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.
I setup my tank primarily as a Angelfish display tank. Currently I have three with expansion planned, however two of them paired off a couple weeks ago. Today I looked up from my computer to see them spawning! Go baby go!
This video was taken during the egg laying process. Notices that the female (silver) runs her body along the glass laying eggs, then the male (marble) comes along behind her and fertilizes the little eggies.
Tip: Fullscreen the video. It is HD
After WordCamp San Francisco I hopped on a plane to Orange County to see my dear friends the Dutras. We went to visit the Longbeach aquarium on Monday. Here is a dump of some of the photos I took with my camera. Working on getting some video as well.