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Re: Angels and clowns
Posted By: Ed Averill <email@example.com> In Response To: Angels and clowns (Tibor)
Date: Monday, 11 September 2000, at 11:18 a.m.
In Response To: Angels and clowns (Tibor)
I have a single angel in with my clowns and they get along pretty well (they were even shoaling together this morning, playing "follow the angel" - no nipping, just all swimming along with "Attitude Fish" - I guess because Boss Loach was still asleep).
As to spawning, I have a pair in another tank that has spawned several times (the tank is the angel pair and a whole army of corydoras). The angels end up eating the eggs, but... hmm.. they're both female! They spar, they clean the slate together, they eat together... all the signs of pairing.. but they haven't figured out that they need a male angelfish to get the eggs to hatch. They're happy together so I'm not going to interfere (that and I don't have enough tankspace for cute, tiny little angelfish right now anyway). You get a LOT of notice, according to what I've seen you'll get some weeks of sparring and slate-cleaning, then the egg tube becomes visible and shortly thereafter (usually hours) the eggs get laid by the dozens and dozens. NOTE: Angelfish can be VERY AGGRESSIVE about protecting the eggs sometimes, mine will chase all the corys in the tank (and there are about 15 of various varieties) off to the "far half" (there are two angled slates for angelfish eggs, one at each end of the tank - so the "far half" is the one away from the eggs). While my corys are not dumb (so they get the heck out of there when chased by a large, aggressive cichlid) I've heard that angels will kill if the offending fish doesn't leave the area.
I've had "Attitude Fish" in the loach tank take the occasional nip at a loach, for what it's worth the nipped loach tends to simply give 'Tude the "fish eye" and swim away - no visible harm done at all. I'm not sure if this is because 'Tude isn't trying particularly hard to have "loach for dinner" or if loach skin is tougher than it looks...
Sorry for the data dump, hopefully some of this will prove useful!
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