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PVC pipe for Angelfish spawning

17 Oct
The male Silver Angel.

The male Silver Angel.

Pieces of flat slate rock have been the standard surface to use when spawning Angelfish. I came across some short pieces of PVC pipe and, as you can see, my Angelfish pair laid their eggs on it. It only took about 2 days for them to become very interested in the PVC as a spawning site. Place it at an Angel, I mean angle, like you see in the photo.

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Here's the mom.

Here’s the mom.

At first I gave this pair the opportunity to raise the babies, but that didn’t work. The next time they spawned I removed the eggs and PVC and laid it on it’s side in a shallow tank with a heater and aeration.

Then I added Hydrogen Peroxide drops as an anti-fungal agent. I used about 3 milliliters per 2 gallons. As you can see, I also attached a”T” piece of PVC to the tube to prevent the PVC from rolling on it’s side and crushing the eggs and babies.

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The babies hatch and spend a few days on the bottom of the tank.

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 The baby Angles, I mean Angels, grew fast on baby Brine Shrimp and Banana Worms. Now they are eating crushed flake food as well. I have been using Earthworm flakes because it’s a high-protein food.

CAM01241CAM01460CAM01512Angels will lay their eggs wherever they can, but using a flat rock or PVC allows you to remove it and raise the babies.  A sturdy plastic plant with big leaves makes a good site, too. I have seen Angel eggs on heater tubes and the side of the aquarium.

Eggs laid on a branch.

Eggs laid on a branch.

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The Angelfish parents

20 Nov

Here are two pics of the Angelfish parents. Their babies turned out to be many color combinations. All Silver like the dad, or Marble like the mom, or nearly black, or dark striped, or even all gold. The fact that some babies came out gold means that each of these parents carries the recessive gold gene.

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!!

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!

Zebra Danios grow up fast!

26 Aug

Everything about a Zebra Danio is fast. Try to catch them in a big tank and you’ll see.
The weather got chilly last week (nights were under 50F) so I decided to get the remaining Zebra Danios out of my turtle pond. I had put about 100 babies out there less than 2 months ago. The babies were about 1/4 inch long at the time. They seemed to do well at first, then I could see the population declining. I was able to catch about 30 with a dip net but the rest were too fast and too smart. They would seemingly disappear! Just vanish! I thought there were maybe 25 or so left.
I had to drain the pond:

Look who else I found! The Bullhead Catfish. I haven’t seen him in so long I thought he was a goner.

I bet he snarfed a few Zebra Danios.


Here’s a picture of about half of the total number of Zebras that were removed from the pond. From a starting number of about 100 I am just guessing that 70 survived.

Here they are in a 10-gallon aquarium. Teenage Zebra Danios about 3 months old.

25 of them are in other tanks, plus I gave a dozen to a friend, so the total was easily over 70 and that’s not too bad.

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.