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Old 08-20-2005, 12:43 AM   #1
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angel fish picking at back of tank.. ready to spawn?????

two of my angels are hovering at the back of my tank by the intake tube of my filter. I don't know if they are ready to spawn or what, i don't see any breeding tubes, they are just kind of staring at the tube, and only pick at it once in a while, if i walk up to the tank they swim to the top for food like normal... are they thinking about spawning? or do they just like the current????
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oh and sometimes they are picking at the heater and sometimes the uptake tube of the filter. And sometimes they swim off for a while.. so are they maybe thinking of spawning?? oh and i see their breeding tubes.. i think! they are flesh colored but they aren't sticking all the way out.. they come out a little and go back in. so i can't tell which is male/female yet. Ive read that they will start cleaning 2-3 days prior to spawning, maybe they are trying to find a good spot????

am i just imagining things? LOL
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oh yeah, i have 3 angels and its just the two of them, and i saw one of them pecking on the 3rd every time he swims by them.. should i take him out? or wiat and see what happens???
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id take it out. you could try puting a piece of slate at a 15 degree angle? and see which one they prefer.
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take what out? and i have slate but i covered it with moss... and im not going to put something in there just for them to spawn.. they will find something if thats what they want. I just want to know if this behavior is what i think it is.
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im pretty sure it is. sry, i wasnt clear. take out the 3rd angelfish.
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oh ok..i thought you wanted me to take out my heater.. lol. Well i don't really have anywhere to keep the 3rd angel and i really like him, i don't want to sell him back to the LFS and then have these two not spawn or something. He was actually fighting back, hes the smallest of the 3 and when the golden one pecked at him, he kinda made a threatening move forward and then backed off. I will keep a close eye and make sure he doesn't get hurt, but so far he's not doing bad.

so even though i only see the very tips of the breeding tubes protruding, will they come out completely in a few days? I know its not poo because one pooped and the tube was still protruding while he/she pooped.. and the tube is kinda flesh colored and wider than poo.
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you could put a divider in the tank until you know for sure what is going on. How big are your angels? If they are around 3 inches then I'd say they are mature enouh to spawn. However, it does sound like they are picking the filter intake as their "area" and usually once they pick a spot, unless it is removed, they will continue to spawn in that same place.
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ok, well they are about 3" and the two are definitely always swimming as a pair, bu ttoday they aren't doing any spawning activites at all. They are just swiming together normally and begging for food! I guess i was just gettin gmy hopes up..
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