Originally Posted by Ajones108
I just bought 3 today (unsure of male or female) and I'll get 2-3 more once my new tank is set up (we didn't have anymore money this week hehe). So we'll probably have a good mix of male and female lol. If they do decide to spawn on me I'm sure they'll just take care of the eggs, and if they don't... well we'll see how many cory babies I end up with XD
If you post pictures later I could sex them for you. It's pretty easy to do once you figure it out. Caring for the cory eggs is actually a lot harder than getting them to spawn lol. My cories always, always eat the eggs that aren't protected by Horton the betta. Horton thinks he's a cory and that he's obviously the daddy of these eggs so he must defend them from his cannibalistic brethren. We picked his name to fit the theme of the tank before we got to know him but he lives up to the Dr. Seuss tale by caring for eggs that aren't even his.
If you actually want the spawn it's generally recommended not to spawn in the community tank because they certainly will get eaten. Either way you either have to remove the eggs or remove the fishes from the spawning tank. The eggs have a tendency to grow fungus especially when they're not fertilized so you have to remove all the white eggs right away so the fungus doesn't spread and breeders tend to get better success when they add methylene blue right after the spawn. Fertilized cory eggs are tan and getter darker as they develop. I think its so they can hide in the sand from the horrible parents lol. They need lots of air pumped in after they hatch because cories are bottom dwellers and they need live food similar to what betta fry eat.
So far we haven't actually done anything to protect the spawn since I'm at college and my parents aren't prepared to deal with lots of cory fry. The first ever spawn they had was easily 150 eggs after they started feasting. Now the spawns are smaller since they've become more frequent. We don't do anything to get rid of the spawns either though. Horton's eggs usually hatch but after that we're pretty sure the catfish eat the fry since we've not seen any yet. Each day my mom counts the catfish though to make sure we don't have anymore than we're supposed to
. She's more worried about that than losing a catfish.