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Byron or anyone with superb knowlege please help...
Have had my albino cories 2 days now and im having serious feeding issues with them. I fed them 2 hikari wafers this morning and everything was fine for about 2 minutes until the other fish finished eating their flake meal. In particular my 3 platies and 4 mollies came down and began to eat the cories wafers. I have some tetras and cherry barbs that joined the party too. So i figured i would feed them a few hours after lights out for them when their sleep or "spaced out" Well that didnt work either. Dropped one wafer in there and the cories noticed it first and started eating but maybe 1 minute later here come the platies and mollies. What can I do to make sure the 6 cories are eating enough without overfeeding? Did not realize that the other fish would be so into bottom feeder tablets/wafers
Hey there! I have a ton of cories in my tank with a lot of platys and rams, and although the corys might get pushed out of the way, they always get enough to eat. If they don't eat at all, then I'd be worried, but since they're eating first, it seems that they're healthy enough. Also, corys cleanup whatever scraps are left, since the other fish can't shift through the substrate like the corys, and thus miss quite a bit of food. In my opinion, everything is fine as long as the corys don't seem stressed or not eating at all.
I agree with what's been posted. One additional trick is to wait until total darkness to drop in some sinking foods. You mentioned after the light is out, but I suspect there is still ambient light in the room so the fish will not be "sleeping" like they do in total darkness. Corys are out and about in complete darkness, as I found out when I used a flashlight some 4-5 hours after the room was in complete darkness. The upper fish will be asleep, or not active anyway, hanging still in the water. Just don't turn on lights.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]