Originally Posted by bulatz
So this my first time having any fish eggs pretty cool, i barely noticed them. They are on my heater, i just bought a breeding chamber thing but since they are on my heater what is my options.
do i perhaps get a brush and try to gently brush them off my heater into the breeding chamber? or just give the heater a little shake underwater and detach the eggs maybe? they will most likely get eaten i imagine but perhaps i can learn a thing or 2 here about breeding fish eggs and give it a solid attempt. i do have other tanks but they aren't quite set up for this.
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do for these eggs other than turning off the heater or removing the heater to another tank. When the heater turns on, it will be cooking the eggs. Angelfish eggs are very sticky and trying to get them off will cause them to break open. If they were fertilized, they should hatch in about 3 days at 78-80 degrees. Warmer temps will speed up the hatch time, cooler temps will slow it down. Once they hatch, the parents will move the fry around to help protect them so when they hatch, before they get moved, you'll want to remove the fry by using a siphon hose and siphon them into either another smaller tank ( 5 gallons for under 50 fry or 10 gallon for more than 50 fry) or a small container to release them into the other tank. Use the water from the main tank for the new tank for now. If the parents are caring for the eggs, you will see them using a fin to fan water over the eggs. If there are other fish in the tank, they can become very aggressive protecting their eggs.
If the eggs were not fertilized or possibly already damaged, they will turn white in roughly 24 hours of being laid. If they all turn white, best to wipe the heater clean as the dead eggs will fungus over and if the fish try to eat them, a common occurrence, can cause issues down the road. If only some of the eggs turn white, they are dead but the other tannish colored eggs are alive. The parents should pick off the dead eggs or keep them from fungusing.
First spawns do have a long history of failing so let's start here and see how it goes. In the meantime, here's some more information for what's coming up:
Just so you know what you are getting into, here's a thread about raising Angelfish. It covers just about everything you might experience breeding and keeping Angelfish. Happy reading. https://www.aquariumadvice.com/forum...st-237956.html