Cinnebuns Posted January 25 Share Posted January 25 (edited) Sometimes someone wants to breed a fish but not necessarily have maximum yield. Maybe you just want to make a few more for yourself. Or maybe you just want to do some lazy breeding. Often when we talk about hands off breeding live bearers are frequently mentioned. Egg layers have a much higher success rate if you pull eggs but it's not always required! I have been breeding panda cories for about a year and a half now. Not at expert level by any means but enough to have some experience. I'd like to pass some of that on. I do pull eggs and have a grow out tank system but I have also gotten dozens of cories to magically appear in the main tank on their own. I fully believe cories are a great choice for hands off breeding! As always, fish are unique and there are other things that can work and some of this may not work for all fish. If you are interested in the methods of pulling eggs and doing grow out tanks that post is here. I plan to read through it and update it over time: Tank Setup: Hands off breeding of cories requires some conditions in the tank to increase your chances of success. You most certainly can be successful without it, but this will help a lot. The most important thing is a place for them to lay the eggs and where the eggs can hide. Heavily planted tanks are helpful for this. What is especially helpful however is moss or something to simulate moss. They like to hide their eggs. I have found 2 things that have specifically worked for me. I have always used a spawning mop. A majority of my cory eggs are laid in them. There are many videos on YouTube how to make them. The other thing I have found to work surprised me. I made a tree out of anubias nana petite and anubias nana golden. These plants are dense enough that I have found eggs hidden in there. I have also found eggs on random stem plants but not very often. Do keep one thing in mind. Some cories are unnatural layers and prefer to lay their eggs on the glass rather than in plants. If this is yours you may have a harder time getting them to hatch because they will be out in the open and an easy snack for anyone. Egg Eaters: Any fish or invert has the potential to eat eggs. Some however seek them out more than others. The cories themselves will eat their own eggs if given the chance. I cannot possibly go through an entire list of fish and inverts to avoid. I will say this though. In my experience the top egg eater is snails and specifically pest snails. Pest snails mainly because they are everywhere and are hard to keep away from the eggs. I have also watched a mystery snail book it across the tank after an egg was laid. I moved him back and he immediately started booking it again. I have mini ramshorn snails in the tank where my adult panda cories lay. I was getting NO, ZERO, NADA eggs until I started controlling their population AND pulling eggs while the cories were spawning as well as picking off any snail in the mops. Since controlling their population I do still get fry popping out of the main tank so it is possible to do. It just requires a smaller population of snails. Your School: more to come...I need a break but will add more later Edited February 4 by Cinnebuns 1 3 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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