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Old 05-01-2007, 05:54 AM   #31
 
Julie:

I very much appreciate you keeping us "up to date" with your posts.

I would also be very interested in other "particulars" (ie. what are you keeping them in now, it's filtration, temperature, WC's, what are you feeding them, etc.).

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Old 05-01-2007, 06:42 PM   #32
 
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Thanks Jones! :)

I am still keeping them in the breeding unit unfortunately but at least it's a multiple breeding unit, and so bigger than the normal ones. I think a few have escaped through the little slats though which in unfortunate but under the circumstances, I still think the breeding unit was the best option. Like I said earlier I'm sure, their spawning was very much unexpected to me so I had no provisions for them at the time. I had pretty much given up "trying" to get them to breed. I have bought a 15g tank for them to move into soon but I only started cycling it today, and I want to make sure it is 100% cycled before I introduce them as fry are generally more fragile and I am so absolutely delighted with them that I don't want to take any risks with them.

As for food:

I am still feeding them Lupin's egg mixture twice a day but once a day I am feeding them brine shrimp. I could not (believe it or not) get any baby brine shrimp form my lfs just now so what I am doing is using the ones that you get in a small tube/packet type thing. I am then using this in much the same way as the egg, as in, I am putting some in a cup of water and then mashing it a bit with a teaspoon, so that it becomes part of the water if you like, then using a medicine dropper to squirt some into the unit. The reason behind this is that normal frozen brine shrimp are still too big for their wee mouths. The brine shrimps I am using come in a sort of jelly that is supposed to be really good for the fish, and the actual shrimp are also really small. This makes it much easier to "mush" into the water. I think this could be a good alternative for many people who are unable to get freshly hatched brine shrimp, and not just for cory babies, although when baby brine shrimp becomes available, I will use it.

They are starting to show a bit of their bronze colour now and have clearly defined "faces" so they are really beginning to look like tiny catfish rather then tadpoles, which is what they first looked like. It looks like it will be a good few weeks yet before they look specifically like cories though.

I have since moved the parents, and other cories into a 30g species tank where I have 12 cories currently: 4 bronze, 4 albino and 4 peppered. I may add another 1 of each type in the near future. I have decided to keep them seperate as I plan to try and breed them "properly" now that I know I definitely have a spawning pair. I would ideally like to breed each of the varietues as well, because currently the only ones I know I have a mix of sexes is the bronze.

I will still continue to update this thread. I am really learning as I go a long but you never know who might benefit form reading this. If I post anything that seems like a bad idea, please, let me know. Also, feel free to ask questions or PM me if you'd like to know more. I can't claim to know 100% what I'm doing here, but so far what I'm doing seems to be working, so I can't be going that far wrong.

Thanks for reading, and not being fed up by now of the same thread :)
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Old 05-06-2007, 06:16 PM   #33
 
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Since they were born, there are 11 left, out of 14 which isn't bad IMHO since this is my first time with cory fry, or any fry for that matter! They now have clearly defined fins (dorsal mainly) and are looking decidedly "bronze".

Jones:

You asked about filteration and I forgot to mention it in my last post:

I am using Fluval 3+ in the tank, but since they're in the breeding unit, I don't know how much benefit they are getting form it. Every day however, I lift the unit up, until there is very little water left in it, and back down again, 2 or 3 times a day so that the water is being changed.

Very soon I shall be moving them to a tank of their own, but I just have to wait until it's fully cycled.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:17 AM   #34
 
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Late last night I spotted 2 cory fry in my main tank!!!

It seems that of the eggs that hatched in the tank, because they were on the glass, at least 2 have survived!!

I thoguht they would have been eaten, but it seems not! I'll just leave them there, as they have done alright so far. I was going to keep 2 or 3 of the fry for myself anyway, so I'll keep these 2 'survivors'. :D
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:42 AM   #35
 
That's amazing!
Well done you! I would love for my Cories to spawn, but the pH is probably too high in my tank. Boo hoo! lol

I hope they all survive and grow up to be big, healthy and happy. :D
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Old 05-07-2007, 04:32 PM   #36
 
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That's amazing!
Well done you! I would love for my Cories to spawn, but the pH is probably too high in my tank. Boo hoo! lol

I hope they all survive and grow up to be big, healthy and happy. :D
Thanks Kathryn!

My Ph sits between 6 and 6.5 if that's any help.

I am still "tickled pink" with them. I might be going overboard with my updates here, but you never know, somebody might read something that might help them.
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Old 05-07-2007, 05:04 PM   #37
 
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I might be going overboard with my updates here, but you never know, somebody might read something that might help them.
Julie:

Your detailed updates my prove very beneficial to me.

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Old 05-07-2007, 05:26 PM   #38
 
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I might be going overboard with my updates here, but you never know, somebody might read something that might help them.
Julie:

Your detailed updates my prove very beneficial to me.

TR
:) I hope so. Good luck with your cories - if they are like mine they will show absolutely no interest in breeding and then wait until you least expect it, and then shower the tank in eggs!
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Old 05-07-2007, 07:06 PM   #39
 
Any pictures yet? Beg, borrow, or steal a camera! :)
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Old 05-07-2007, 07:39 PM   #40
 
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Any pictures yet? Beg, borrow, or steal a camera! :)
I have been begging to borrow my mum's but she's not one bit for it! I might resort to just taking it next time I'm up and hoping she doesn't notice. My phone doesn't even have a camera! I might see if my boyfriend's "superphone" will take some and see if I can upload them.

But believe me, when I do manage to get my hands on a camera - you will all know about it! :D [/b]
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