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Old 02-18-2011, 09:54 PM   #1
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eggs on the glass - do fish lay eggs on glass?

Got home this evening, feeding all the little hungry mouths, and noticed a small cluster of eggs in a corner of the aquarium, about 1-2" above the gravel. Looking around more carefully, I found three other little pods of eggs, two of them at the opposite end of the tank, though all of these collections were all close to the top of the tank. I haven't noticed anybody seeming especially protective of those areas.

The eggs are opaque, about the size of the head of a pin, and in groups of about 5-10 eggs. The only fish I have in my tank that could possibly breed are black skirt tetras, assorted cory cats, or Bolivian rams. Off hand I would think they were snail eggs (especially since the little pods are at opposite ends of the tank) but haven't seen any snails in months and it's probably been about six months since I've added any plants or decor, plus the rams and cories make pretty quick work of snails. Also no new fish acquisitions lately.

So, any guesses as to who these eggs might belong to? I'm still hoping that two of my rams will breed but it doesn't seem very likely that this is from them..

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are they in a half moon shape... or relatively close?
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Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like the rams. I think it's the Cory cats. As for which cory cats, I couldn't tell you, not sure what Cory cats you actually have. Cories will lay eggs in clumps on the tank wall. They also will most likely eat the eggs.
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Well... Either way... Congratz on having some happy fish!
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are they in a half moon shape... or relatively close?
Sorry, do you mean the shape of each little pod/collection of eggs or each individual egg? Each collection is just kind of a spattering, if anything maybe oval in shape - a few at the top and bottom and several clustered in the middle. As for individual egg shape, all appear to be more or less round.
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Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like the rams. I think it's the Cory cats. As for which cory cats, I couldn't tell you, not sure what Cory cats you actually have. Cories will lay eggs in clumps on the tank wall. They also will most likely eat the eggs.
I've really been hoping that the rams would mate but thought that they were probably too smart to spread their eggs at either end of the tank, since I thought they were decent parents. As for cories, I have 2 pandas, 3 peppers and 1 false julii (lost other 2 juliis recently). Is there anything I can do to keep them from eating the eggs? Don't really have a good fry set-up, best I could do would be an uncycled 1gal tank with substrate filtration.
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Well... Either way... Congratz on having some happy fish!
Thanks! I was excited to see the eggs, just wish I had a better way of ensuring that at least a few survive to fry-status!
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Sigh... Don't we all?
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If the one gallon is the best you can do, I would just let this one go. If you really want fry now that the opportunity has arisen, wait until you have a cycled breeding tank ready. The part about it being uncycled bothers me. Fry are in no way hardy, and some cories aren't the hardiest either. They just wouldn't survive the natural cycling of the tank. I hope I have helped.
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Wait, do you have plenty of hiding places? If a few fry are truly meant to survive, they will. You may be able to get some to survive. Maybe.
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