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angelfish laid eggs on heater

Discussion in 'Angel Fish & Discus' started by mooch4056, Jul 3, 2008.

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    This is all in my 55gal

    So I have a bubble wand. And the heater is over it. And I have three fairly big angelfish. I think the angels like the bubble wand to fan eggs they laid but they seem to also fan the eggs themselves,

    The eggs were laid on the heater and mom and dad protect that heater like crazy. I feed them some frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp and every night but tonight they didnt care. They were protecting that heater.

    They have pretty much quaretined themselved to about 25% of the tank and dont let any other fish go near it.

    Usually with the three angel fish the female and male get along good and they have always just kept the third angel fish at bay with really not much fighting -- just like "chase away" or "get out of here" and the third angel would be like "whatever" and swim away.....

    but not with these eggs there..... I have never seen such protective parents over these eggs. they really wont let ANY fish in there territory and they didnt use to be like that. They swim there staring at the heater and eggs. isint that liek watching grass grow? anyway.....

    Anyway i found all this really neat. I dont really want a bunch of new angel fish but I would really like a couple of fry to live and raise them. I think its really neat that this happened.

    How long wil it take for the eggs to hatch and what can I do to save a few of them from being eaten So i can have for myself. I'll go out and buy a seprate bigger tank for the fry if I have to I just want to know what to do. I read on the internet that it would 3-5 days to hatch and a few days before they are free swimming. Is that right? Suggestions?

    Thanks everyone!

    Paul
     
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    Yep you are pretty much reading correctly. They should be free swimming about day 6/7.
     
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    clean water and proper food are the most important things. look into brine shrimp cultures/other live microfoods or even those brine shrimp eggs in a jar.
     
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    yup 6-7 days and you should get free swimmers..if the heater doesn't cook the eggs.
     
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    We use large specimen containers(fish scoops) to hatch out eggs we have taken away from the parents. You can gently scrape a few eggs from the heater and place them into the container, place the container on the inside of your tank add an air stone and some Maroxy do daily 100% WC on fry container and in 6-7 days you should have free swimmers. Don't feed until they have eaten all their egg sacks,we start all our fry on freshly hatched BBS or if too small depending on the breed we use a product called fry starter which is a high protein dust like food. Soak it in water then add to container, be sure to remove any un eaten food 20-30 min. after feeding. We also use a Turkey baster to remove the fry when doing WC's. I will send you some fry starter to get you started if you like. Just PM me with your address and I will send you some in the mail.

    Good Luck, it is cool to watch them grow .
     
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    My angels lay eggs all the time and eat every egg every time. Hope you have better luck than I.
     
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    Wow thanx for the info pop. I hope the eggs last they do seem to be eating them. About 25% of them are gone from last night.

    Why are they so protective of the eggs yet eat them. hmmm seems strange.
     
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    They will eat the bad ones, it usually takes a few tries to from them to get it right.
     
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    actually angels will eat the eggs if they feel threatened.
     
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    My two are in a 30 and have laid eggs probably 12 times now. First they were laying them on the intake of the filter, now they have chosen a leaf on a fake plant......yet they still eat them (sigh)
     
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    They look like they will be gone by the end of the day now. They do seemed threatened so maybe thats why they are all being eaten. I am going to buy a 20 gallon tank with a heater and see if i could transfer the eg that are left. I'll see what happens. Cant hurt right? Looks like they are all going to be eaten anyway ...so it could only help if I do this right ...
     
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    If you transfer the eggs make sure to put an airstone under them that is running very softly, to simulate the fanning. I have never tried this, I prefer to let nature take her course, GOOD LUCK.
     
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    the angels in a community tank?

    get a 20 tall if you want to try and let the angels parent raise.. move them to the 20 tall add a breeding slate..you can use sponge filters.
     

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