Some tips for rearing angels with parents

ncje
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Well I have raised many discus before but always with the removal method. I really wanted to keep everything here as natural as possible, so with my angels have been attempting to raise young with the parents with no intervention at all.

What I have found so far and may be useful to others:

1/ With new parents the first 3-4 tries won't yeild much so don't be dissappointed whtn a batch of eggs just dissapears overnight.

2/ Get yourself a feeding ring. What I have found is, as the young become free swimming the young angel parents will still persistantly place them back to a leaf. Now what happens if they are swimming and food is moving around the tank they will sometimes pick up a young angel to place it back, see food, forget what they were doing and eat the food. Thus the little angel will end up inadvertantly swallowed. A feeding ring tends to keep food in one place so less chance of this happening.

3/ Angels can be overzealous in their protection of the young so try not to disturb them too much. See also 5 below:

4/ If your tank is generally clean, don't go crazy doing daily water changes. This annoys the parents and they tend to be overprotective which in turn causes young to be swallowed.

5/ I wouldnt recommend adding any additives to a tank such as antI fungal etc. Keep your tank clean with water changes etc. Once there is a spawn leave them alone for a good week. Some eggs do turn white but this is due to many factors the biggest being a mis hit by the male in spawning.

Ill add more as observations are made but for the record:

My angels are young parents. My angel clutches were small and failed at free swimming due to the above. I now have about 35 at the free swimming stage with little loss thus far. Anyway I find with each spawning, the angels get a little more experience and so do I. Maybe this clutch won't last either but again we are a step closer. The angels to get better.

Please read the TOPIC again: This is to rear angel fry with parents. Removal to a fry tank as eggs requires a whole different set of tactics as the parents are not tending the eggs.
 
Isabella
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HI Ncje ... thanks for all of the information It's also important to remember that nitrate should be at 0 all the time in a tank with angelfish fry.
 
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ncje
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Yes very true, its extremely important to have a clean tank at this stage. Although my nitrates are always around 5 and I haven't seen any ill effects thus far. I more accurate head count today reveals 50 little angels. No I'm not going to name them Just too many.
 
Isabella
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LOL They must be so cute! And so many of them! Keep us updated on how they're doing How old are they already?
 

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