Hey guys. I was watching my 55 gallon Amazon tank out of the corner of my eye while I was working on my laptop. All of the sudden I noticed a HUGE amount of tiny floating debris in the water. It looked soft.
My Lemon Tetras have practiced some spawning behavior, but I have never seen evidence of a successful laying. I never even suspected a successful turnout because my pH is at 7.4, and Tetras don't usually spawn in water that is higher than 7.
The debris did not really look like round eggs at all. They all were short, not really all that relatively thin, but not fat, and were slightly curved. Does this match the desciption of any Characins' eggs you can think of? The Lemon Tetras seemed interested in consuming about 50-80 of these remaining pieces, so I fed them some flakes to fill and distract them. They lost interest in the giant, strange looking mass of unknown objects.
What else could it have been? I have some (free) ramshorn snails that are pretty small swimming around near the top of the tank. 3 at the most, but I don't think there was more than 2 when I checked after I fed the tetra. I doubt ramshorns lay a humungous mass of waste, because they are supposedly very light on the bioload. It was sort of near my air-powed sponge filter, but it didn't seem effected by the currect. It seemed to come from a different direction.
I also have a piece of Anacharis that isn't in great condition growing up near the sponge filter. Does this sound like something that would be caused by a sprouting Anacharis?
I would just like some advice. I don't really know what to think of this, but if it is Lemon Tetra eggs, I would really like to dig them out of the substrate and raise them, because I keep losing Lemon Tetra, and I am sick of it. My LFS does not take great care of Lemon Tetras, so I recon I will probably not buy any more school fish from them under the exception of the Von Rio/Flame Tetras, because I can't find those anywhere else.