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maxw47 04-14-2012 11:36 PM

Angelfish setup
So I have made the decision (and I might not end up doing it) to start breeding angelfish. But I had a few questions on the setup. What I am thinking right now is a 20 gallon high for every breeding pair ( I'll only start with 1) and a 46 gallon grow out for the fry. Do you guys think this would do? I would rather get a 55 gallon grow out, but I have a 46 laying around doing nothing. I will be having the fry be parent raised up until around 4-6 weeks, and then they will be moved to the grow out. If I wasn't specific enough or you need more detail, feel free to ask. Thanks!

fishfanJoey 04-15-2012 04:25 PM

20 high is a tad small. some say its possible but i'd suggest at least a 29 high. its a bit more spacious, which is good if you want the fry in there for 4-6 weeks.

zof 04-15-2012 09:15 PM

I agree a 30-40 breeder for the pair and fry if you are going to let the parents raise them, anything smaller and you will run into crowding issues, and angels do not like to be crowded. One thing I've found out about breeding as I'm getting into it is you need a ton of tank space to even think about breeding, when I move into my new place just to breed a pair of angels I'm going to be looking at a 36 gallon for the pair, a 20 gallon grow out 1st stage and a 55 gallon grow out 2nd stage, and I'm already concerned this will not be enough space just to keep 1 pair breeding.

daver 04-16-2012 11:24 AM

20 gal is minimum for a pair if you want to remove the eggs to a 2+ gal hatching tank.
Keep them there for 3-4 days after swimming then put them in a 10-15 gal. to grow for a
month, then into a larger and taller tank for good growth and good straight and long fins.
BBShrimp is a must for good and fast growth
I've been raising angel fish for sale for 50 years and it works for me.

Helpful hint: hatch eggs in 2 gal tank with 1 cap full of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. It stop fungus on the eggs and its a good oxigenator and will not harm fish or eggs.

maxw47 04-16-2012 07:12 PM

Thanks guys. I had read that a 20 gallon high would work, but I'll probably be doing a 29 or 30 now. So here is what I am thinking. A 29 gallon high for the pair, and a 46 gallon as a grow out. Anything else? Thanks!

zof 04-17-2012 07:51 PM

A fish shop or lots of friends to take the babies, also have you thought about food yet?

maxw47 04-17-2012 11:00 PM

I want to eventualy sell the babies online, but I don't have the experience nor time for now. I'll be selling the fry to a few lfs for the time being. As for food, I'll be hatching and feeding bbs.
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