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Group Spawning in Angelfish

It is not uncommon for angelfish to spawn in a group. It usually happens when there isn't enough space in the tank for the number of fish it holds so that a pair can successfully defend a territory.   The problem is that literally every time they spawn in a group, they also eat the eggs almost as fast as they lay them.  So, what seems like it might have been a good thing, is actually a sign that the pairs need to be separated and given their own tank. In this video,  there are 6 fish participating in the spawning and a few fish that are not allowed to. (sorry for the video quality, but it was a very...

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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 2-3 days of this, they are vigorously seeking the dry food and we then...

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Creating Longfin Super Red Bristlenose

In 2009 we acquired an ornamental Ancistrus labeled as Super Red Bristlenose. Throughout 2009 and 2010 we raised many standard fin Super Reds in substantial numbers. We also continued to keep Brown, Albino, and Blue-Eye, in Longfin and Standard (wild-type). I remember having a few discussions with Steve concerning putting longfin into the Super Red but we knew we were at least two years behind the curve on creating them. We expected the longfins to show up any day from Germany or from one of the US breeders that were working with Reds. Some of the early stock we were working with: Early in 2011 we had plenty of standard Super Red in the hatcheries but for some reason we...

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Swordtail Project Evolution

I've enjoyed working with more types of fish than just angelfish since I was a small child. I've always had fancy livebearers of some type, usually guppies, but often other ornamental types.  There was a period about 25 years ago that I had some amazing swordtails.  They were huge, vigorous and prolific fish.  I hadn't seen anything like them in years.  I was keeping my eye open for something similar, but never ran across any.  Finally, I decided to try to create my own.  I usually go back to wild when I want fish that look and act like they're supposed to. My search for good wild stock led me to Select Aquatics, where I purchased a few strains from...

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Using Wild Fish to Improve a Line

I would like to describe a few of the many breeding projects that we are currently working on. A little history will be necessary due to the fact that making changes to the genotype and phenotype of animals obviously takes time. My focus is and always has been, working to improve the Koi angelfish.  Although Steve and I have collaborated on breeding projects a number of times over the years, a few years ago we made the decision to combine our facilities. It was obvious to both of us that it would be far easier to accomplish many of our goals if we worked together. This would allow us to keep a number of different lines for each variety. It...

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