A Briefing on Angel Fish

Angelfish are a popular choice for many aquarium hobbyists because of their beauty; elegance and they are fairly easy to keep. Zeus scalaris was the first Angelfish described by science. A man named Liechtenstein collected the fish in Brazil in 1823, and it was later sent to the Berlin Museum. In 1840, Heckel found one other Angelfish and named it Pterophyllum scalaris. Angelfish quickly became a favorite in Germany and was kept in tanks in many homes by 1909. In the 1920’s Angelfish made their way into the homes of Americans and very quickly the whole world. Currently they’re many types of angels as a result of mutations made over the past century. These mutations not only give us diversity but they have also allowed the fish to better live in captivity longer, healthier, and easier to breed. What most people do not realize about angels is although they are very pretty they are also fierce predators. They’re shape and color gives them camouflage, and their thin bodies allows for speed and agility. In the wild they eat many smaller fish and are always on the hunt. While they tend to get along with other fish such as mollies, catfish, cichlids, crabs, rams, gars, discus, and some other fish. It is never a good idea to combine an angelfish with any passive or smaller fish such as guppies, goldfish, minnows, tadpoles, or tetras. If you have a pair of angelfish you can expect them to breed, once two angels’ pair up you should separate them from the community tank as they will kill other fish. It’s not that they kill other fish out of spite; they do it because the other fish will eat their fry. They make for very protective parents and they take good care of their young. They’re many methods of breeding angels my personal favorite is to put the pair in at least a ten-gallon tank with a temperature of 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Feed the pair with either frozen brine or freeze dried brine 3 times a day. This ensures the fry will be healthy. Once the angels have laid their eggs it is a good time to baby proof the tank. If there is a way for the fry to die they babies will find it and die in mass, although I’m sure it’s not intentional. Take a sponge and cut it to size then cut a hole in one end large enough to fit your filter in-take in. put the filter in-take in the sponge and plug it in. on the third day you’ll notice the fry will be swimming around the tank and will soon be ready to start eating. Get some brine shrimp eggs and fill a soda bottle with water then put the eggs in that. On day five the brine shrimp should all be hatched and the fry should be ready to eat. For the next month this is the best food for the fry as it is as fresh of food as it food can get and it’s full of nutrients. When the fry are one month old you should separate the parents from the fry, as they will eat the smaller and weaker fry. This is only natural as it is survival of the fittest. You can expect most of your fry to die anyway. Out of the 400 eggs laid only 50 to 200 of them will survive into adult hood. When 2 months have past it is a good time to consider selling your baby angels. You can ask your local pet store if they would want to buy them. I try to give as many baby angels to people I know will take good care of them as over the process of raising the fry I become quite paternal myself. And I wouldn’t want them to get into the hands of some careless ninny.

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