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Old 04-30-2012, 10:49 AM   #41
 
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my albino cores have laid eggs again,and they're pretty much gone
in moments as the other cores come along to eat them,as do the gupys,
i swiped some eggs off the other day and they floated away into the back of the tank
so i'll keep my eyes open.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:25 AM   #42
 
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One thing that has saved me now is that I am feeding sinking pellets. They drop right down and I can put them in further away from the filter. I think that helps a lot. Also, they cories swarm the pellets and nobody else can grab them off before they get a chance at some of them.
I also have pellets, but stopped using them as I was feeding flakes for the upper level and then dropping pellets for the corys and loaches but the danios and tetra would eat all the flaked and then start on the pellets, taking them right off the substrate! Or catching them as they sank. The tetra would just hold them in their mouth like a football for about 30 mins, one of the tetra has had its jaw locked in an open position ever since! So I stopped, and moved onto the frozen daphnia and these tablet things, which they seem to love. They last ages but it's a total free for all with everyone trying to get some rather than just the corys.

Maybe I could try algae wafers for them, but I bet the danios would eat them too.. All the top and middle level fish are ravenous beasts and don't leave much for anyone else.

Geo, i might try dropping some in after dark but I fear the others would still snap them up, or the corys won't bother looking for them as they are not used to getting them?

To be honest I wish I knew someone that wanted my danios, they can be a nuisance at times! Ahh well, made my bed... And I shall lay in it.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:08 PM   #43
 
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Geo, i might try dropping some in after dark but I fear the others would still snap them up, or the corys won't bother looking for them as they are not used to getting them?
Corys are pretty nocturnal, so they are most active at night. Add them late/early when ambient light is very low, or non-existant. They'll find them just fine while everyone else is asleep. If the room the tanks are in are lite like a stadium, wait until you turn the room lights off.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:12 PM   #44
 
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Corys are pretty nocturnal, so they are most active at night. Add them late/early when ambient light is very low, or non-existant. They'll find them just fine while everyone else is asleep. If the room the tanks are in are lite like a stadium, wait until you turn the room lights off.
Once the mrs has disappeared off to bed, I have all the lights off anyway, so its just the tv lighting the room. Ill try adding some, do you just drop them in or place them in with your hand? do you scatter them about or just pop them in one place?
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:14 PM   #45
 
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my corys scoff all day long
i find feeding flake so the others are distracted sometimes works.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:20 PM   #46
 
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my corys scoff all day long
i find feeding flake so the others are distracted sometimes works.
nope not in my tank, the others are GREEDY! if i put flakes in, they will go for them but as soon as I add the pellets they ignore the flakes and grab the pellets. Thing is even if i sneaked them in, say down a syphon tube for example once one if them sniffed them out, it would just turn into a free for all! All my fish seem to be bottom feeders....when they want to be!
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:58 PM   #47
 
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My cories will snuffle about all day looking for food as well. The Pellets I buy are actually sort of flat, round disks which would be too big for the fish to get in their mouths. They drop quickly and then must soften on the substrate as the cories work at them for awhile. Those too could be dropped in at night, if you were still concerned about the Danios.

I think this is why I am obsessive about the cleaning of the tank. I do it in larger quantitiy and more frequency then some but... I also likely over feed to make sure nobody has an empty tummy. I know there are also those that do complete fasts for their fish but I am not into that either. My fish eat every single day. I tried the not feeding them on water change day (which is twice a week) but felt so guilty I had to get out of bed to give them something. I swear I could hear their tummy's growling. ha ha

I feed many different kinds of foods but I noticed when I am doing more of the wafers then the flakes or crisps, the filter doesn't get as yucky. I have never seen the thin paperlike filter pads like you describe. Mine are the thick floss pads and I refill with the plain floss. When it gets gross I just toss it and replace it. It is not expensive. I do rinse it several times before tossing.
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:21 PM   #48
 
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Corys hoarding an algae waffer, with a Rasbora looking on in hunger. I cheated and used the flash.

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Old 04-30-2012, 03:48 PM   #49
 
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aww,look he's starving.
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