Last weeks a pair of my Angelfish laid their third set of eggs. Angelfish eggs typically take 60 hours to hatch. After hatching the babies have a food sack attached still and will suction themselves to the area the eggs were in. They do this for around 6 days. During this time they look like a wiggling mass of white mold as they slowly eat through their food and begin to develop eyes and part of the texturing that will make their adult pattern. On the sixth day they slowly begin to release their hold and start to swim around. This is very stressful in a community tank like mine. The parents simultaneously attempt to keep the babies safe and grouped together as well as keeping all the other fish away. My tank is chaos right now. The rest of the fish are being pushed into one tiny corner. The babies are cute though. Check out the video below to see their first swimming attempts.
Angelfish babies starting to free swim!
December 20, 2013