1059-1250, Costa Rica
Posted Jul 18, 2016
I basically inherited the fish tank with then 12 angel fish in it. I liked them right away but did not know much about them. So I started reading about them and asking some experts in the local pet store that specializes in fish. Water temperature, food and cleaning was learned very quickly.
Soon after that I started observing lots and lots and lots of eggs that were laid on on part of the glass and I was able to tell right away which of my fish were the parents of this offspring. Nice I thought, till I saw that all the eggs were eaten up by the other fish, little by little and also by their protective parents. The parents got to be very aggressive with the other fish and they even hurt each other. So it was time to learn again. A long process which took a lot of trial and error. I did not like that at all as I felt somehow bad for every single egg that was eaten.
At first I simply divided the tank into two parts with a mesh like material. The next bunch of eggs came soon and at first it looked like they were doing better. But a few days later, they were all gone again. The rest of the fish in the tank seemed to be very stressed by the division and by not being able to get to the other side and eat those eggs.
So I decided to get a new separate tank for the couple, a smaller tank in which I put a terracotta roof tile on which soon after they put another set of eggs. And YES, they hatched and about 60 little tiny ones were swimming around. The happiness did not last long, one morning they were all gone. Even so I had gotten special fish baby food for them, I failed to feed them every hour. So I found a great battery operated automatic feeder which did that job for me with the next "batch". That time it was about 70 little ones and 40 survived. That was a big thing for me and I had to by yet a third tank to give them all enough space. I did not even think about giving some away, and never about selling them. A pet for me is not to be sold.
They all became beautiful and big and the couple in the single tank kept reproducing. They seemed to be in the very right environment. I did two more breeding cycles and then really had to start to give them away. I then separated the parents, which made me feel sad but I felt it was the right thing to do. Till one of them died shortly after and I felt sooooo guilty. I then gave more and more of them away as I could not dedicate enough time to so many fish. They all found good homes. I never bred again and after little by little most of them died of age or one time of a bacteria in one tank, I did not have new fish ever since.
I get very attached to my pets and the short cycle of life and the experience with not knowing right away what to do with them after the babies were there and all the trial and error did not feel fair to me. So I think if one gets into breeding pet fish, you need to know beforehand everything about it, have enough space, time or a plan with them. I think breeding should be done only by professional breeders or people that can really get into it. Just for fun I would never recommend it.