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My Angel Fish Walstad Tank

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I've learned after many months on this board that the best way to deal with grief from the loss of a fish is to - get another fish. And, while I don't regret a moment of my experience with dwarf cichlids, I think it may be time to move on. While at my LFS on Friday, I noticed these two in a tank by themselves with no price, only the warning that they "May eat fry". Well, that caught my attention. And, sure enough, in the tank a couple of spaces over, there was an entire 17 gallon tank devoted to "silver angel fish fry". They couldn't have been more than a couple days old; theylooked like little snow flakes suspended throughout the tank. The fry would have been my first choice to come home with, but the manager wanted to hold onto them a little longer. Interestingly, the breeder was still in the store and gave me a price when I asked about the parents. They were a little above my budget, but then I figured how often do you come across a couple of healthy fish, this size, newly arrived, with the breeder standing right there!

I also quickly calculated how expensive it would be to try to mate angel fish on my own and tried to justify it that way: $10 a pop for a dozen juvies and still not be guaranteed any of them would be attracted to each other?

Anyway, here they are. I had a fitful night checking on them just to make sure they weren't poisoned by something. But they seem really chill and a real point of departure from the world of apistos:
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A mated pair are chill but don't add another angel. Holy terror will break out. They're cichlids after all.
Adult angels are pretty.
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Well, it's been 48 hours since the new fish came to their new breeding tank and so far there are two parallels to the apistogramma experience and one of them is how acclimated they are to New York City soft water. The ambient temperature is 75 degrees, well below their published spawning requirements. But it took only a couple of days for them to exhibit "billing and cooing" behavior. There was a tiny bit of skin or fungus hanging from one of their lower lips that had me alarmed for most of yesterday until I noticed this morning that it had been pecked away by the other!

The other lucky break, and quite like the apistos, was that their reluctance to eat for the first 48 hours didn't mean they required live food. They were hungrily gobbling up flake food as of this morning.
I'm thanking my lucky stars as I type this. The angels are all right after being left alone with an automatic feeder for an entire week. What I feared most was what actually happened: the floating feeding ring did get pushed aside by the salvinia minima carpeting the surface in my absence. The automatic feeder was just piling food on top of the floaters for I don't know how long. Strangely enough, neither adult seemed terribly hungry by the time I adjusted everything:
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