08-03-2011, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
If you want to raise the fry, I would not include any catfish species in the tank. Catfish are usually active during total darkness, when cichlids are not. That is when the eggs or the fry will disappear within seconds. I have had both species of Mikrogeophagus and some Apistogramma spawn in community tanks with corys, and rarely will any fry survive. With very thick plants they might, one or two. I have witnessed a group of corys coming upon a shoal of Ram fry being guarded by the parents, but the cichlids could not defend the shoal from the 3-4 corys, it was over in a few seconds, and this was in daylight. During darkness the cichlids cannot defend their eggs or fry at all. Byron.
My bold. REALLY? My Angels spawned 3 times in my community tank which included 4 corys which even when the divider was put in stayed on the same side as the Angels. Not once did I see the Corys go anywhere near the eggs/fry. My experience with my corys has always been that they are hardly seen, always rummaging on the bottom in amongst the Java Fern.
Today I purchased 4 Albino Corys (small) and have put them in with the Angels. I guess once the Angels spawn again, I will just have to observe the corys closely. So far I have been blown away by the fierce protectiveness displayed by my Angels. During their most recent success with free swimming fry I realised there was a snail on the leaf that mum and dad were trying to keep their fry on so, I felt I had to remove this snail. WELL......bloody hell, I had no idea that these gentle looking fish were so strong and aggressive. I was bitten by both of them (more than once) and they 'barged' my hand so hard I was caught off guard.
I think I am in serious trouble........I am becoming more and more addicted to my fish. With 3 tanks, 5ft/3ft/2ft I am truly in danger of selling my furniture to fit more tanks in