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Possible to make freeze dried food sink?

I've bought Hikari freeze dried food and my danios and guppies love it. However, my cories don't get to eat it because it doesn't seem to sink at all. Is it possible to make it sink?
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Have you tried pre-soaking them in aquarium water for several minutes then squirting them full force toward the bottom?
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soak them for about a half hour then feed with a turkey baster.
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Put in a cup and let sit for a few minutes stirring every so often. Then pour in. Also, pouring into filter flow helps.
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I just squeeze them between my thumb and fore finger while under water for about 30 seconds, or until all the air is squeezed out. Sinks like a rock.

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My girlfriend made something out of a lead plant weight and some steel jewelry wire. She sticks the free end of the wire through a tubifex cube, then folds the end down and presses the end of the weight over it. The cube is then held by a loop of wire running through it, and floats a few inches over the substrate. The cories, loaches, and neon tetras enjoy attacking it from all angles, while the rest of the fish are hunting for flake at the top.

I'll try Robert's suggestion later today and see if it works as well.
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you can also just stick the worm cubes to the glass, push really hard until the air comesout and it stays for a few minutes, i tend to razor blade them in half to there is less waste
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I followed Robert's suggestion. Only 5-10% sank, 30% became powder and the remaining portion kept floating. FYI, I have Hikari brine shrimp cubes. Do other brands or different types of freeze dried food sink better?
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