My angelfish have become my major focus lately. Aside from the Philippine blues from AngelMania, I’ve obtained a few golds and gold marbles. The golds are here in hope of breeding with the blues and (eventually) breeding platinums. (Platinum angels have 2 gold genes and 2 blue genes, so it’s going to take a couple of generations to get that done!) The marbles are just attractively marked. ;D
Fortunately for the platinum effort, my first breeding pair is a male gold and a female Philippine blue ghost veil. (Sexes are best guesses, crowd-sourced on FishLore, lol. Angelfish are notoriously difficult to sex.) Since they’re going to be staying around, they’re the first of the angelfish to get names: Aurum for the gold, and Selene for the ghost. They’ve laid eggs twice now, successfully fertilized them, then guarded them fiercely for 2 days before making them disappear. Those two batches were within the crowded 36 gallon tank, where I think they may have been quite stressed by the other fish. The pair is now isolated in one half of my new 60 gallon tank, so I hope they’ll feel a bit more secure and can hatch their eggs out. They seem very attentive in caring for the eggs, so I’d like to see them try to raise some babies 🙂
The other half of the 60 gallon will eventually be for another pair of breeders, I hope, so at the moment I’ve got all 5 of my pearlscale fish in there. (Pearlscale is a mutation of the scales that makes them sort of raised up and therefore super reflective; it’s a recessive trait, and may still not even manifest in a fish with the right genes because of environmental factors.) There are 4 blues and one juvenile gold I picked up at PetSmart, so I might even be able to get 2 pairs out of that batch if I’m patient 🙂 Certainly, I’d like to see the gold pair off with someone in a few months once it’s old enough. That would give me two pairs producing potential platinum-parents… if Aurum and Selene manage to raise some kids!
There are still 5 angels in the 36-gallon as well: 3 gold marbles, a blue veil, and a double-dark veil with blue genes. Come to think of it, I’ve yet to get a good pic of the DD now that it’s an adult — it seems to be a shy fish. Here’s my favorite of the gold marbles, though:
The sterbai corydoras are now in the 36g as well, hopefully enjoying the sand bottom more than the gravel they were on before. 🙂 They do their little cory dances along the walls and are probably utterly mystifying to the angelfish XD
Next (and last) update: the livebearers!