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Tank cleaning question

I have noticed my neon tetras arent eating all the food and some is makeing it to the substrate , should clean the left over food on the substrate when I do a water change or leave it to compose for the plants ?
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Clean it up asap and try feeding your fish less. Rotting food is only going to cause water problems.


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Feeding less for the time being makes sense

Try to get some scavengers so you don't need to worry so much about it

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Feeding less for the time being makes sense

Try to get some scavengers so you don't need to worry so much about it
I agree. My cories and ghost shrimp take care of any floating food that happens to make it to my substrate, which doesn't happen very often. There isn't enough food that drops to sustain my scavengers, so I feed sinking food as well, which my neon tetras and guppies attack with gusto as well.
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I agree. My cories and ghost shrimp take care of any floating food that happens to make it to my substrate, which doesn't happen very often. There isn't enough food that drops to sustain my scavengers, so I feed sinking food as well, which my neon tetras and guppies attack with gusto as well.
Good point I have 4 Cory cats in my 10 gallon. My focus is how to make sure they get enough food without the endlers and guppies eating it all.

I like sinking pellets but my larger females like to sit at the bottom and eat those along with the Cory cats

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I have one cory cat and till 2 days ago he has been doing a good job but not lately
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Corys do much better in groups, they are much happier and more active. Personally I always get at least 3.
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Even 3 Cories is not much of a group. I used to get them in 3s, but when I got more (minimum of 5) they were much more playful and up front.
I realize this could seriously affect the bioload in a small tank, so look for the Cories that are the right size:
The smaller dwarfs can be stocked half a dozen in a 10 gallon and still have bio-space for a mid tank swimmer like Dwarf Rasboras. Sure could not put half a dozen of the larger ones in a 10 gallon, though!

Monitor the NO3 levels. If they are holding stable, then do not worry about a little food that hits the floor of the tank now and then. No matter how little you feed the fish are always going to miss some.
If you see the NO3 climbing too fast, then feed less. The plants are not using as much nitrogen as you are adding to the tank.
Many people over feed the fish. Skip a feeding once a week (unless these are fry). Rotate different forms of food.
Feed high quality food. Not fish meal and grains.
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