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Could my Cories have had babies???
This morning as I was moving things about in the tank I say 2 tiny little Peppered Cories. Much Much smaller then the 5 adults I have in there. I only saw 2 and would have thought that if they had babies more would have survived. I was shocked. There is so much cover in that tank that I understand why I didn't notice anything until now but.... I think I have some new cory babies.
The cory eggs have a lot of things going against them. They will be eaten by fish in the tank including other cories even in heavily planted tanks; I have not seen the females laying eggs eat them but I have seen rival males pigging out. The eggs are typically laid in groups of 4 to 8 at a time in close proximity on the glass, filter, heater or decorations( plants). Unfertilized eggs will be attacked by fungus, which can spread to near by fertilized eggs causing them to be killed. The same fungus will also attack the fertilize egg, so there will be lose of them as well. If you do not help the eggs in any way, you are looking at a 10% to 20% hatching, include predation by other fish and it is realistic to have 2 cories survive out of 100 eggs laid. But still... pretty sweet. ;)
Originally Posted by Thoth View Post
Ugh! With that info, I might be part of the problem in the Cory department. I saw a bunch of eggs behind the sponge filter and thought it ramshorns. I took my magnet cleaner to them. I have far too many of the stinking ramshorns in that tank yet. I am excited about my 2 babies. There might be more yet but that is all I saw thus far. Hopefully they do not start breeding out of hand now. That tank is full enough. At least they would be easier to sell.
LOL I will work on it. I have not been too successful with pictures of the adult Corie's yet. The baby might be even harder. I will try though. They tend to hang out in the back of the tank under the Sword plants and sponge filter when it isn't feeding time. I guess this is why I never noticed the little ones. That and my life has been busy lately. I just got out of the hospital Friday night so my fish were neglected for a few days. I mean, they were fed and such but not stared at much.
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