At what age do angels stop breeding

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  1. Michelle koeks

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    Hi guys

    We bought a tank today which came with 2 angels that's have paired however I was told that the angels don't spawn anymore because they are too old. When I asked their age I was told they are 3 years old.

    I would just like to know at what age do angels stop spawning as 3 years seems young but then again I'm not that familiar with angels.

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    Hi and welcome to the forum

    Sorry.. i dont have much experience with angels either but i am sure one of the other members will soon chime in.. i must say though, that it does sound too young to me too..
     
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    How long will angelfish continue to breed?

    A few factors will come into play here. First, the female is the key in a pair, and each female seems capable of laying a certain number of eggs in her lifetime. If they are laid frequently in large numbers when she is young, then she may run out of mature eggs and quit at a younger age than if she had delayed spawning. In other words, high temperatures will increase the rate eggs are laid and the female angelfish will become infertile at a younger age. Genetics is also an important factor. Some angelfish capable of spawning larger numbers of eggs have acquired this trait through selective breeding. Care is another important factor. Raising angelfish under substandard care will cause females to lose condition and not produce eggs, even when still capable. We've seen female angelfish that spawned until 7- 8 years old and we've also known angelfish to be completely spawned-out at two years of age. Long term, it's important to choose breeder angelfish based on their fecundity. To do this properly takes many breeding pairs to choose from and few aquarists will be able to do this.

    A link to a good website:
     
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    Thank you for your response. Not sure what her previous spawning was like but will try find out that may give me some direction.
     
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    Could be a fad, I'm sure angels can live a good few years and only spawning till 3 doesn't make sense.

    If good stable water quality, proper food and a comfortable environment are provided they may still spawn

    @Super Sywurm I'm not sure if that's how it works, they produce eggs from scratch every time so once they are old their body doesn't invest in it anymore. that's how I see it :)
     
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    That will make more sense if you keep this in mind:

    Again, because angelfish are very accommodating fish, they tolerate a pretty wide range of temperatures. But they do thrive when the water temperature is right in their wheelhouse, between 72° and 82° F (22° and 27° C), with 80° F being a good target.[2]
    • Keep in mind the tradeoffs of different water temperatures. Warmer water is arguably better for angels' immune systems, whereas colder water increases their lifespan.
    (source wikihow.com)

    Also keep in mind, I might be right or wrong, I get this information from the internet. You can interpret it in anyway. I am no expert.

    With this info, it also depends on at what temp the angels was kept with the previous owners.
     
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    Michelle koeks

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    thank you for your responses.

    I think the tank that they were kept in was to small as it was a 2ft tank which i am almost 100% sure is too small. I am going to move them to a 3ft tank and see if that will make a difference as well as condition the female.

    it makes sense that they would produce eggs from scratch so will test out both theories and take it from there.
     

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