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jcinnb 01-09-2011 08:58 AM

Pellets per Cory per Day
I have 15 cories in a 55 gallon and am little freaked about feeding. I don't want to overfeed.

I know the "rule of thumb" at least for flakes, is all they can eat in 5 minutes, but when I put in pellets, as I assume is normal, they are not touched for a while. At some point the fishys start to congregate, but with a relatively big tank, per cory, some are messin around in the back, and don't show up.

To summarize, I don't think the 5 minute rule is good.

Is there a pellet per cory rule? I have Hakiri pellets that I think are mostly veggie, and some other shrimp pellets. I have not seen pellets stay in the tank, over time, so I am not at this point overfeeding, but I want to make sure everyone is getting enuf food.

I have a gut feelin that this is a stupid question, but when you are old, and bald, you don't care that much about asking stupid questions.

Thanks in advance for your help.


sik80 01-09-2011 09:45 AM

I feed around 3 hikari sinking pellets per day for 9 cories (some of that 3 goes to my rams and shrimp). twice a week they get frozen bloodworms or chopped earthworm instead of pellets.

Byron 01-09-2011 02:43 PM

The sinking food I use is in the tank for up to 2 hours, depending upon its consistency. The algae-based wafers I use take a long time to dissolve, whereas the shrimp pellets take very little. And the fish can only eat what comes apart.

I feed the floating-type foods for the upper fish first, and after a minute or two (when the upper fish are well interested in what's up top) the sinking foods are dropped in.

I also have a meal gong system:-). I always tap lightly on the tank frame when I begin to feed, using the plastic 1/2 teaspoon feeding spoon. It doesn't take long for all the fish to recognize, and by the time I start with the sinking food, the corys, whiptails, pleco, loaches and Farlowella are well aware of what is about to happen and are usually out front waiting by the time the food gets to the substrate. Even the otos appear.

It also helps to feed at roughly the same time each day; fish quickly learn such routines, and will be expecting food so will be more likely to get some.

It takes very little food to keep a healthy fish well fed, very little.


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