Greetings Fellow Fish Lovers.
I am excited and proud to inform you that after a year of waiting, my CW016
) have produced exactly 254
, of what appear to be, viable eggs, this morning. Additionally, we are actually watching the spawning taking place at this very moment. I was a bit hesitant to announce the news - so as to not jinx myself in actually getting fry, but my attitude is that oftentimes the first spawning of any Cory group is unsuccessful as it can take them a few times to get it right. Now that I know they are capable of spawning, I will be disappointed if the first spawn fails, but confident that they will get it right, eventually.
Spawning is in the usual Cory fashion, but all eggs have been laid on broad leaves and roots of floating plants. No eggs, as of yet, have been deposited on the glass or the bottom of the tank. Eggs are medium size and laid in flat groups of 8 to 10 on the leaves and individually in the roots. This specie supposedly comes from an area devoid of plant life, so I find this a bit curious.
We are currently waiting for all spawning activity to cease so we can remove the adults from the tank. I plan to leave 50% of the eggs in the current tank and move the remaining eggs into a tank that has eggs hatching almost everyday, from various other species.
I was very thrilled when my C. weitzmani
spawned, but that took only a few months after acquiring them. This group has taken about a year, almost to the day, to produce eggs. This leads me to believe that they are more than likely, annual spawners.
October 12th will mark my 50th anniversary of raising tropical fish. I would be less than honest if I did not tell you that this is without a doubt the most excited I have ever been, in that entire time. I can't sit in the chair to type.
I truly feel that this specie is one of the most beautiful Corys I have ever had the pleasure to keep. Hopefully I will be able to propagate this fish in significant numbers to start supplying some to other breeders in a concerted effort to make this fish available to more hobbyist, at a more affordable price.
Thank you for allowing me to share my good fortune with all of you.
P.S. Really, now. Isn't this one of the most beautiful Corys you have ever laid eyes on???