I have an Amazonian set up, with 4 angel fish of whom 2 have paired off. They laid eggs tonight, and both were busy with them, making all the right moves... I have a nursery tank full of cory fry just now, so thought I'd try to rear the angels too. I gave them a couple of hours, then removed the leaf on which they'd laid. Since then I've read you should leave them for 24 hours, as that is how long the fertilisation period takes. Have I failed?!
I removed them more quickly as it is a community tank and the angels usually give up their territorial behaviour and either let someone else come in and eat the eggs, or they do it themselves, within a couple of hours.
What are their chances? And how long before I know if they've made it?
Thanks for your PM, but I am afraid I am no expert on plecs.
I think it will come down to the individual fish - plecs are pretty laid back creatures, so I wouldn't expect there will be a problem... But make sure there is plenty of food, so no fighting, and plenty of hidey holes for them if they need to get out of each other's way. I'd suggest large pieces of bogwood with holes/gaps and/or pipes/tunnels.
Is there any way you could take the sailfin on a trial basis?
Hope someone more experienced comes along. Only tank I know with several large plecs is at North Queensferry, the Deep Sea World piranha tank - which has at least a dozen full size plecs living in harmony.
Favourite fish: Plec - any plec, the bigger the better!
Dream fish: Clown loach - even though I've had them in the past, I would love to have a proper massive river system for full grown clowns, at least ten of them.
Reason I haven't got clown loaches yet: I have learnt so much from this forum, and now know how to keep fish in their optimum environment, and will never sacrifice their conditions for my pleasure - so will have to wait til it's my turn to win the lottery to be able to convert a room into an aquarium!
Loving the other ideas too - cor, if I won the lottery I think I'd have a different set up in each room of my new mansion!
If you find out that the floor is wooden rather than concreted, best thing to do to be safe is to put the tank across several wooden joists rather than the weight lying solely on one or two - so it will affect where you can position it.