t all started when 1 bought a bag of
5 small albino cory's (Corydoras aeneus) at Solway ( Dumfries)
last October. When 1 got home 1 put them in a tank to grow them
on. Once they started growing 1 started to sex them out and
to my horror they were all females, now as 1 wanted to breed them
1 started my quest to find a male. Now for such a common wee cory
you would think, 'nae bother' to pick one up, wrong!.
For a couple of months we tried, no joy at shops, shows, auctions
even people known at the shows, still no joy. Then one night at
our club, bingo! (no, 1 don't mean Agnes McCartneys bingo), Andy
Morton told me he had a male. Now Andy being the nice chap
that he is allowed me to borrow his male, and 1 gave it the tenancy
of a 2ft.x 15 x 12 tank complete with dark gravel, bio filter
and a small power head to add extra current to the water which
had a pH. of approx 6.5 and let him settle in. The next day 1
picked my best female and put her in with a new friend, now to
try and get them to spawn. 1 had only half filled the tank with
water, (approx 7") temp about 70f.and changed a gallon of
water each day for four days then, hey presto! they had spawned.
Corydoras aeneus (albino)
1 removed the parents back to a 3' 0"
tank but no joy, the eggs fungused and I lost them. Now patience
(lots of it) is the name of this game so here we go again. This
time after 1 took the parents out and 1 put in fungicide at
the recommended dose and crossed my fingers and waited for the
eggs to hatch. I watched them and saw the tiny little fry wriggle
from the egg and dive straight to the bottom of the tank and
hide in the gravel, until their yolk sac was absorbed. After
about three days 1 noticed they were free swimming about the
bottom of the tank scavenging for food. (1 had removed the small
power head when the eggs started to hatch.)
Now the hard work begins, to try and rear them without any major
tragedy. In between my household chores and every time 1 passed
by the tank it was a case of feed me, feed me now!.
Food for them was no problem, fry powder, microworm, crushed
flake, with a wee treat of brine shrimp and mashed bloodwonn
(frozen stuff). 1 am still rearing two spawnings of albino corys
and my reward for all this patience and effort is my breeders
certificate, after all this is our "hobby".
Andy's male certainly enjoyed his stay with us, (well wouldn't
you, two good meals a day, plus enjoyment) and I'm sure my females
would welcome him back with "open fins". Thanks Andy.
This article was first published in the Greenock & District
Aquarist Society Newsletter, Jan 1998; no.13, p2
Photo Credit: Allan James @