3 years ago #1
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I have approx 100 3 week old angelfish fry in a separate tank, now the parents have spawned again in their original tank. The newly laid eggs are about 9 days old and are moving, a couple look like they are free swimming, can I move this new batch to the existing 3 to 4 week old fry tank and just mix them all together? If I leave them with the parents this time, what can I expect the parents to do (take care of them or eat them?) I really can't go buy a third tank, pump and all that stuff, so what do you suggest? If I do nothing and leave the newly hatched with the parents in their tank, should I begin feeding the baby brine shrimp to the parent tank? PLEASE HELP! I am new to all this and am just guessing on what is the correct thing to do. Also, the parent tank has about 1 1/2 of gravel in it, while I'm cleaning the tank, should I remove the gravel? Somewhere I read that the newly hatched fry will get stuck and die in the gravel? My email is: <email> and I would appreciate any experienced advice from all.

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3 years ago #2
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I want to know ur angel is of what size i mean in inches... Plz askin juz to know at what size they will spawn

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Most of the beneficial bacteria associated with the nitrogen cycle live in the substrate and filter elements, so don't remove it. In fact, you may want to put a small porous bag of the gravel into the fry aquarium.

Angelfish fry are not strong swimmers, so they don't do well in turbulent water. They have an adhesive patch on their head, and this allows the parents to move them and keep them away from danger. If the adhesive patch stops working before the fry consumes its yolk sac, he or she will sink to the bottom. This is more likely to happen with powerful filtering.

A fine pore sponge filter works in some rearing tanks without substrates. If you run the filter in an established aquarium, it will be seeded with nitrifying bacteria and ready for use.

If the older fry are not large enough to eat the newer ones, you may be able to grow two batches in one aquarium. Growth rates differ, because the larger fish get most of the food and thus grow even larger.

Usually, angelfish parents will guard their fry up to the time they start to grow true fins. If the parents feel threatened, they will eat the fry.

Once the yolk sacs are consumed, angelfish fry will take Hikari First Bites and newly hatched brine shrimp. Live brine shrimp are said to be the optimum fry food, but frozen ones are almost as good.

Angelfish fry are very sensitive to nitrogen compounds, so the rearing tank needs to be cleaned every day if it's small. You can pick up uneaten food using a turkey baster or a syphon made from aquarium airline tubing.

Because the fry are sensitive to water parameters, any moving must be done very carefully using the drip acclimation method. To avoid that, I prefer moving the parents and using the spawning tank as a grow out aquarium. Of course that means more aquariums, but if you look in the right places, aquariums and accessories are very inexpensive. Yard sales or rummage sales are good places to start. You can also make a sturdy aquarium stand using common lumber and hand tools.

This is starting to ramble, so here's the final recommendation until next time. Go to the MY ACTIONS button and click FIND A MEMBER on the pull down list. Type in the name Megham, then read her blog about angelfish. It's a day to day diary about raising angelfish fry.

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