Well this is another scary fish experience. I just got some pepper Corie's two days ago. I was going to clean the tank today to keep the water super fresh for them. I know they can be a little touchy and though the tank is well planted, I don't want them to suffer from new tank syndrome so I did a 50% water change today.
I was going along sucking the bottom stuff off the tank when all of a sudden, I saw one of the Cories go shooting up the hose.
I chased that little guy all the way through the house trying to stop him from going down the drain. Turns out, it was just a piece of dead plant.
No Cories were harmed in the cleaning of this aquarium today.
The thing about these little guys however, is that unlike other fish that move away or at least avoid the end of the siphon, they hunker down into the substrate and stay put, they won't move. Mine are so small right now and difficult for me to see with my old eyes. I am hopeful that as they get bigger they will be easier to deal with. Right now, I am sitting down relaxing after by "chasing the Cory" experience. Anyone else have issues cleaning the tank with Cories? Don't you vacuum your gravel at all? My Cories blend in quite well with the substrate as small as they are.
The upside is that these guys are eating much better then I thought they would be able to. I was so concerned about their Barbels in the substrate since I do not have sand. I swear they have not stopped eating since they got in there and already in 2 days they look bigger. At least fatter.