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Old 05-05-2011, 11:48 PM   #1
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Accidental Cory spawning... Help?!

My mature female peppered corydora has started laying eggs on the sides of the tank/ornaments/everything. I did a PWC yesterday and I suppose she was "in the mood" and the water was a little cooler than usual before the heater got it back to it's usual temp.

Not sure what to do at this point? In the tank I have six peppered cories (three are not breeding size) and a dwarf gourami. I'm kind of worried about my gourami eating the eggs, as he is a pig, but he doesn't seem to have noticed them yet.

I might be able to relocate my fish to my other tanks temporarily if that's what's best for the fry, but I also have an empty ten gallon tank at the moment as well... could I move the fry into that tank as an alternative? I'm a bit overwhelmed by this and I don't know how many of the eggs/fry I should expect to make it.

I also have some spare hornwart just floating in another tank, and I've heard it called the baby saver plant before, so if I chose to leave the fish in the same tank maybe I could just add a good bit of that but UGHHH could really use some advice
off to google cory breeding. ffff-

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Old 05-06-2011, 02:36 PM   #2
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Well, as I kind of expected, my dwarf gourami (Kenneth, yes I'm one of those people that name all of their fish LOL U__U) ate the majority of the eggs last night. I know it was him because one: he is looking fat and sassy this morning and two: his tail fin has been torn in several places. I know most fish don't care if their eggs are being eaten, but apparently my cories do.
There are still about six visible eggs left (there in a spot where Kenneth can't fit because he's too fat), and Pickle Eyes may lay more over the following days, so I'll keep you guys posted. If I get a mass clutch again I'll definitely be moving Kenneth and my juvenile cories to the big tank temporarily.
Who knows? Maybe the leftover eggs will hatch. I have no idea if they're fertilized or not since I never witnessed the spawning, but I guess we'll see in a couple of days. :>
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oh my! I have no experience with this, I cant even tell my cories apart gender wise. (only by name ) GL in your adventure, and hope you get some answers from people who know. I think little cory fry would be SO cute!!
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:05 PM   #4
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Females are wider and have bigger bellies so that their nose and tail don't touch the bottom when they're resting.. It is hard to tell until they reach a certain size, though. I can't tell at all with my three juveniles.
Unfortunately all my eggs were eaten by my dwarf gourami, so if I ever find eggs again I know I've gotta get him out of that tank ASAP.
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a breeding net is best. take a credit card and scoop the eggs on that then put them in the breeder net. they can eat first bites, but yea they'll get eatin if not moved
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I use a razor blade to scrape the eggs off and I place them in a plastic butter tub with a hole poked in the top to add an airline for aeration.
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will juli cories breed ?
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