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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-16-2012, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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I just spotted a baby Cory

He's obviously been in there a little while but I just noticed him today. There are LOTS of hiding places in my tank so there could be more. I notice new babies all the time but this is the first time I got baby cories.

What a cool thing to see right after a crappy day at work.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-16-2012, 04:22 AM
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Very cool! I like your gravel, it reminds me of a stream bottom.

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Nothin' cuter than baby cories, man. They beat all.

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Sorry to be a buzz kill but cories cant live on gravel they need sand
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Sorry to be a buzz kill but cories cant live on gravel they need sand
If you look at their natural habitat they live on sharp rocks, not sand. Yes, they do have soft bellies but they can handle it. Besides, the rocks are rounded not sharp.

Congrats on the baby cory. They are awesome and I hope you have a lot of them in the tank!

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The parents have been in this tank about 4 months. They seem to be doing ok. Little baby Carlos looks quite healthy.

He's soooo cute!
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If you look at their natural habitat they live on sharp rocks, not sand. Yes, they do have soft bellies but they can handle it. Besides, the rocks are rounded not sharp.

Congrats on the baby cory. They are awesome and I hope you have a lot of them in the tank!
Corydoras don't live on sharp rocks. -.-"
If you put a corydoras in a tank full of sharp edged gravel, guaranteed it'll cut up its barbels and they will probably get infected.

Corydoras prefer sand AND/OR round gravel, which he has, so it'll be fine.

Congrats on the cory baby!
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sorry for the misinformation i was just trying to help
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Cory's natural habitat consists of all kinds of substrate from sand to sharp rocks. It is also good to note that there is different types of sand. Make sure you dont get sharp sand as this will mess up your cory's barbels.


Tt120, may I ask what your water parameters look like? pH, temp, etc. Congrats on the cory babies!

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Last reading was 3 days ago but the params are:

Temp 78f
Ammonia 0
Nitrates 80 (always high, test may not be accurate)
Nitrites 0
pH 6 (may be lower, test kit wont read lower)
KH 17.9
GH 107.4

I refill with tap water which is pH of 7.8 but something in the tank drags the pH back down. It's stable so I don't worry about it much. I suspect It's some slate I got from the mountains around here but don't know for sure.
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Wow! I can never get my corys to breed and I feel like I keep them in perfect water. Your low pH is the only real difference from my tank.

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Funny thing is that I wasn't even trying to breed them. I didn't even know they were a pair. I got them from a friend that was getting out of the hobby and he couldn't remember what kind of Cory's they are. They're in a 55g community tank with lots of very hungry fish so I never even thought eggs would last long let alone hatch. I have a bunch of sword/molly mix fish that are breeding like crazy so I have lots of little baby sword/molly (smally?) in there. Frogs and other carnivores in there too.

I only do about %25 water change every 2 weeks or so but I don't always get it done regularly.
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Wow! I can never get my corys to breed and I feel like I keep them in perfect water. Your low pH is the only real difference from my tank.
The pygmy cory bred in a 10gal when water was 70-74F.

It's also a good idea to make it breeding tank, so no other fishes.
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Wow! I can never get my corys to breed and I feel like I keep them in perfect water. Your low pH is the only real difference from my tank.
Same here with my C. Similis, and my pH is 6.4. My theory was that they won't breed if there are other fishes in the tank, but you just proved it wrong.
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I had eggs on my glass when I woke up this morning, from some bronze cories. 10 Minutes into gathering them into a breeder net, my pandas started shooting eggs.
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