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Old 05-10-2012, 11:36 AM   #11
 
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I just took a video of feeding with the soaked food. Half the food went straight to the bottom and my Ram gorged himself. The rest of the food was eaten by the others. Everyone looked happy and my cories are looking nice and fat.

I will post the video when I upload it later today.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:24 PM   #12
 
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I'll just add that you mention your fish are ravenous. Fish are programmed to eat whenever food is available and seemingly beg for food whenever you're near the tank. You may be trying too hard and feeding too much.
Except for fry, I feed twice a day (many feed only once per day) and only what they will eat in a couple of minutes.

I Also suggest that you research the processed food you feed (flake, pellets).
Many fish foods use fish meal (and not all fish meals are created equally) and lots of starch (mostly flours) as a binder and to raise crude protein values - i.e. FILLERS. Fillers that fish can't process and pass on through.
A few higher quality brands use fresh fish and kelp and don't require as much binder/filler which I feel makes them more nutritious. The added bonus is less fish waste in the water!

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Hey Mr Dad,

When I used the term ravenous, I just meant they eat like its the last meal ever... which like you say they are programmed to do! which is fine, its just no matter what I do to distract the upper level fish, as soon as they are done their food they get straight onto the substrate and eat all that up too, leaving very little for the corys who are a bit slow I must say!

As for food, I currently use a brand called Aquarian. Looking at the list of ingredients it sates: Fish and fish derivatives, cereals, veg protein extracts, algae, yeast, oils and fats, minerals, contains EEC permitted preservatives.

Protein 36%
oil 9%
fibre 3.5%
ash 9.5%
moisture 10%
added vitamins per kg, Vit a = 10000iu Vit D3 = 2600iu Vit e 500iu

hope that means something to you, as it doesn't mean much to me. hopefully its a good food for them??

They also get frozen daphnia a lot, and frozen blood worm.
Also use tetra tabimin tablets too.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:26 PM   #13
 
I'm not keen on fish meal, fish derivatives and/or cereals. The thread I referenced in the previous post will list foods made with fresh food grade fish. The choice is yours.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:50 PM   #14
 
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I'm not keen on fish meal, fish derivatives and/or cereals. The thread I referenced in the previous post will list foods made with fresh food grade fish. The choice is yours.
yeah I took a look, I'll see if I can find some next time I'm at the store.. cheers.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:51 PM   #15
 
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I just took a video of feeding with the soaked food. Half the food went straight to the bottom and my Ram gorged himself. The rest of the food was eaten by the others. Everyone looked happy and my cories are looking nice and fat.

I will post the video when I upload it later today.
UPDATE.....

So I tried your method of soaking pellets and flakes in my shot glass that I use for about 10 mins or so, then I put in a good pinch of flakes on the surface and then poured the soaked stuff over the other side of the tank.

Success, the corys have been tail up for over an hour in that area, and the loaches also. the ram always gets stuff anyway, but the majority of the other fish kept away, apart from the platys they were hanging around. but I'm pleased the corys had a good meal! such a difference! cheers.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:53 PM   #16
 
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I am glad it worked :)
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