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post #1 of 5 Old 03-21-2012, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding Corys

I have 6 albino corys just added to my 75 gallon tank. I also have sinking wafers for them, but when my sailfin mollys and dwarf gourami detect it, I wonder if my corys will get enough for themselves besides what they get scavenging. Would it be better if I fed them after the lights are out. I started out feeding them 3 wafers a day.
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-21-2012, 08:39 PM
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They will eat any sinking food, no need for wafers specifically. I only feed and recommend New Life Spectrum pellets (no need for wafers, even for plecos). Since it is sinking they get their fair share.

Yes, if there are aggressive feeders in the tank feeding after lights out will help any nocturnal fish get their share of food.

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post #3 of 5 Old 03-22-2012, 06:18 AM
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I use Omega One Sinking Shrimp Pellets, but yes, if other fish are eating it before the corys can get to it, add the pellets an hour or so after lights out.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-20-2012, 07:21 PM
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I had this problem as well. My other fish would eat all the flakes before they reached the bottom and would go after the algae wafers before the cory cats know they are even in the water.

I finally decided to drop the algae wafers first, then immediately feed flake food to the rest. Alas, my albino cory cats do not care much for algae wafers. They prefer flake food. I devised a new plan, feed flakes to the rest of the community, and while distracted I take a pinch full of flakes and crushed up algae wafers and put it directly to the bottom near the cory cats by hand. It worked.

Thankfully it's not so complicated anymore, as my albino cory cats feed quicker and get to their food before the others can eat it.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-21-2012, 12:20 PM
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After lights out, but after the room is dark too. In ambient light, the upper fish will not be asleep, they will still swim about and find food. Once the room is dark, pitch dark, then drop in the sinking foods. I do this periodically in one tank for some nocturnal spotted woodcats, but I have observed the corys scrambling around in complete darkness at the same time, so they will get it then. The upper fish are motionless in their resting state during total darkness.

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