Breeding angel fish can be such a joy because the fish which are a type of tropical freshwater aquarium fish are so unique and attractive. The fish come in so many colour variants so it is really up to your individual taste to pick the type that pleases your eyes.
To breed successfully, you need to equip yourself with patience, care, knowledge, and of course some cash.
According to www.tropicalfish.co.uk, one of the most difficult aspects of breeding angelfish is encountered at the very beginning of the endeavour – how to obtain a mated male/female pair in the first place.
“Since there is no truly reliable way to sex immature angels just by looking at them, the best way to obtain a pair is to buy a group of young fish and grow them on, allowing a pair to form naturally,” says the website which offers tips on how to breed fish.
So the first basic step if you want to successfully breed angel fish is to purchase a number of them young so that they can get acquainted to each other. The more young the angel fish that you buy, the better the chances to get the mating process going on.
When you are making a selection of the angel fish that you want to buy, it is advisable that you chose angel fish that have the same color.
You also have to make sure that you purchase a properly constructed tank where you will be able to keep the fish. Angel fish like to swim all over the place, you will need to purchase a tank that is approximately 70 to 100 liters big.
The water needs to be constantly maintained at a PH level of anywhere between 6.0 and 9.0, and the temperature should be around 25°C. Neglecting this aspect may negatively affect the livelihood of the angefish.
You also need aquarium plants that hinder the growth of algae and ensure a constant supply of oxygen in the tank. The plants are especially important because that is where the angel fish will get to lay their eggs.
“Angelfish usually pair up and start showing spawning behaviour between the ages of 8 and 12 months, but for more delicate, slow-growing colour forms, it may take longer. When a pair is beginning to form, the two fish may take part in short jaw locking “battles,” but will soon turn their attentions to chasing away the other tank mates,” states www.tropicalfish.co.uk.
The type of food that you give to the angel fish is also a key factor in the breeding process.
“Flake food is enough for Angel Fish, but it is better for their health to give them a variety foods. This is especially important when they are breeding. They like live food like Adult Brine Shrimp, Black Worms, Mosquito larvae, finely chopped earthworms, and Guppy fry. But they can also eat frozen Blood Worms, Brine Shrimp and others. They can be also fed dried foods like dried crabs,” states http://www.aqua-fish.net.
If you want to be successful in the breeding of angel fish, you also need to acquaint yourself with some of the disease that can potentially affect the growth of the fish. Among the problems that can affect the longevity of angel fish include: pop-eye, which is caused by failing to clean the fish tank and parasites; white spot disease which is caused by parasites; and loss of appetite.
Keeping the environment where the fish live is a key pre-requisite to successfully breeding angel fish.
It is also important to understand that angel fish will become territorial if they have formed pairs and are ready to spawn. Because angel fish tend to be territorial in general, it is best to breed them on their own without other types of fish.
“When genital papillae appear, the Angel Fish is about to spawn. These little nipples are used for depositing eggs and fertilizing them. Then they choose a spawning plate and clean it two or three days before spawning. After a few days the female lays eggs and the male fertilizes them. After few hours unfertilized eggs turn white and the parents will remove them,” states http://www.aqua-fish.net.