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Why do the angelfish eat the eggs?

Discussion in 'Angel Fish & Discus' started by ducatigirl, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. ducatigirl

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    They laid a heap of eggs on the filter, and 2 days later they were gone. this is first time breeding for these two. They picked off the white eggs as they went. yellow eggs are fertilised right? There were alot.
    Heres a vid of them laying them.

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    any other fish in the tank?
     
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    no just those two.
     
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    Do you have an extra small tank you can move the eggs into? They will continue to eat the eggs unless they are seperated :)
     
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    my angles ate the eggs when there were other fish in the tank but when i moved them to their own tank, they let the eggs hatch but then they ate the frys. =/
     
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    Oh!!! !!!
    I may have forgotten that if I'd read it. Thought they made good parents.
    Better do that in the morning for harry and missus too, if eggs still there. They laid on the filter as well! Eckys bro.
    Thanks rider!

    Sony, thats not meant to be funny, but it was.:D
    I will do it asap. So glad you guys are here for me!
    P.S thats Ecky in my profile pic, hes much more beautifully coloured now.


    Ooops tried to add a recent photo, but picked Harry, and realised its ecky in my profile pic.... instead...so this is Harry.. lol ok its early morning :y220d:

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    Angels do make good parents and will eventually stop eating the eggs, but it may take until their third or fourth spawning. There is no need to separate them. Just give them time to adjust to being parents
     
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    There's alot of debate about why animals eat their young. No one knows whether the angelfish is making the decision to eat its eggs or whether it just doesn't know any better. I'll guess that the angelfish just didn't want babies.
     
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    they usually eat the eggs the first couple of times. you don't need to seperate them
     
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    As others pointed out, young immature/inexperienced parent mya eat young, especially when constantly disturbed by other fish/their keepers.

    Should stop with time.

    Are you certain Harry isnt Harriet? Looking at vent of enlarged Harry's pic (somewhat blur when enlarged), I question its gender.
     

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