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Is there any way to stop cories from spawning? I have mine in a community tank, and the big female is chased around by the smaller males on a regular basis. She lays eggs maybe every other day. The eggs never make it - my mystery snails, kribensis, and especially the cories themselves usually eat them all within 24 hours. Normally I'd be fine with this, but my kribs are raising fry and while they're doing their spawning behavior, the cories are just completely oblivious and swim too close to the kribs constantly. The kribs aren't too friendly when it comes to showing the cories the door, either. I'm just afraid that one of the cories is going to get itself killed by paying too much attention to spawning and not enough attention to giving the kribs some room.
Cories are pretty hardy critters, they're quite well armored and have spiky fins. They usually fare pretty well with most aggressive fish. If the kribs ever actually take a bite out of your cories, the cories should learn their lesson and keep away. They're smart enough to know if actual harm will be done to them by the kribs, and the kribs are too small to actually eat them.
I'm not worried about them getting eaten...but every once in a while, there is fin-ripping and I've heard it's not uncommon for nasty cichlids to kill armored catfishes by plucking their eyes out. I would *think* that my cories are smart enough to avoid this sort of thing, but they do seem like some of the less-bright fish in my aquarium.
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