How Often Angelfish Lay Eggs?

There are so many different factors that influence how often angelfish lay eggs. Temperature, food, and water quality all play a part in when and how often they spawn.

In general, though, they will lay eggs every three to four weeks. Some angelfish will even lay eggs every week if they are well taken care of! So if you’re thinking of adding an angelfish to your tank, be prepared for some new fish fry to pop up soon!

This blog post will look at some of the basics of angelfish reproduction. And we will answer all your questions about angelfish eggs.

How Often Do Angelfish Lay Eggs?

Angelfish lay eggs every two to three weeks on average. However, some angelfish will lay eggs more frequently if they are well cared for. It may take some species only 7–10 days to lay eggs again after a previous spawn.

This process depends on several factors, the most important being water temperature. The ideal water temperature for angelfish reproduction is between 77 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. If the water temperature isn’t suitable, it will take longer for the eggs to develop and hatch.

How Long Do Angelfish Eggs Take to Hatch?

The eggs of an angelfish take around three days (72 hours) to hatch. Typically, folks believe that eggs hatch quicker at higher temperatures.

However, there’s no need to rush things. Instead, you may leave the eggs to hatch at their regular tank temperature.

How Many Eggs Do Angelfish Lay?

One hundred and sixty is the average number of eggs that an angelfish lays at a time.

Some may lay as many as three hundred eggs, while others may only have as few as thirty.

A female’s age and health determine the size of the clutch. The biggest egg clutches are generally produced during a female’s prime.

Angelfish eggs
Angelfish eggs

When Do Angelfish Lay Eggs?

Healthy female angelfish will start laying eggs at around six to twelve months old. They will continue to do so throughout their lives, which lasts roughly ten years.

How to Tell If an Angelfish Is Ready to Breed? 

Look at your fish’s tummy to determine whether the female is carrying eggs. You will notice a prominent bulge at the ventral part, which will continue to grow as pregnancy proceeds. 

These are the four most common indicators that the breeding season has begun:

What Should I Do When My Angelfish Lay Eggs?

When your angelfish lay eggs, you should remove the parents from the tank. The parents will likely eat the eggs if they are left in with them.

The easiest way to remove the eggs is to take the entire leaf or flat rock where the eggs were laid and put it in the fry tank.

If that’s not an option, you can also remove them with a turkey baster. However, for that to work, you’ll need really steady hands and a gentle touch.

Also, you should set up the hatching tank with similar conditions to the breeding tank, with a small air stone for aeration.

How to Know If Angelfish Eggs Are Fertilized? 

The fertilized angelfish eggs will darken and become translucent to amber or light brown in hue. If they turn white, this indicates that the eggs have not been fertilized

Why Did My Angelfish Eggs Turn White?

When angelfish eggs become white, this means they will not hatch. This is often due to a fungal infection on the eggs.

Also, when the male does not fertilize the eggs, they will become white and will not hatch.

How Do You Prevent Angelfish Eggs From Getting Fungus?

When the male angelfish fertilize the eggs, the fungus can start to form on them which will eventually kill the eggs.

To avoid the fungus, you should use methylene blue to treat the water.

Do Angelfish Lay Eggs without Males?

Females can produce viable eggs without mating, but the eggs will not hatch. To hatch the eggs, you need a male angelfish to fertilize them.

Do Angelfish Choose Their Partners?

Yes, angelfish choose their mates. The process is often prolonged, as the fish will dance and swim around each other before finally pairing up.

Males initiate the courtship by nudging females with their snouts before releasing their milt.

Angelfish pair
Angelfish pair

How Can I Shorten Angelfish Breeding Intervals?

Because angelfish have a genetic clock, it is impossible to shorten their intervals below their hereditary capabilities.

Still, you can do a few things to ensure that you don’t waste time when attempting to breed your male and female angelfish.

1. Provide Them With a Large Enough Space

Angelfish would produce more quickly if they weren’t cohabitating with other fish.

So, you can save a lot of time if the aquarium is big enough for the pair to have some privacy. Since no other fish would be present to distract the angelfish, they would be able to focus on each other and the spawning process.

