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From Kaijas in Chehalis, WA
From Kaijas in Chehalis, WA
When I travel the fish usually rip apart the plants in their tank. Usually this indicates they are not getting enough food, but these fish are vindictive. They never eat the plants, just tear them up to let me know they are unhappy.
For a couple weeks now their tank has been barren and plantless. Typically I prefer live plants but in this situation I opted for som plastic plants. The green color really enhances the tank appearance. Tried two plants to see how they look and fake plants have come a long way since I was a child.
Try to destroy these plants suckers!
This morning the baby Angelfish in my tank took their first strokes at free swimming. Up till this point they had been securely attached to their spawn point on the log. This evening when I came home all the babies had detached from the log and were swimming in a cloud of cuteness around momma.
This is pretty exciting for me! I never expected to have Angels spawn in such a small crowded community tank, but not only have they spawned three times they have so far successfully hatched and raised their babies for a week!
The next few days will be the tricky part. Now that the babies are free swimming they are much harder for the parents to control and easily become targets for any nearby fish looking for dessert. So far the other fish are being kept near the bottom of the tank and under the log (They would have plants to hide in if they did not throw tantrums when I go to conferences and rip them up).
The parents are looking noticeably stressed at this point. I hope they can handle the next few days ok till the babies can fend for themselves. Feeding time was particularly difficult. I have to feed the other fish so they do not want to eat the babies as much, but the food comes down from the top. The parents had a few minutes of freak out while the food slowly settled to the bottom, but they are looking much better now.
I am excited to see how the next few days go! A hundred new Angelfish sure are going to push the tank to the limits till they are old enough to take to the fish store.
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.
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