Shady Garden, 20 Long, Start to success. Now with Baby Corydoras!
My group of Corydoras Aeneus, spawned 6 days ago!
What I find fascinating is how it happened. Typically when breeding cory cats, a large, cool water change is performed after a period of "conditioning" with live, frozen, or otherwise high quality foods.
Here's how this spawn happened. We've had a string of weather in the 20°s lately and had a, true to new england, oddball warm weather day in the 50°s.
We opened up all the Windows in the house which is normally kept at 70°, this tank in particular was at 80°.
Within 5 minutes, I returned from another room to find my corys frantically placing eggs everywhere. (Breeding stopped when I disturbed them). After moving the resident Betta fish, i ran out to the store to acquire a 3 way breeder to allow for waterflow.
Upon returning from the store, my egg count had rose from approximately 15-25 eggs, to around 150. I rolled the eggs off the glass, using my thumb and placed them individually on the walls and floor of the breeder box, spacing them as to not pass any fungal or bacterial contamination.
I left about 50 eggs in the tank with the adults, and the rest were moved into the breeder.
4 days later, my dog woke me up early, so I checked the tank, to find the vast majority of the eggs in the breeder had hatched. I also witnessed the fry swimming through the cracks that the eggs couldn't fit through.
Using a turkey baster, I moved as many fry and unhatched eggs to a specimen cup with almond leaves, java moss and an airstone.
As of this morning, some fry have finished off the yolk and are foraging for food on the leaves, a miniscule amount of baby brine and a spec of New Spectrum Fry food.
Some eggs show no sign of going bad, but have yet to hatch.
A few things that suprised me:
My group of hillstream loaches, while always in the vicinity of the eggs, never ate any.
My Bristlenose never ate any eggs.
The parents never ate any eggs.
Other then that, my L010A , Red Lizard Catfish has been moved into the tank and I'm attempting to find more in my area.
Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them
In the halls of Valhalla
Where the brave may live forever.
Last edited by Aquatic Athlete; 02-02-2018 at 04:13 PM.