2. Keep the Water Clean and Well-Maintained

Angelfish are very clean fish, and they will not spawn if the water is dirty. So, it is recommended to make regular water changes and monitor the ammonia and nitrite levels.

3. Feed Them More Often

If you want to breed your fish, you should feed them more frequently. For example, if you’ve been feeding your angelfish two times a day, increase the number of feedings to three times a day.

Also, the food must be enriched with protein. This might include:

  • Beef heart mixture
  • Blood worms
  • Flakes 
  • White worms

4. Maintain Ideal Breeding Water Temperature

According to our experience, angelfish breed most successfully at temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s.

Angelfish that aren’t kept at the correct temperature will not develop the right spawning hormone levels. So, the female would not be able to lay eggs, and the male’s milt would be unable to fertilize them.

In fact, if the water is too cold, your angelfish may not even be able to breed.

5. Use a Breeding Surface

A breeding surface will provide a place for the eggs to attach until they hatch. This can be something as simple as a piece of slate or an artificial spawning mop.

6. Add Some Plants

Plants will not only provide the angelfish with a place to spawn, but they will also offer some protection for the eggs. So, make sure to add some soft-leaved plants, such as Java fern or Anubias.

Here is a youtube guide to teach you how to care for angelfish.

What Should I Do When The Intervals Take Too Long?

If you have done everything you can to shorten the intervals and they are still too long, you might want to change the pair of angelfish.

The most basic error would be to try and breed a pair of the same gender. While it may appear inconsequential, angelfish are difficult to tell apart from other species compared to others, which makes it more difficult to identify their gender.

Another possibility is that the pair are not interested in each other. This can happen for several reasons, such as if they’re not the right match or not ready to breed.

If this is the case, you can try to find a different pair of angelfish that might be a better match.

Do Angelfish Breed Easily?

Although providing adequate conditions is necessary, the actual process of breeding is quite simple and can be completed by even novice hobbyists.

To breed your angelfish, you must follow certain instructions. These actions include:

  • Set up a 20-gallon breeding tank
  • Set the pH between 6.0 and 8.0 as they prefer slightly acidic, or basic waters.
  • Set the water’s temperature to between 78° and 86°F.
  • Create a great filtering program to offer powerful flows. You can use a gravel filter, sponge filter, or both, all of which will give enough power for your fish while also keeping small fry out of the filter.
  • Feed them at least 2 to 3 times a day to ensure they are getting enough food, as well as vitamins and minerals.


What Do Angelfish Lay Their Eggs On?

Angelfish can lay their eggs on a variety of surfaces as long as the surface is flat and horizontal.

You can add leaves and other flat surfaces to the tank for them to lay on, or you can purchase a special breeding slate.

Angelfish Has Swollen Belly. Why? 

Pregnancy is the most likely cause of a swollen belly in your female angelfish. When you view the fish from above, you’ll notice a little, convex protrusion around the stomach region.

Aside from that, bloating, constipation and edema can also cause a fish’s belly to swell.

How Big Are Angelfish Eggs? 

The eggs of the angelfish are tiny, but they can still be seen with the naked eye. They’re smaller than the pupil of a needle!

Can Angelfish Change Gender? 

Freshwater angelfish cannot change their gender. However, saltwater angelfish (also called blackwater angelfish) can change their gender from female to male.

What Does Baby Angelfish Eat?

The most common food for newly hatched Angelfish fry is baby brine shrimp. Also, high-protein fish fry mixes are available at pet shops.

However, you should check the ingredients before buying anything and compare them to other fish foods on the market.

How Long Does It Take for Angelfish Fry to Grow?

Fry angelfish can reach maturity anywhere from 6 months up to a year, depending on the amount of food they are given, and the quality of the water they are kept in.

How Often Should I Feed My Angelfish Fry?

You should feed your Angelfish fry no more than 4 times a day with small portions so that they can consume within a minute or two.

This will ensure that they’ve digested the previous feeding enough so that they can eat again without getting sick.

Last Words

If you want to have a healthy fish that lay eggs, it is important to have the correct environment and provide the best care possible.

With the right conditions and a little patience, you’ll be rewarded with a new generation of angelfish in no time.

We hope you have enjoyed this article and that it has given you the information you were looking for. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below.