My first Flirts with Corydoras
My batch of C. trilineatus is believed to be imported from Malaysian farms into Singapore though it can also be locally breeded as we have a number of farms around the island state. In local retail scene C.trilineatus is not common compared to C. aeneus and C. panda.
That's about 10 years ago in my old home. I have a window-installed air-conditioning in my room that requires me to clear the collected water almost every morning ~ half a large pail of water. In a water tight singapore, neither pouring away the water nor consuming is good. So i decided to start an aquarium hobby out of it. I got a 12" tank, gravel, pump and finally a few fishes which happen to be in the display tank within my budget which later i got to know is called corydoras. I do not think is cute when i bought it.
|Figure 1: Male (L), Female(R) clamping an egg|
Fiddling inside the tank setup after a week or two operation, I found a tiny white semi-translucent shaped object sticked on the glass wall. This arouse my curiousity as i was thinking what the Hell is it !A quick search found a few more of them under the plant leaves and side walls. ( While thinking did I have an "Alien Invasion" ? )
I begin to suspect it maybe the eggs of the fish i had. At that time i do not even know the name of the fish. I search in the internet as i only familiar with guppies and they have live babies. Eggs no ? Chicken yes ! Sounds impossible. Take me a long while to finally dentify the fish as Corydoras. And before long, i have gone through a long list of names of the various sub-species to my amazement, of different band, colour, shape and size. My vocabulory is Guppies mean Guppies. What's sub-species !
To contain my excitement, i quickly expanded to a 2 ft tank, more plants and better lighting. :)
3rd April 2012