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sybilline 10-08-2011 03:20 AM

How to feed bronze corys?
 
I bought 6 bronze corys yesterday, only tiny little things, and I'm worrying how best it is to feed them. I have micro-pellets and flake food and so far I've dropped 12 pellets in for the corys while feeding my other fish (3 Platys, 1 betta and 1 molly) flakes. I'm worried that I'll be overfeeding them if I feed them 12 twice a day but I'm not sure if they'll find them but they're always searching the gravel so I'm pretty sure they will.

Anyone got any ideas?

Romad 10-08-2011 06:39 AM

There are sinking wafers specifically for bottom feeders that work well. Hikari makes a good brand of them.

They will also get any flakes and pellets that the other fish don't eat that sink to the bottom of the tank.

Byron 10-08-2011 06:52 PM

Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

As Romad mentioned, you need to feed them the sinking foods like pellets, wafers, disks. A variety is best to ensure complete nutrition, maybe 3 or 4 different types, with one a vegetable-base like algae, kelp or spirulina. Hikari foods are good, also the Omega One brand. Both of these make several different types of foods in flake and sinking.

Until they are settled and used to their new environment, they may eat less or not at all. For the first few days, try adding the sinking foods after the light is off and the room is dark. Cory are semi-nocturnal so they forage around during darkness and will find food then.

Byron.

MetalArm3 10-08-2011 10:17 PM

Yes, a sinking wafer (usually algae) is the best way to feed your bottom feeders. You want to use them maybe every other day or every 3 days to be sure your catfish are also eating any uneaten food found on your substrate.

MetalArm3

sybilline 10-09-2011 03:33 AM

So would it an ideal to feed pellets every 2-3 days and then just let the catfish scavenge for flake food from the other fish?

Romad 10-09-2011 07:46 AM

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Originally Posted by sybilline (Post 855522)
So would it an ideal to feed pellets every 2-3 days and then just let the catfish scavenge for flake food from the other fish?

That sounds about right. I usually put sinking wafers in for the corys after lights out a few times a week.

Once a week I drop in a few algae wafers in place of the sinking wafers.

MetalArm3 10-09-2011 10:40 AM

What kind/type of sinking wafers do you use Romad? I only use Algae Wafers (TopFin). I never had luck feeding my fish anything but pellets and algae wafers (I tried freeze dried and fresh vegetables.....nothin)

Not to Thread Jack, just wondering.....
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Byron 10-09-2011 12:40 PM

I may be misunderstanding this thread, so I'd like to clarify a couple things to make sure we're on the same page.

Substrate fish cannot manage on leftovers. They may or may not eat them, depending upon what the flake food is that gets to the bottom. I have seen some of my corys ignore flakes. These leftovers are best left for snails and bacteria to handle; by this I mean, don't expect the substrate fish to deal with it, but the small snails and then bacteria will, and that is essential for the biological balance in a planted tank. The snails break down organics faster into smaller bits that the bacteria can then more readily handle.

Substrate fish, be they corys, loaches, or other types of catfish should be fed a variety of sinking foods just as regularly as the upper fish get flake foods, and also a variety. I use 4 types of both alternating, and I would suggest no less than 3 different types of flake/pellet for the upper fish and 3 types of sinking foods. In both cases, one of the three should be vegetable-based, for better intenstinal health regardless of the fish. By different "types" I mean things like shrimp base, colour flake, algae-base, basic flake, etc. Omega One make many types of foods, and Hikari too. These two brands are said to be good, and in another thread someone mentioned New Life Spectrum I think it was. I do also use Nutrafin's sinking tablets as one of the sinking foods, simply because the loaches and corys seem to really like this.

Corys are primarily carnivorous, so they need "meat" such as crustaceans (shrimp), insect larvae, worms, or prepared foods that contain these along with fish meal. The vegetable food is not "natural" but a good nutritional additive and a prepared food with an algae/kelp/spirulina base serves this purpose. These foods usually have shrimp or fish meal in them as well, which is why non-veggie fish will usually eat them eagerly, thus getting their veggies "disguised" as it were.

sybilline 10-09-2011 02:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 855834)
I may be misunderstanding this thread, so I'd like to clarify a couple things to make sure we're on the same page.

Substrate fish cannot manage on leftovers. They may or may not eat them, depending upon what the flake food is that gets to the bottom. I have seen some of my corys ignore flakes. These leftovers are best left for snails and bacteria to handle; by this I mean, don't expect the substrate fish to deal with it, but the small snails and then bacteria will, and that is essential for the biological balance in a planted tank. The snails break down organics faster into smaller bits that the bacteria can then more readily handle.

Substrate fish, be they corys, loaches, or other types of catfish should be fed a variety of sinking foods just as regularly as the upper fish get flake foods, and also a variety. I use 4 types of both alternating, and I would suggest no less than 3 different types of flake/pellet for the upper fish and 3 types of sinking foods. In both cases, one of the three should be vegetable-based, for better intenstinal health regardless of the fish. By different "types" I mean things like shrimp base, colour flake, algae-base, basic flake, etc. Omega One make many types of foods, and Hikari too. These two brands are said to be good, and in another thread someone mentioned New Life Spectrum I think it was. I do also use Nutrafin's sinking tablets as one of the sinking foods, simply because the loaches and corys seem to really like this.

Corys are primarily carnivorous, so they need "meat" such as crustaceans (shrimp), insect larvae, worms, or prepared foods that contain these along with fish meal. The vegetable food is not "natural" but a good nutritional additive and a prepared food with an algae/kelp/spirulina base serves this purpose. These foods usually have shrimp or fish meal in them as well, which is why non-veggie fish will usually eat them eagerly, thus getting their veggies "disguised" as it were.

3 types of food for each? Wow, then again I suppose if we had to live on 1 type of food we wouldn't be too happy. Don't worry, I am feeding the corys pellets everyday but was wondering if that was the right thing to do.

What other foods could I feed them? I have flake food for the top feeders and they also eat pellets when I drop them in, however I only have pellets for the corys, the pellets are shrimp based so would algae wafers be a good alternative?

Byron 10-09-2011 02:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sybilline (Post 855876)
3 types of food for each? Wow, then again I suppose if we had to live on 1 type of food we wouldn't be too happy. Don't worry, I am feeding the corys pellets everyday but was wondering if that was the right thing to do.

What other foods could I feed them? I have flake food for the top feeders and they also eat pellets when I drop them in, however I only have pellets for the corys, the pellets are shrimp based so would algae wafers be a good alternative?

Yes. The sinking foods I am currently using are Omega One shrimp pellets, Omega One Veggie Rounds [this is kelp & spirulina based], Hikari Sinking Wafers, Nutrafin Max sinking tabs, plus a couple of pellet foods intended for upper fish but they tend to sink fairly quickly so several land on the bottom and the corys and loaches love them.

The main thing is nutrition, from good quality foods and a variety.


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