Angelfish Fry at Feeding Time

Angelfish Fry at Feeding Time

This is a feeding of live artemia given to angelfish fry that are a few weeks old.   The lighter colored fish are the koi from a Koi/Wildcross mating.

Our procedure for feeding artemia is to feed once, maybe twice per day for the first week after free-swimming.  Then, twice per day for the next few weeks, when we then transition them to dry foods.  To transition, we feed artemia in the morning, and then no artemia in the evening.  Instead, we put in a very small amount of fry-sized dry food – but not nearly enough to feed them all even a little bit.  After a 2-3 days of this, they are vigorously seeking the dry food and we then start adding a bit more each time.  Within a week, we can completely remove them from live feedings of brine shrimp if we choose to.

As always, comments are encouraged.

 

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  1. Another Luis here. A couple of my Angelfish decided to lay eggs in the algae cleaner tonight. This is in the 150 gal community tank. I’m trying to venture to remove the eggs and take care of them. Your video was very didactic as to how I will feed them if I decide to go that route. Thanks!

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  2. Thank you Dave! I’ll be very observant at feeding time…

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  3. Sorry Luis…That’s 1.5mm on the pellet. 1.5 micron would be pretty small for an adult fish 🙂

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  4. Is this fry-sized dry food sold on your website? What do you do if there are some live or dry food left over, do you remove it, have snails or bristlenose take care of it? And how soon and/or often do you recommend to do water changes? Finally, from all the strains you have or have worked with, which ones do find to be fast growers and which ones do you find to be slow or not that fast growers?

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    • Luis…The micro foods work great for fry. I often use the “Fry Starter” foods. Fry Starter #1 is small and can be crushed to dust between your fingers very easily. #2 is slightly larger. I start feeding it as soon as the fry can fit it into their mouths and so on to #3, then the slightly larger pellet 1.5 micron for my larger angels. These foods can be found in the “Pellet Foods” section. Once the fry are eating these dried foods I mix in some of the different flakes as well as frozen foods. Much of this food will drop to the bottom so gravel bottoms can be a problem unless you have enough plecos, snails, and/or catfish. These bottom feeders can be a big help if you over feed. You need to be observant. Look at the fry then look at the bottom. If the fry look full and you over-fed you need to see it. Judge how much your bottom feeders need in order to stay healthy. If you fed too much at that feeding then you need to see it. If you aren’t sure let the food sit on the bottom for ten minutes or so and check back. If it is still there, I would get it out with a net or water change. It is always a balancing act. Water quality is important.
      Albino angels tend to grow slowly as well as some lines of fish that are homozygous for zebra or black. Most others grow pretty fast.

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      • Thank you Dave! I’ll be very observant at feeding time…

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