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post #1 of 12 Old 08-26-2009, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Red face How to feed ??

Anybopdy have any tricks for feeding the corys when there's really fast eaters in the tank? I have dwarf neon rainbows and I have to badly overfeed the tank for anything to get to the cories. Can't keep doing that!

The rainbows aren't above eating catfish pellets. They need the coryies to lacate them for them, but then they pick it up and have a game of touch football back and forth across the tank with it until it's gone.

I have 3 cories (aggassi, I think they're called) and would like more, but need to know how to ensure they're fed.

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-26-2009, 08:51 PM
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I hold the food in my hand and place it at the bottom near the cories. If I am feeding bloodworms or shrimp, I suck them up in an eye dropper, then squirt the food at the bottom of the tank.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-26-2009, 09:54 PM
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I do the same as Twistersmom only when I'm feeding bloodworms, shrimp or daphnia I use a turkey baster.

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post #4 of 12 Old 08-27-2009, 04:01 AM
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I feed mine at night after lights are out. Schooling fish will hover at surface or mid depths during the evening ,while corys and other catfish and plecos are most active.

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post #5 of 12 Old 08-27-2009, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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I'm on a short business trip, but can't wait to get home and try after dark feeding. I'm afraid the the baster thing isn't going to fool my rainbows at all (you'd have to see them mobbing my poor coyies to understand), but lights out sounds promising!

Thanks all for responding!
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-27-2009, 08:44 AM
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this is a trick i used years ago...........get a small piece of some type of pipe (preferably PVC) at least a few inches taller than your tank is deep..........Place one end near where your cories hang out.............Drop the food in the top of the pipe and let it fall thru the pipe to where your cories are at.....Hopefully it falls right in front of them and they start to chow down.........It could take awhile till they reconize the pipe as a food source, once they do, they will welcome the pipe and come running when they see it!........Try it and let us know how it worked for you!
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post #7 of 12 Old 08-27-2009, 08:45 AM
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I also use sinking tablets. I feed the top crew first with some flakes and drop a tablet in for the cories. Some of the others come to get a taste but the cories hold their own. I only use shrimp pellets after lights go out as the others cant find them in the dark. Good luck.

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post #8 of 12 Old 08-29-2009, 09:02 AM
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I agree with Fishin Pole.

When it comes to sinking food, most top and medium level fish are more attracted to it when they see it sinking. The tube, especially if it is not transparent, will not let the others see the food. The cories grubbing around on the bottom will then be able to get to the food.

Your fish love watching you as much as you love watching them. So please practice responsible fishkeeping.
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-29-2009, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I tried feeding after lights out - it might have worked, how would I know?

I just read on another site that you should put food in caves or under bog wood where faster shaolig fish won't normally go. I'm liking the idea of combing this with a tube to get the food down there unnoticed by my poor ravenous rainbows!

Seriously, those fish would eat themselves to death and thier last thought would be don't I get a last meal?'

Thank you all for all the ideas! I may not have my method down yet, but feel much better that I'll get there.

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post #10 of 12 Old 09-01-2009, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Outsmarted by rainbows.

Yesterday I took some food and stuck in a cave. I walked away and came right back to find rainbows circling the cave. One looked liked he'd just swallowed something big and as I watched him he hitched a bit and food escaped his mouth.

The cories eventually went over there, but I'm confident there was no food left.

So, tonight I have a towel over my tank trying to fool the rainbows to sleep and I dropped pellets in after dark. The rainbows were swarming like mad, clearly aware something hit thier watter, but unable to locate it. The cories are no where to be seen.

I'm going to have to find something to try Fishin Pole's pipe training plan with. I've tried to scrounge the house for parts with no success. I hope to make the Home Depot tomorrow. I'm thinking of a feeding station - like a t-fitting on the bottom of a pipe so the maybe the cories can get in and my river piggies can't?

Wish me luck!
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