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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-28-2020, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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I got 12 corys 5 days ago. They are still active and rarely settle down like I hoped. I also have:
12 cardinal tetras
1 betta
1 albino bristle nose pleco

20 gal tall
77 degrees f
Nitrate:2-3ppm
Amonia, nitrire: 0
Ph: 7.0
Filter tetra 20i and bubbler
(Forgot what kh/gh is if you need them tell me I'll go check)(for the most part my water is hard)
Had tank for 4 years
Heavily Planted and has drift wood

Like I was saying, I don't really know how much my corys have been eating because my cardinals are so ravenous. I try to crush up my betta pellet food and squirter them down to the bottom for the corys but they don't seem to settle and eat where I put the food. I'm trying to think of other ideas on how to feed them. For example, instead of sinking the food I leave some of it on the surface so my teras have to eat floating food and give the sinking food to my corys while the tetras are busy eating the floating food.

I am still not sure if that is going to work but I need help on how to feed my corys
Also if my corys will settle on the bottom as I thought they usually would.
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You actually want to do the opposite of what you are doing to feed your corydoras: Feed them with a larger, slow-dissolving, and fast sinking food. The food will go right to bottom, the cardinals will be much less interested in sinking food if you feed them some flake at the upper levels at same time. You just need to divert their attention

One of the best foods for corydoras are this brand/type:

https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcos...ps-nature-food


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You actually want to do the opposite of what you are doing to feed your corydoras: Feed them with a larger, slow-dissolving, and fast sinking food. The food will go right to bottom, the cardinals will be much less interested in sinking food if you feed them some flake at the upper levels at same time. You just need to divert their attention

One of the best foods for corydoras are this brand/type:

https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcos...ps-nature-food
Oh ok thank you! I have some sinking walfers so ill try that out too!!
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Also, it's a good idea to quarantine the fish before introducing them to the larger tank since they may have issues that can impact your current stock. If they're in their own tank for the first 2 weeks then you can also manage them a lot better by monitoring their food intake and seeing how they adjust to your water parameters. Just a good piece of practice for next time

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