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tophat665 08-12-2007 10:08 AM

Albino Cories Dropping Eggs as I type! Help!!!
So I'm sitting here next to my 55 Amazon community -- 6 glow lights, 6 Black neons, 8 Diamond tetras, 5 flame tetras, 2 high fined black skirts, 1 three lined cory, 4 adult and 10 juvenile Sterbas Cories, a male and a female Bristlenosed Pleco, a Clown Pleco, a dozen or so amano shrimp, and 5 Sex Manic Albino Bronze Cories, 3 males and 2 females, who have spattered eggs on my Java Fern Tree on the glass in front of it, on a giant sag leaf, and on the glass behind.

My apologies who go out of their way to get their cories to breed. Mine do it unasked. :oops: However, when my Sterbas bred, they were in a tank with a large pebble substrate, and the Fry could get down in there and hide. These guys have no such luck.

So the questions:
How to I keep my eggs from getting all eaten? Should I remove them to a New, Clean, Bare Tank? With a power filter with a sponge on the intake guard? Do they need current? Add Melafix or Pimafix or both to the water to inhibit fungus? It'll be easy enough to get the leaves with the eggs, but how to get the eggs off the glass? If there white, does that mean they are fertilized, or do I need to wait a bit? The cories are still in the process of breeding, should I wait until they're done?

OK, that's it for now. Please give me some advice and then I'll worry about how to handle fry when I think I might have some.

Many thanks.

(Damnme! I'm getting all excited!!! Looks like the Sterbas may be getting set for another batch, what with all the fish porn going on around them.)

Lupin 08-12-2007 10:17 AM

This might be a good read if you haven't. Lots of luck.:mrgreen:

willow 08-12-2007 11:06 AM

good luck. :)

tophat665 08-12-2007 03:03 PM

Thanks, lupin, that was a hand dandy thread to look through.
Funny how they decided to spawn right before a water change rather than right after. (Probably because I feed live or frozen 80% of the time). In any case, I have set up a 20 high with a top-fin 20 full of zeolite and a 1/2" sand bed bottom (with one nice hunk of driftwood to soften the water a bit. Going to stick a sponge pre-filter on there just as soon as I remember where I put the bedamned thing). I used 10 gallons of water from the spawning tank and 5 gallons fresh from the tap, liberally dosed with Amquel+ and Novaqua+.

I cut all the leaves that had a significant amount of eggs on them and stuck one end in the sand bed to hold them down. I have a fresh bottle of Roti-feast in the fridge for first food. Thinking about chucking a nice ball of Java Moss in there to further keep the ammonia down. No lights, but full in a window. (Northern Exposure, unfortunately - best I could do.)

I have more eggs in the hatching tank than I can conveniently count - certainly more than 100, and an equal amount on the glass on the tank from whence I took them. And Mama is still fat enough I wonder if I might not get another batch later.

Further bulletins in 3 to 5 days.

Falina 08-12-2007 07:38 PM

Glad my post has been of some use to you! :D

Keep us updated - I'd love to hear how they get on!

tophat665 08-15-2007 11:22 PM

Some of the eggs have white fluff growng on them, and there are some stringy things coming off others, and many of them look generally non viable, however,

We have babies!!!! At least a half dozen hatched today. Cute as a bug's ear. Frankly, they look like, hmm, this is a family establishment, so I'll revise my thought to: itty bitty white polliwogs. Unfortunately, since they are albinos, I can only really see them when they're moving. They don't really look any different than another grain of sand when they're sitting.

I have neither the technological desiderata nor the photographic chops to get a picture of them at this size.

Falina 08-15-2007 11:26 PM


Frankly, they look like, hmm, this is a family establishment, so I'll revise my thought to: itty bitty white polliwogs.
Yep - they do indeed!

They're very hard to photograph at that size - I'd wait for a few weeks.

I had bronze fry and they were the same - could only see them when they moved. They all seem to be transparent at that small size!

Good luck with them! And keep us updated on them! :)

tophat665 08-20-2007 10:51 PM

Quick update. Looks like I got 2 o 3 dozen fry. Some of them are big enough that they can bee seen moving from 6' away. I had some casualties, from what I don't know, I just found some little corpses, but most of them seem to be just fine. Managed to do a water change with a python without sucking any of them up. I'm still feeding rotifeast, but I am going to start alternating with frozen baby brine.

Falina 08-21-2007 12:45 PM

Glad to hear they're doing well. I had some casualties as well and like you, I didn't know why. Perhaps they were just the "runts" and mever meant to survive. With the amounf of babies they have there must be some to be expected I think.

tophat665 08-21-2007 04:31 PM


Originally Posted by Julie
....With the amounf of babies they have there must be some to be expected I think.

Exactically - some of them never hatch, some never should, and some do fine. That's the way it goes. Even with humans I think the failure rate on fertilized eggs is something like 83%, so no big deal to lose some fish spawn.

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