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doser 02-11-2008 11:19 PM

cories vs tiger barbs
i have a newer tank. started with tiger barbs, now I have seven of them. Recently added two sterbais cories and an albino rainbow shark. they actually all seem to be getting along fine, without problems of fin nipping or harassment. the rainbow does chase off the barbs if they get in his space, but they deserve it and it all seems friendly enough. the cories seem oblivious and just do their thing, and they don't get bothered. so it works. but I am afraid the cories aren't getting enough food. when i feed flakes or freeze dried blood worms, the other fish go right up and get it. I have two kinds of sinking foods for the cories, shrimp pellets and disk things. the tiger barbs are just gluttonous. so, even if they are full, they will pick apart these sinking foods and eat them. they will fight over them, no room in their bellies, they will spit it out and eat it over and over again. or they will just guard the pellets until they dissolve or they eventually eat the bits. anyhow, I just am not sure the coreis are getting enough food. they won't challenge the barbs for the pellets, but they do show an interest if the tigers haven't found it yet. they do forage around and what not all the time, probably getting little bits of what the barbs are missing. anyhow should I worry about them? any ideas or no big deal? sorry for the long post :)[/list]

Zule 02-12-2008 01:04 AM

I have the same problem with my buenos aires tetras. They're absolute gluttons, and my catfish end up finding the algae wafers too late. The biggest tetra will pick up the wafer in his mouth and run away with it, the greedy thing.

Try feeding them on opposite sides. Give the barbs their food at one end and then sneak the disc in as far away as you can. If the piggies are distracted by their food at the surface, that may leave enough time for your cories to get a bite. Even better, soak the wafer in a small cup of the tank water about five minutes before you actually feed the tank inhabitants, so it's more dissolved by the time it gets in there, therefore easier for the catfish to eat it.

Hope that helps, good luck with your fish. =)

Cody 02-12-2008 08:00 AM

Or srop the wafer in when you go to bed, so that the cories can find it at night and the Tiger Barbs wouldn't go for it.

By the way, how big is your tank?

doser 02-13-2008 01:34 AM

my tank is 28 gallons. I don't plan on gettting anymore fish. So far the nightime tablet didnt work as planned. the barbs woke up, and went right to it. actually the whole scene was worse than usual, i think because none of them can see very well in the dark, and so it looked more clustered and nippy in general. I will check them all out tomoorow, hopefully nobody is hurt. I wonder if there is any decent cory food that would be of no interest to the tiger barbs? they eat so much you can see their bellies bulging, i know they can't really be that hungry....

okiemavis 02-13-2008 04:58 PM

Hmm, that does sound tricky. You could try evening feeding where you feed the tigers with a feeding ring. Perhaps then you can drop the sinking pellets in the other side and when you turn off the lights the barbs won't know it's there? Hehe, how annoying/complicated.

You could try something like blackworms for the cories. They tend to swim down and hide in the substrate, so the barbs can't get at them, but the cories will dig through the substrate and munch on them. They're pretty easy to raise yourself as well.

doser 02-13-2008 09:04 PM

sure enough my smallest cory has a little nip on his fin after last nights carnage. i could try the blackworms, i don't think the cories are big enough yet to really root around in the gravel though. what about a little hut or something the cories would be inclined to get into to eat, but not necessarily the barbs. what is a feeding ring? i think the barbs know whats up as soon as I open the lid, they get excited, and they find whatever it is, maybe by smell?

doser 02-13-2008 09:36 PM

i know, i will try cutting a little hole in the plastic part of the lid, to drop the food through, then maybe the barbs won't get excitied because i wont have to lift the lid to put the food in....

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