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LisaC144 07-01-2010 09:01 AM

How do I care for Angelfish Fry?!?
I posted antoher thread yesterday stating that my angelfish spawned for the first time! There are pictures in that thread. I've been trying to read as much as possible on angelfish breeding and fry. I understand that this first batch might not make it, but as of this morning all the eggs were still on the leaf and all were a light yellow, except 5 (a good sign!). Mom was protecting the eggs and fanning them. Might be a different story when I get home 8 hours from now though ;-)

Anyway, in case they do make it I'm looking for information on how to care and feed them. I know baby brine shrimp is the most recommended, but I'm not prepared to set up a whole brine shrimp hatchery in the next 3 days. I found food by Hakari called "Baby Bites" that got excellent reviews but the issue is finding them in time (will call around to LFS's today).

Does anyone have a backup suggestion on what I can feed the fry if they make it? Can I mash up flakes into powder? All suggestions welcome!!!

amazon21 07-01-2010 09:09 AM

you actually have a little longer since angelfish fry have a period of 5 days where they just stay on the leaf and feed of their yolk. There called wigglers during that time. I think your only choices are commercial fry food or baby brine shrimp.

LisaC144 07-01-2010 09:12 AM

Well I'm going to swing by Petco for the First Bites you showed me in my other thread (THANKS!) and if they don't have them today, I'll maybe order them online and hope they arrive in time. I was trying to find the life cycle from eggs to free swimming, but couldn't find much on that.

amazon21 07-01-2010 09:15 AM . I think that should help :)

Day 1 starts on step 5

LisaC144 07-01-2010 09:28 AM

I found that during a google search as well. Thank you! I think I am only on day 1. I didn't see any eggs on Tuesday so I assume they were laid at some point yesterday. If they are still there tomorrow, it looks like I should start seeing wiggling tails. I wonder if I'll be able to see it with the naked eye. Know what, I think I'll just order that food now instead of waiting to see if I can find it at Petco :-)

amazon21 07-01-2010 09:31 AM

doesn't work never mind :)

LisaC144 07-01-2010 09:39 AM

It's okay. The food is $2.27 ;-) Thanks though. Shipping will cost more than the food. Go figure.

amazon21 07-01-2010 09:46 AM

lol, after helping you out I feel totally prepared for when I get my angelfish:-D.

LisaC144 07-01-2010 09:49 AM

With Angelfish, if you're looking for a breeding pair it is suggested to get 8-10 small Angelfish and let them grow up together. Once they reach maturity, you'll notice signs of them pairing off. It is then recommended to remove the remaining Angelfish and just keep the pair.

amazon21 07-01-2010 09:53 AM

Im not really looking for a breeding pair, just getting my first angelfish. Im thinking about ordering a german blue one online, they look kind of cool.

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