Cory catfish babies! Help!!

zaxbee

Hello!
i just did a water change and gravel cleaning (I’m literally shivering thinking about me accidentally sucking one up)
I have a 36gal bow front with sand substrate, I have a decent amount of fake plants along with real plants. I noticed today while walking by the tank a tiny tiny tiny thing swim across the bottom (about 1cm). It turns out to be a baby Cory catfish (panda). I have 4 adult panda corries along with 1 peppered. I’ve so far seen 3 they are so tiny but resemble pandas (black eyes and top fins). I’m not sure how long they have been in the tank but idk what to do.
Should I try to scoop them out and separate them? Or let them be and hope for the best?
Their tank mates are the other corries, about 14 rasboras, 1 Bolivian ram cichlid, and a BN pleco. What will they eat? Should I increase feeding to make sure they get something? Turn the tank lights off so they can hide better?
Sorry for all the question I’m just kind of shocked, and clueless on what to do, I’ve never had any of my fish have babies before

I’ll try to get pictures if I can but they’re so tiny and my camera won’t focus on them.
 

Ckline

If you have a separate grow out tank or tub you could put them in thats what I’d do. I think they’ve just been surviving amongst the plants hiding, pretty sure they would be food for the rasboras and cichlid. If you can’t separate them try and keep everything well fed and to try and feed the fry, crush up some flake food and take a pinch to soak in the water so it’ll sink to the bottom
 

zaxbee

If you have a separate grow out tank or tub you could put them in thats what I’d do. I think they’ve just been surviving amongst the plants hiding, pretty sure they would be food for the rasboras and cichlid. If you can’t separate them try and keep everything well fed and to try and feed the fry, crush up some flake food and take a pinch to soak in the water so it’ll sink to the bottom
Thanks! I just ran to PetSmart and got a little net box thing and tried to Turkey baste them into it (the net was way too big to fit in the small places they were hiding) and they go into the baster and literally swim back out so fast. So I decided to dim the lights to 50% and move most of the plants to the corner I see them in most to give them more cover and hope for the best. I’ll be sure to soak some crushed flake food and put it in once I turn the lights out so they have something to eat tonight. I have a second tank in storage (20 gal hex) but it hasn’t be used in years idk if it even works properly anymore at this point.
 

BradleyH2O

Congrats...I had fry today too. Let’s meet later for a celebratory cigar
 

Ckline

little net box thing and tried to Turkey baste them into it (the net was way too big to fit in the small places they were hiding)
Welcome! Yea unfortunately the box nets have too many designs flaws and aren’t really suitable for corydora fry, I’ve had eggs and fry fall out or get trapped between the netting. I use a separate grow out tank but I’ve seen people use the “hang on back breeder boxes” with a low flow to keep the fry in and safe. Hope it works good luck
 

DoubleDutch

Congrats. If it is allready 1 cm I'd say it is out of the woods and I'd leave it.
 

mattgirl

I agree with DoubleDutch I spied at lest 3 more baby corys in my tank today. Once they get a tiny bit bigger they will come on out and join the adults. Until then they try to stay under cover. I wouldn't be worried about feeding them anything special. They seem to find all the food they need without us doing anything extra for them.
 

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