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Breeding Tropical Fish – Freshwater Angelfish


As any aquarist succeeds in the hobby, opportunities to do some breeding tropical fish occur.  In this store published in CDApress.com a retired truck business owner has taken up the challenge of breeding the South American Cichlid, freshwater Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) in her home.  It seems like the love of the flattened disclike fish from early in her life has grown into a potential business for Cindi Armington.

Armington just loves angel fish, she said. Their transparent, wispy frames, their lively personalities that perk up when a human approaches.

She adored fish that she owned decades ago, she said, and now that she’s retired from owning a trucking business, she figured it was worth a shot to raise and sell angel fish.

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Breeding Tropical FIsh – Angelfish-pterophyllum scalare

The novice aquarist often feels overwhelmed by having to care for a single community aquarium, but it takes very little time before the habits are established to be able to maintain them easily with very little effort. At that time there is often an opportunity to deal with a breeding pair of some species or other.  Angels are rare as the first to breed, but guppies or other livebearers, like swordtails or platies are often the first experience with spawning fish.

Livebearers will deliver their young right in the community aquarium.  The newborn fry rarely are able to take care of themselves in the tank or escape from the rest of the adult tank mates. Often this is the first time a new tank is needed, and purchased .  It is a very small one and used to separate the fry from the adults.  The quarantine lets them grow up large enough to fend for themselves in the original community.

Angelfish are a challenge when Breeding Tropical Fish

The single fry tank quickly expanded to many auxiliary tanks for Ms. Armington.  She has quite a few tanks in her living room and bedroom.  I can relate, as once, at the height of my breeding phase, I had ten tanks scattered through a 5 room student’s housing apartment.  I can attest to the thrill and the challenge of breeding cichlids of any type, but angels can be a particular challenge as they require quite warm water which increases evaporation over the day.  Filtration can be a challenge as well, since they like clean water but not a lot of strong currents.

Armington’s Hayden home on Monday looked like the setting of one determined to keep finned company. Three fish tanks were situated in her living room, three more in her bedroom.

It is easy to go overboard and become obsessed, in an earlier article on this blog, this issue was discusses.  So be careful and try to have a plan with your fish.  In Ms. Arminton’s case, it is to breed a rare orange angel and supply the local stores which do not seem to be able to stock enough for the demand.  Breeding tropical fish like angelfish can become a problem for genetics, many angels have been so inbred that they are quite susceptible to a number of problems.  Hopefully she will ensure that her breeding stock is wide and varied to help reduce any problems with inbreeding.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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  1. Breeding Angelfish - Pterophyllum scalare - Part 1 - Tropical Fish AquaristsSeptember 19, 2012 at 9:36 amReply

    […] posted an article in our other website, Tropical Fish Aquarist, quite while back about a retired woman who was breeding angelfish. While we wish her the very best with her pursuits, nothing about the mechanics of how to do it […]

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