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Raising baby Angelfish

19 Nov

Over the past year my two pair of Angelfish have spawned dozens of times. They have laid thousands of eggs. A few months ago I gave some of those eggs to a friend to raise. I watched some of his techniques. He used Hydrogen Peroxide as a fungus inhibitor for the eggs. When he changes water in the fry tank he doesn’t use “fresh” water, he uses aged water from another one of his fish tanks.
My MAIN problem was that I was was having no luck hatching Brine Shrimp, which is what the babies feed on. Turns out my shrimp eggs were old. Very old. Ancient. Fossil Brine Shrimp eggs.
Once I got new shrimp eggs it was all easy after that.

The male Silver and female Marble spawned on this fake Amazon Sword plant.

Baby Angels are in the 10 gallon tank. A bowl inside of the tank has another batch of Angel babies but shortly after becoming free-swimming they died. The two jars on the left is the Brine Shrimp hatchery.

As the fry grew larger I filled up the 10 gallon. Eventually I split them into two 10-gallon tanks. There are about 90 babies total.

Here are half the baby Angels as I am moving them into a 55 gallon. There are a few baby Peppered Corydoras in there, too.

I’ve picked out eight young angels to keep for myself. Notice there are gold genes in my fish, too. The babies are Silver, Marble, and Gold!!

Pics and a video of my aquariums

26 Aug

Let’s start with this 30 gallon tank filled with very active fish. Zebra Danios, Odessa Barbs, Tiger Barbs, an Opaline Gourami, Harlequin Rasboras and 3 Kuhli Loaches hiding under the rocks.

Here’s a little 10-gallon tank with young Red Swordtails and a Betta. Since I took this picture I have added 3 Marigold Variatus Platies and some more plants.

Here’s another 10-gallon tank with Silver Mollies and Endler’s Livebearers. Lots of baby fish are starting to show up.

I moved my 3 Pictus catfish into this 29-gallon tank with 3 green Swordtails and my Firemouth Cichlids. In real life this tank looks very nice and I get to see the Pictus Cats a lot more than I did in their previous tank.

When I found the 6-inch Bullhead in the turtle pond I had intended to release him in a nearby creek but instead I put him in the tank with the “bad boys”, the African Cichlid and big Red-tail Shark. The Bullhead just goes about his business, big mouth gulping and gaping as he cruises along. The Cichlid and Shark ignore him. Now the Bullhead has found a place to sleep during the day and I don’t expect to see him too often. This tank is crowded with rocks, wood, and plants (Java Moss).

The Bullhead is in here but he’s hiding.


Here’s the 55-gallon community tank with mostly large Tetras, Angelfish, and Corydoras.

Angelfish and Corydoras fry

26 Aug

These baby fish are at a friend’s house. He’s an expert Angelfish breeder who also bought some Peppered Corydoras in the hopes of spawning them in the future.
The future came fast. His Cories grew like mad, the females are the biggest fattest things you can imagine, and they are spawning all of the time. He has hundreds of babies and more to come.
Notice this neat little system he uses to get the babies started in life. He has them in glass mason jars that are floating in a 5-gallon fish tank. This way, he only needs the single heater in the aquarium. He drops an airline into each jar, makes frequent water changes, and feeds them live baby Brine Shrimp.

In this next picture you can see some baby Angelfish, too.

I should have photographed his homemade Brine Shrimp hatchery. He decapsulates the shrimp eggs and staggers their hatching to ensure a constant supply for all of the babies. Sounds like a future blog post if he doesn’t mind!

Silver and Marble Angel spawning

8 Aug

This morning I noticed the big Silver male was chasing the male Marble Angel.

Tonight I went downstairs to shut off the lights on my fish tanks and this is what I saw:

Silver Angels spawning

26 Jul

Last week the Silver Angels spawned on a plant leaf.
I have been fortunate to meet an expert Angelfish breeder. I snipped off the leaf where the eggs are and he is raising them at his house. So far I hear things are going well.
I found out that the brine shrimp eggs that I have been trying to hatch this past year may be DECADES old, so that was no good when I had baby Angels, and my plan to put them outdoors hasn’t gone well either. Maybe it was too hot. Those are my pathetic excuses anyway.

Silver Angelfish fry

6 Jul

The latest batch of Silver Angels became free-swimming today, so I cleaned out the 30 gallon pond a little bit. I want to leave it natural, with all the little micro-organisms for the baby fish to eat. Tomorrow morning, while it is a decent temperature, I will put the baby Angels outdoors.
I had baby Zebra Danios in the pond, and I took them out today. My next post will show them.

A lot of eggs did become white with fungus,but about 50 babies hatched.


The plants in the little pond are doing great. I took out the Zebra Danios, changed about half of the water, put the plants back in, and will add the Angels tomorrow.


It’s the lazy man’s way of raising fish fry. Let Mother Nature do it.

More Angelfish eggs

29 Jun

This time I was ready. When the Silver Angels spawned I had a little tank prepared with clean water, an air pump, the right temperature, and some Methylene Blue as a fungus inhibitor.

Here it is:

The eggs are on the plastic filter tube that was in the 55 gallon aquarium. I don’t need a heater in this tank, I am keeping the room about 80F degrees. (which is not too hard since it is 97F outside)