Wednesday, October 3, 2012

John and Christie - Dedicated Lovers

John and Christie McFish proved to be dedicated lovers.

Most angelfish will select their mate when they are juveniles. They mate for life and often live to be 10 years old under the right conditions.

John McFish is a silver angel. He is currently about two years old and about eight inches tall.

Christie McFish (now sadly, deceased) was a smoky leopard angel and petite; fully grown, she was about five inches tall.

They were the first to lay eggs.

They choose the filter that plunged about ten inches deep into the aquarium. It was surrounded by vegetation, which made it more easily defendable.

The female moves along the vertical surface, laying her eggs.

The male follows behind and fertilizes them.

They lay anywhere from two hundred to six hundred eggs. I was to find out eggs have a very high mortality rate, which is why they lay so many. If they are not actively raising their fry, they will lay eggs about every two weeks.

In this picture, John and Christy are guarding their eggs on the filter.

10 comments:

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

Just popped over from Sammy's blog to say hello!
We have some angels in our tank, but they are all quite small at the moment. Looking forward to seeing more of yours :-)

hutchagoodlife said...

Hi. Whee have just popped over on recommendation from Sammy at One Spoiled Cat. Whee gotta say whee though fish were boring but these look kind of interesting. Whee wonder what they must think about swimming around all day.

Just a quick question. You said that the Mummy and Daddy fishies protect and guard the eggs. How exactly would they react to and deal with a threat should it arrise? They look so small and not all that threatening so it cannot be easy for them to be intimidating.

Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil
xxxx

onespoiledcat said...

I have to wonder why they particularly like laying their eggs on the filter....interesting!

Pam and Sammy

p.m.terrell said...

Hi, Misaki! Thanks so much for popping in and leaving a comment! How sweet of our friend Sammy to recommend our little tank-site.

I would love to see pictures of your angels! Will you be posting them on your blog?

p.m.terrell said...

Hi, Gang! Thanks so much for popping from our friend Sammy's blog!

In answer to your question, the adult fish have some pretty sharp teeth and can inflict a bit of harm. I won't put my hand into the tank when they are being protective. When I clean and put the water vacuum inside, they will attack it and sometimes knock it out of my hand. So they are capable of warding off predators in the water like other fish or waterlife. But if a kitty or a pup were to happen along... They could have a nice fish fry!

Love to Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil!!

p.m.terrell said...

Hi, Pam and Sammy!
Thanks for dropping in. They always lay eggs on a vertical surface. They prefer amazon leaves in the wild. They will also lay eggs on slate or glass. Because they are so large, they prefer things higher in the water. It also protects them from the life at the gravel level - like the little Merry Maids that swim around!

Dianna said...

Hi, Miss Trish,
Sundae (and Motor Mommy) visiting from Sammy's place today. We know nothing at all about Angel Fish, so we're going to learn a lot from your new blog!
Love, Sundae

p.m.terrell said...

Thank you for visiting, Miss Dianna! I love your blog and all your pictures. I hope you'll enjoy my little angelfish blog. I'll be posting some interesting videos of my new batch of babies soon!

onespoiledcat said...

Well that does make sense - I knew there was a REASON why they'd do that....those eggs would make yummy snacks for those "cleaner fish" that keep the tank clean. Sushi!

Pam

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

Yes, I'll try to post a few this week :-)