Wednesday, January 7, 2009

It's a boy...

... and a girl, and a boy, and a girl, and a boy, and a girl, and a boy, and a girl, and a boy....

I woke up this morning to discover that one of my angel fish had laid about 50 eggs on the downspout of my pump.
Here is proud Mama guarding her eggs.

A few years ago, I had another breeding pair in one of Dave's tanks. We watched one night as Mama laid the eggs in neat lines along the pump. Papa followed along and fertilized them all, then Desdemona (my large white veil-tail Angel) followed Papa along and ATE them all!

This was a pleasant surprise, especially to see that Mama is guarding them. But unfortunately, I don't think this bunch are going to make it... I think Papa hasn't fetilized them as many are turning white.... I'll wait a week (they should hatch in about five days) and if they don't hatch, I'll have to get rid of them.

But, if she's laid one clutch, she'll lay another and hopefully Papa will do his duty then!

6 comments:

Rhonda said...

Way cool!

Samantha said...

Very cool! Keep us posted!!

leeniebeenie said...

What do you do after they hatch out?

Jeanne said...

Very cool - she looks really stressed out though...

Alisha said...

Okay now that is too cool!

Angelika said...

I had angel fish before, but I guess it was two females. How can you even tell? Anyway, both of them laid eggs the same time. I could see them go over a leave, taking turns and within an hour they also had caviar, so to speak.