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smit3183 03-31-2012 07:53 PM

Byron or anyone with superb knowlege please help...
Have had my albino cories 2 days now and im having serious feeding issues with them. I fed them 2 hikari wafers this morning and everything was fine for about 2 minutes until the other fish finished eating their flake meal. In particular my 3 platies and 4 mollies came down and began to eat the cories wafers. I have some tetras and cherry barbs that joined the party too. So i figured i would feed them a few hours after lights out for them when their sleep or "spaced out" Well that didnt work either. Dropped one wafer in there and the cories noticed it first and started eating but maybe 1 minute later here come the platies and mollies. What can I do to make sure the 6 cories are eating enough without overfeeding? Did not realize that the other fish would be so into bottom feeder tablets/wafers

Chris7 04-01-2012 01:27 AM

Funny I have the same problem when trying to feed algae wafers to my oto's, Wish I could help. The last few times I've just been crushing up the wafers and sprinkling it over the rocks and plants hoping the oto's get enough to eat and they seem to be.

excal88 04-01-2012 02:17 PM

Hey there! I have a ton of cories in my tank with a lot of platys and rams, and although the corys might get pushed out of the way, they always get enough to eat. If they don't eat at all, then I'd be worried, but since they're eating first, it seems that they're healthy enough. Also, corys cleanup whatever scraps are left, since the other fish can't shift through the substrate like the corys, and thus miss quite a bit of food. In my opinion, everything is fine as long as the corys don't seem stressed or not eating at all.

Mikaila31 04-01-2012 02:34 PM

If they are hungry they will compete.

Byron 04-01-2012 02:41 PM

I agree with what's been posted. One additional trick is to wait until total darkness to drop in some sinking foods. You mentioned after the light is out, but I suspect there is still ambient light in the room so the fish will not be "sleeping" like they do in total darkness. Corys are out and about in complete darkness, as I found out when I used a flashlight some 4-5 hours after the room was in complete darkness. The upper fish will be asleep, or not active anyway, hanging still in the water. Just don't turn on lights.

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