them in the next day or two. Hopefully someone is able to identify the breed specifics for me.

Thank you in advance for the help!

Chrisseh 06-22-2009 01:42 PM

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Here are the proud parents!

Fishin Pole 06-22-2009 04:16 PM

First let me say congrats on the angels, nice looking fish!.......If the parents dont seem to mind the switch to the other filter, i would give it a try....Whats the worst that could happen?......They lay more eggs and they hatch, or they dont like the new setup and dont lay any....Tough to say what they may do.......Wont the pet store take your angel fry?......Seems like they could use them for feeders if all else fails........Sorry i cant help with specifics of the breeds, but they both are real nice looking angels.....

Chrisseh 06-22-2009 04:49 PM

Thank you. The store doesn't accept fish from any individual, only from our suppler.

Chrisseh 06-29-2009 01:54 PM

Up date: The babies are free swimming today. I still have the internal filter on, they seem fine. Mom and dad are being great parents!

rachelrabbit210 07-07-2009 02:09 PM

sounds good :-D

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