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post #1 of 12 Old 06-25-2010, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Any tips for feeding cories?

I always seem to have trouble getting the 6 cories I have enough food to eat. There are 3 mollies in the tank that always eventually bully the cories away from any sinking algae wafers I put in the tank. I've tried using whole wafers, breaking them up into numerous chunks, nighttime feeding, and simultaneous feeding but the end result always seems to be the same.

The poor guys don't look nearly as healthy as when I originally got them, and most of them are going through some stages of fin rot although I think I have that taken care of and they're starting to recover. They do get some bloodworms and brine shrimp as well, but everything in the tank eats those up fast so there isn't much time for the cories to get their fill.

Any suggestions would be great, they're my favorite fish and I don't like to see them struggling!
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-25-2010, 07:47 PM
maybe get them a hiding place that's only big enough for them to get in but not the mollies and put the food in there for them.

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post #3 of 12 Old 06-25-2010, 09:55 PM
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Im not sure how well Mollies see in the dark, but I usually feed my corys at night?They have a strong sense of smell and can find the food, even in a dark tank. Or drop the wafer and then feed the mollies at the same time at the other end of the tank.
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-25-2010, 10:12 PM
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drop the wafer and then feed the mollies at the same time at the other end of the tank.
This is what I do in my 44 gallon with my corys, platys, female bettas, and swordtails in it and it seems to work well.

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post #5 of 12 Old 06-26-2010, 08:42 AM
she did both maybe she din't try feeding over different sides maybe that will work =) hope it does for the cory's...

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otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-26-2010, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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I'll give feeding over both sides of the tank a shot and see if that helps!! Mollies can still key in on food quite well in the dark since in a natural setting they must rely on smell more than vision since most water isn't nearly as clear as aquarium water!
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post #7 of 12 Old 06-26-2010, 10:13 AM
good luck =) just fed my arowanas..the big ones having a field day with the feeder carps lol

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3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-26-2010, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Hah! Now that sounds like an awesome feeding session! I wish I had enough room for some large predators!
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-26-2010, 10:21 AM
solitary predators lol not much of a tank coz the scarcely vegetation if any.. but feeding time is always nice they wait like puppies and kinda wag their tails/fins too

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post #10 of 12 Old 06-26-2010, 10:25 AM
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Yup, I usually feed my fish first on the right side of the tank, then while they're occupied with eating I drop either sinking granules, shrimp pellets, or algae wafers in for the bottom feeders on the opposite side. This gives the food enough time to sink to the bottom while the other fish are busy eating on their side. If you do this method, you'll see after about a week the cory's will know that when the food drops on the one side for the fish, that their food is next on the opposite side of the tank. My bottom feeders now huddle on the left side of the tank when I feed the fish on the right.
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