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Inga 09-17-2010 11:23 AM

Cleaning your fishtank with Pepper Cories
 
Well this is another scary fish experience. I just got some pepper Corie's two days ago. I was going to clean the tank today to keep the water super fresh for them. I know they can be a little touchy and though the tank is well planted, I don't want them to suffer from new tank syndrome so I did a 50% water change today.

I was going along sucking the bottom stuff off the tank when all of a sudden, I saw one of the Cories go shooting up the hose. :shock: I chased that little guy all the way through the house trying to stop him from going down the drain. Turns out, it was just a piece of dead plant. :roll: No Cories were harmed in the cleaning of this aquarium today.

The thing about these little guys however, is that unlike other fish that move away or at least avoid the end of the siphon, they hunker down into the substrate and stay put, they won't move. Mine are so small right now and difficult for me to see with my old eyes. I am hopeful that as they get bigger they will be easier to deal with. Right now, I am sitting down relaxing after by "chasing the Cory" experience. Anyone else have issues cleaning the tank with Cories? Don't you vacuum your gravel at all? My Cories blend in quite well with the substrate as small as they are.

The upside is that these guys are eating much better then I thought they would be able to. I was so concerned about their Barbels in the substrate since I do not have sand. I swear they have not stopped eating since they got in there and already in 2 days they look bigger. At least fatter.

CaliforniaFishkeeper 09-17-2010 11:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Inga (Post 473078)
Well this is another scary fish experience. I just got some pepper Corie's two days ago. I was going to clean the tank today to keep the water super fresh for them. I know they can be a little touchy and though the tank is well planted, I don't want them to suffer from new tank syndrome so I did a 50% water change today.

I was going along sucking the bottom stuff off the tank when all of a sudden, I saw one of the Cories go shooting up the hose. :shock: I chased that little guy all the way through the house trying to stop him from going down the drain. Turns out, it was just a piece of dead plant. :roll: No Cories were harmed in the cleaning of this aquarium today.

The thing about these little guys however, is that unlike other fish that move away or at least avoid the end of the siphon, they hunker down into the substrate and stay put, they won't move. Mine are so small right now and difficult for me to see with my old eyes. I am hopeful that as they get bigger they will be easier to deal with. Right now, I am sitting down relaxing after by "chasing the Cory" experience. Anyone else have issues cleaning the tank with Cories? Don't you vacuum your gravel at all? My Cories blend in quite well with the substrate as small as they are.

The upside is that these guys are eating much better then I thought they would be able to. I was so concerned about their Barbels in the substrate since I do not have sand. I swear they have not stopped eating since they got in there and already in 2 days they look bigger. At least fatter.

Never had a fish get sucked up into my siphon. My cories actually swim like right all around it and almost into it when I'm using it.

aunt kymmie 09-17-2010 11:49 AM

I've had otos and a ram get sucked up into my gravel vac but turn right around and swim back out. Other than the RCS that have literally been sucked up and into the 5 gl bucket I was siphoning in to I've never had a fish that wasn't able to turn right around and swim back out of the gravel vac. If a little oto can resist the suction I'd think a healthy cory would be able to do the same?

kitten_penang 09-17-2010 01:16 PM

mine got sucked into the gravel cleaner i ran to the bathroom and saw no fish but i was smart enough to check in the gravel vacuum itself.. it was stuck there imagine the pressure it was experiencing when that happened :shock: .he was shaken but he looks ok and is eating well.

jeaninel 09-17-2010 02:38 PM

My cories like to swim next to the vacuum so they could root through the bits and pieces being kicked up. I have had one get halfway sucked up into the large part and then swim out. He actually seemed to kind of enjoy it. But yeah, I usually have to kind of gently shoo them away. My female bettas are the same way. They will get right in the way trying to peck at the bits and pieces being vacuumed up.

Inga 09-17-2010 03:23 PM

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Originally Posted by kitten_penang (Post 473133)
mine got sucked into the gravel cleaner i ran to the bathroom and saw no fish but i was smart enough to check in the gravel vacuum itself.. it was stuck there imagine the pressure it was experiencing when that happened :shock: .he was shaken but he looks ok and is eating well.


Yeah mine are currently small enough to get sucked through the entire hose. I almost had heart failure when I saw that thing going through the tube. I really thought the little guy had gotten sucked through. your poor little guy, I hope he is alright. Bet he stays clear of the siphon from now on.

kitten_penang 09-17-2010 03:27 PM

nope he just freezes when the siphon gets near to him.scared me to death. these cory's don't know danger but maybe it's just their instinct to look for food every where and ignore danger as the think we wont harm them.which is true lol

fish joey 09-17-2010 04:53 PM

Congrats on the Corys... good choice... mine have grown fast and are way to fat to get stuck!!!

Inga 09-17-2010 05:11 PM

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Originally Posted by kitten_penang (Post 473238)
nope he just freezes when the siphon gets near to him.scared me to death. these cory's don't know danger but maybe it's just their instinct to look for food every where and ignore danger as the think we wont harm them.which is true lol

Unless of course, they did get into my siphon because it runs directly into the drain, there would have been no saving the poor thing unless I could beat him to the drain and catch him, which is what I was running to do. I burst out laughing when I realized it was just a rotting leaf, and not my little Cory.

Thanks fish Joey, so far I really like them, when I can see them. They hide pretty well on the dark substrate. I know the Albino ones would have shown up better but I am just not a big fan of albino fish.

tanker 09-18-2010 12:20 AM

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Originally Posted by jeaninel (Post 473195)
I usually have to kind of gently shoo them away.

Yes, me too. If I give the vacuum a bit of a wiggle, they'll usually swim off. Otherwise, I keep the vacuum low, and move it around with a forwards sort of motion (so anybody in the way is shooed out of its path) rather than an up and down motion.

Congrats on your new cories.


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