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mags2313 01-08-2009 06:32 AM

I never see my corydora's :(
I have 6 sterba corydoras in my 32 gal, I know that these creatures are more active at night...But is that a good enough explanation as to why I never see my cory's out and about?
I mean, I DO see them if I look down in between my plants sometimes I will see 2,3 or 4 of them, but I've only ever see them all shoal once...

Anywho, any advice is appreciated :-P

Tyyrlym 01-08-2009 06:56 AM

My pandas are the same way. Most of the day they stay huddled up under their favorite fake tree stump. I'll see the out occasionally but they usually don't come out until "dusk" about an hour before the lights go off.

direwolf 01-08-2009 07:31 AM

I have 6 green cories and when I first got them a year ago, they were crazy, flying all over the tank. A few weeks later it was like they were gone. I barely see them anymore unless I sneak up on the tank, I think they are just happy hiding on the bottom and eating. Pretty cool dudes still, and they keep the bottom of the tank in great shape!

1077 01-08-2009 08:16 AM

You might try dropping some shrimp pellets at the front of the aquarium so they have to come to the front to get them.

thespiff 01-08-2009 09:49 AM

I have 6 Swartzi and they are really awesome but sadly they are also very timid. They hang out together under the overhang from a plastic decoration. It's a real bummer. They share the bottom of the tank with a decent-sized pleco that is very "get off my lawn" when they start any shenanigans though, so maybe they will get a little more active when he moves into his new larger home in the coming week or two. Do you have other fish that hog their territory?

Actually, the other day I saw them from across the room zip to the top one by one in quick succession, breach the surface, then right back down to their hiding place. It was pretty cool.

jeaninel 01-08-2009 11:35 AM

I have Sterbai in my 37 gallon and they were very shy when I first got them about 6 months ago. Some of them still tend to "freeze, then run and hide" when I walk up to the tank but are much less timid now. They do like to siesta during the early part of the day but in late afternoon/evening they are all over the tank.

In contrast, the Schwartzi and Trilineatus in my 55 are very outgoing. They always come to the front of the tank when I walk up to it. I've had them a little over a year now but they've always seemed to be that way. It may have to do with my 55 being in more of a higher traffic area whereas my 37 is in a quieter corner of the room so they don't get the exposure that the fish in the 55 do.

Amphitrite 01-08-2009 12:07 PM

The more secure your corys feel, the more they will venture out. Make sure there are plenty of hiding spots (preferably live plants) and that there are no fish that will make them feel threatened.

I have always found sterbais to be very sociable, active fish which do well in larger groups which also helps them feel secure.

wato 01-09-2009 09:11 AM

try throw down some blood worms, my corys launchs like rockets when Ido that

mags2313 01-09-2009 03:41 PM

Thank you for all the replies...
I decided to take out some decorations and have just my plants in the tank. The thick wisteria, the bacopa, java fern and jungle val still provide good hiding spots. I see them all the time now, and they don't seem at all stressed.

Now, what happened to two of my loaches when I took out the decorations is a whole other post :(
Let's just say I'm learning and getting better all the time, lol.


Twistersmom 01-09-2009 07:40 PM

Did you kill one of your loaches? I did once! Im very careful, looking over the decor I pull out during water changes, but some how I missed seeing one of my YoYo loaches, and my dog did not! He is no longer allowed in the room during water changes!!!

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