An Unexpected baby... What do I do now?

Discussion in 'Corydoras' started by BettaBoysGirl, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. BettaBoysGirlNew MemberMember

    Hey Everyone,
    Im new to this site, but not fish keeping. I've been caring for several bettas, and a community tank for approx 2 years now. I have 3 male bettas, all residing in their own, 5 gallon, planted tank. I also have 3 adult panda cories, of whom, I owned for approximately 2 years. They live with Julii and False Julii Cories, Cardinal tetras, male guppies, glofish, and several zebra nertites in a mature planted tank. (Ammonia, Nitrites are 0, Nitrates hover between 0 and 5 PPM.) I dont have to do water changes, just simply add water once a week. Once a month though, I do a 30% water change in 4 of my tanks. Okay, enough back ground. LOL.

    Today... I woke to an amazing discovery! A little baby Panda Cory! Hes made it through the odds. I never intended to breed my fish. I keep them for my enjoyment. Today, I found a little newbie, that I didnt add! I have no idea how old he is. My guestimation is anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months. I will post some pictures, and any ideas would be great. He is approximately 5/8ths of an inch long. He looks like a miniature adult, except his pale color is much more translucent then the adults!

    So... Is there anything I need to do special, to help this little one survive?


    If the images dont work, here is alink to the FB album, I posted the pics to!  
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  2. apple429

    apple429Well Known MemberMember

    I wouldn't say so... reason being is that he is small, but he is developed enough to have been living for 3+ weeks... so obviously he is getting his nutrition in... could you take pics of the adults??? Im just curious to see how big your female is... also.... if you pay closer attention to them, you might be able to see the eggs and get more panda cories!!! can I ask what your pH is???

    WELCOME TO FISHLORE!!! :;toast

    and congrats!!! :;balloons
  3. Donnerjay

    DonnerjayWell Known MemberMember

    Hello and :sign0016: to FishLore!

    Wow, what a great surprise! And he is well camoflauged there; I almost missed him.

    Unfortunately I have no worthwhile advice for you, except to continue to let nature take its course. Stand by for more replies!

  4. fishy friend2

    fishy friend2Valued MemberMember

    Panda cories are quite sensitive, as long as you give him a well diet, lots of free swimming space, and lots of places to retreat to, and hide in, then he should do fairly well, and grow to a healthy full sized adult. Just watch out for any of the larger fish going after the baby, in it's first few months of life it is very vunerable to the other fish attacking it
    Good luck with your fry, and welcome to fishlore
  5. apple429

    apple429Well Known MemberMember

    From what I have read... Panda cory fry can be easily overfed... that's why I recommended that you just keep doing what you normally do... and keep your parameters at optimum levels!!

    ILOVECORYSValued MemberMember

    If you only just discovered him/her and has been surviving ok then I wouldn't change anything. :)
  7. apple429

    apple429Well Known MemberMember

  8. LyndaB

    LyndaBFishlore LegendMember


    I discovered two peppered cory fry in my tank about a month ago and it was a shocker. I haven't changed a thing about how I do maintenance or feed the tank.

  9. OP

    BettaBoysGirlNew MemberMember

    My PH is 7.8. Yes I know its a little high, but I was told by many its better to let them adjust to it, then try fussing with it, and possibly it getting out of control. Since the adults are at least 2 years old now, and have had the same conditions the entire time I have had them. Im not concerned. they even produced the little one... who is currently hiding somewhere in the tank! LOL. I cant seem to find him today, I suspect hes in the japanese laten hidey hole thats in there.
    I took a few pictures of the adults. There are 3 of them. Im not sure which is male and female.. but I suspect the one I call Rosey (where gills are, more red shows through skin then the others, giving her a Rosey Cheek look), is truly a female. I've been trying to sex all 7 of my cories. LOL. I have 3 Panda Cories, 3 Julii Cories, and 1 False Julii (I picked this one up from a different store, labeled Julii Cories... wasnt untill it grew up, I found out different lol).
    My guestimate is 2 female Pandas and 1 male. With the Julii, I think its 2 males, 1 female. And as for the Falso Julii who I Call "The King" (because he sits on his perch in this stone cave most of the time, I am pretty sure is a female and has been renamed "The Queen"

    Anyhow, the Pictures arent that great, because they were being camera shy. I hope you get an idea of how big they are. :) Im not really hoping for more babies, but if they show up, I will care for them :)

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  10. OP

    BettaBoysGirlNew MemberMember


    Oh and If Anyone is curious.. this is the tank they reside in, a 20 gallon Long! They Live with a smattering of Cardinal Tetras, Male Guppies, GloFish, and a few Zebra Nerites, along with several live Plants.
  11. apple429

    apple429Well Known MemberMember

    Beautiful Tank!!! Good Job!!!

  12. apple429

    apple429Well Known MemberMember

    Hey there... just looking at your female panda cory (last picture) again and noticed something... I think those are eggs on the decorations... could someone "+1" me on this? I know this post is old, but if you want more cories... your could watch those eggs...

    EDIT: Oops... second to last picture (the one with the female cory)
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2012
  13. OP

    BettaBoysGirlNew MemberMember

    Hey Apple, They are eggs, but not cories. They are zebra nerite eggs. They are ALL over my tank lol. Honestly, I don't want more cories, the little one was just an accident. As for the nerite eggs, they are not viable, due to lck of brackish water. :)
  14. apple429

    apple429Well Known MemberMember

    OHHHHH!!! okay... i would suggest you DO try to breed your cories and sell them to your LFS for filters, food, etc... that's what I do with my swordtails... and it helps A LOT with the cost of things!

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