View Full Version : Wrigglers!

04-09-2013, 09:47 PM
So, my pair of gold angelfish spawn every few weeks, but in the past, the eggs have all gradually turned white and been eaten. Today I came home from school and saw the eggs gone. I just thought that they had eaten them, so I went on with my business. Then, when I went to feed them, I noticed that they hadn't eaten the eggs, but just moved them! Upon closer inspection, I saw what looks like little wiggly hairs. Wrigglers! I'm going to leave the batch in the tank, since nothing else in the tank will really eat them (I hope) and see how well mom and dad do with the bunch.

I was just wondering how long until the fry will be free swimming, and what behaviors will the parents do to care for them? (i.e. corral the fry, moving them by mouth, touring the tank, etc) Also, any other advice is welcomed :) I have attached some pictures, sorry for the bad quality!

04-09-2013, 10:42 PM
They have just moved the wrigglers to a different leaf, and are caring for them excellently!

04-10-2013, 12:05 AM
I would really appreciate some advice guys

04-10-2013, 02:34 PM
What advice do you want specifically? Hard to know how knowlegable you are over breeding..

If you are talking about your 40 gallon... almost anything in there will eat them when they are free swimming if the parents dont stay very protective. if you want the clutch to survive and have a solution for a grow out tank and all that is required for raising the babies, you need to be thinking of baby food. Baby brine shrimp, hikari first bites, liquifry, something of that nature.

If you are just wanting to watch as this happens and dont really have a propper growing set up (which is generally a 29gal then to a 55gal for growing out) maybe find someone local that wants to raise the fry? Angelfish breeding is more in depth than most fish because of the number of fish and the size they get. Your current 40gal wont be appropriate to raise a 100 egg clutch alone.

04-10-2013, 02:42 PM
If this happened in my tank I'd just sit back and watch. If I had a substantial amount still alive after 3-4 weeks I might go out and buy a grow out tank and start seeing who'd be interested.

05-19-2013, 02:48 AM
I would leave the fry with the parents in a comunity tank until the parents are able to get the fry to free swimming a few days with other fish that will try to eat them, if they manage that and don't eat them self to protect them from others you have a wonderful pair, my pair i have now did this the first time they spawned in a tank with 17 others angels and a large school of small tetras so i know i have a wonderful pair.

The fry will be free swimming 7 days after the eggs have been laid and you should start feeding them as soon as the eggs have been laid with liquifry if you are going the baby brine shrimp route i would suggest removing the parents since they will be eating as well and then they can eat the fry by accident.A good pair mostly see the diffrence from fry and food but not always.

The parents will do what all chiclids do kill everything that tries for the fry if they have to. I had a friend who had an oscar with a few Amatitlania nigrofasciata in a tank good enough for them but not for Amatitlania nigrofasciata to spawn they killed the oscar just hours after the egg was laid the tank was too small for him to get far enough away from the pair so they killed him.

The funniest thing you will see when the fry are free swimming are that some fry will try to leave the parents and explore alone, the parents react so fast you won't belive it and bring the fry back to safety