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- 5 to 10 years
Thank you!! All my current juveniles, not just the platinums, have me so proud. I have never been so proud of my fish before. It wasn't easy. I have been giving them water changes every two days for the last couple months and DAILY water changes for the first few months! The platinums above are 6 months old and still getting water changes every other day.KingD said:
They grow so much faster with frequent water changes, their fins are much stronger AND...drum roll please....I think the pearlscale trait is also very much controlled by growth rate and water quality!!! (but I will get to that in a second)
Many people only do daily water changes for the first month or so. And that used to be me. But when I continued to get bent dorsals on veil tail angels, I was DETERMINED to not let that happen again. So with two big batches of veil tails being born in my care 4-5 months ago, I was not about to let a single dorsal bend!!! So I have spent every single lunch break and every single evening for the last 6 months doing water changes on grow out tanks (the baby rams needed them too) It has been EXHAUSTING. But the results are TOTALLY WORTH IT!! Heck, my rams are only 4 months old and I had two of them spawn in the grow out tank!!!
What it boils down to for fin quality, in my experience, is nitrates. My water was always zero ammonia and zero nitrites, so I could never understand why the fins were bending when everyone said it is water quality related and I thought my water quality was great!! But the nitrates were higher than they should be. And this is because I was growing them out with pleco babies. Big mistake!!
With that being said, my 3 current batches of 4-6 month old babies were grown out with no plecos in their tank and daily water changes for at least the first 2 months. Followed by every other day changes after that. And I got no bends...and the fins on my veil tails are SPECTACULAR!!!! It is not easy to get a super veil angelfish to have stellar fins. This is why the majority of SUPER-veil angels have tattered and droopy fins.
ANYWAY, so then I was blessed with another result of the extra TLC....PEARLSCALES!!!!!!!!!!! For those who have followed my thread from the beginning, you will know why that is SUCH a big deal!! My theory now, is that the expression of pearls has to do with growth rate. Not necessarily water quality. (granted the better water quality resulted in the faster growth rate so....) Because these fish have grown much faster than my previous batches of angels. And it is the first time I ever got pearlscales to express in angels I am raising.
In summary, daily water changes are magic!! They make stellar fins, top notch pearlscales, faster growth rate and great body shape! Its not that this is news or anything.....we all know that fry need pristine water to develop well. But At the same time, we forget that the fry stage is really several months. Not just the first month. Another thing I changed was frequency of feedings. I would feed them a LOT during the first month or so, but after that, I would naturally revert to twice a day. This time around, I have continued to feed them 4-5 times per day even at 5-6 months old!! That would be another thing that has likely sped up the growth rate compared to previous spawns.
There is really something to be said about growing out the fish fast and how that affects their development. The slower they grow, the less quality they are overall. Even if they reach full adult size and are not stunted or anything, I still think that the faster they grow during the first 4 months, the higher quality they are.
Ramble ramble ramble. Just thinking out loud and thought some folks may find my conclusions interesting. LOL