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Thread: Natures Course

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    I'm starting my community tank (the first fish are being added sometime in the next 10 days, when the store I'm using gets them in and they've finished their quarantine) and since those first fish will be schooling fish who could potentially breed eventually, I was wondering what to do about that. I don't WANT to breed my fish, but I don't really know how to sex fish and I don't think there's a way to sterilize them, or at least, not without compromising the colors of my expected Betta. Should I just say a proverbial screw it and let nature take its course with the possible breeders (albino bronze corys), or should I do something else if I notice eggs and/or fry if that happens?
    1 Tank 5.5 Gal. (QT) - empty
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    I am pretty sure that unless you remove the eggs or otherwise protect them you won't really have any fry survive. Most fish consider fry 'bon appetite'!
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    ...big fish eat little fish...
    That's natural population control.

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    Alright, thank you both. I wasn't too sure what would be 'okay' to do about that, keeping the health of the tank in mind and such.
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    What species is this? In a well planted tank white clouds, zebra danios, cories and bristle nose are just about the only egg laying species where young survive and even then it's a slow process.

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    The tank will have a male betta, an oto, and 3-4 Albino Cory Cats... obviously, the cory cats would be the potential breeders.
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    I wouldn't worry about it. I don't have firsthand experience in this regard, but my impression from other things I've read is that it will be extremely unlikely for potential fry to survive without your help or intervention. That's if the cories even breed. I don't think cories are as easily bred as some of your livebearers like guppies.
    Is this the 15 gallon tank in your sig? What are the measurements? The cories would probably appreciate a school of at least 6, but column tanks don't tend to have the larger footprint desired by bottom dwellers.
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    Cories are well know for breeding in community tanks. Albino is usually from the bronze cory and despite being kept too warm in most of the tanks they still breed a lot. Clean, soft water and a good diet is what it takes

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    Oooo! Now you have me hoping the cories in my 90 will breed...when I get them.
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    The tank's got a 187.68 square inch footprint, but it might be a tad tall for them (I don't have to fill it all the way to the top, but I'm hesitant to lower the water level too much) I have the bottom well planted (clearly) with 2 plastic "rock" structures for them to hide in. There isn't enough room for a school of six, but since I originally only planned to have 2 cory's I think 3 or four might help them a bit more... If my current tank goes well (ie I don't do something stupid to kill the fish and my cat doesn't want to eat them all too badly) I'm expecting to get a second, larger and more standard tank, I'd move the cory's there then. Along with a smaller pleco type (not bristlenose, but some other types), and some colorful fish, so they'd be a little happier... I'd probably give them more friends then too.

    My tank's set at about 75 (my thermometer says it's between 74 and 76, but closer to 76).
    1 Tank 5.5 Gal. (QT) - empty
    2 Tank 20 Gal. - 6 female betta, 8 glotetras, many plants, 1 Albino Bristlenose Pleco, 1 Clown pleco
    3 & 4 Tanks 2.5 Gal - 1 male betta (dragonscale deltatail), 1 MTsnail

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