Baby Peppered Cory Starving :( Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Freshwater-Freshman, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Freshwater-FreshmanValued MemberMember

    I just found one of my baby corys laying on his side, I was already worried that they weren't a getting enough because my cherry barbs are JERKS. These 3 females eat EVERYTHING and I was afraid they would burst, so I cut back. I have plans to move the corys into their own 20 gallon to stop this, but this little guy seems to have missed out on too much for too long. Do you think he will perk up and eat the blood worms in the little container he's in?

    He let me scoop him up with my hand.. That's probably a bad sign..
    He's staying upright for now, and swam a little after I helped him back up. Is there anything else I can do?

    BTW the rest of them are doing fine and don't look too thin, but they are still so small and I think 4 are males, who seem to stay skinnier

  2. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember

    Try hand-feeding him asap!

  3. TexasGuppyWell Known MemberMember

    My corys love fluval bug bites.. but as many with community tanks, the other pigs (gourami) get most the food. I have bdbs (sandy) bottom. I find if I put my fingers in the water, they go straight to the bottom and the corys will get them.. others say to put food in 30 min after lights out so the other fish don't see it.

  4. Freshwater-FreshmanValued MemberMember

    He's in there with a lot of worms, I'll try pushing them to him but he swims away as much as he can
  5. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember

    Put him in your hand and try that way
  6. Freshwater-FreshmanValued MemberMember

    They won't be going in with more community fish until they are bigger, this is just not ideal, I feel so bad for the little guy. He keeps falling over when he moves

    I'll try to feed them more in the dark, right now I basically just wave the barbs away with my hand until the corys are done eating

    Just scoop him up with some worms? He is pretty scared of me but I'll try to feed him. There's worms touching his face but he isn't going for them.

    I've placed his mouth right on top of a soft wafer, I hope he starts to get some of it while he's breathing heavy. I'm going to keep checking on him making sure he stays on it
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  7. LunnieticWell Known MemberMember

    My pepper cories will not actually wat blood worms. I have to feed them shrimp pellets.

    I do wish you luck with the little guy.
  8. FashoogaFishlore VIPMember

    Feed it when the lights are off. Put some sinking pellets in and that might help.

    Or you can feed the regular fish their food and see about sneaking the sinking pellets while they are distracted. If you have a HOB you can use the water to push the food down faster.
  9. Freshwater-FreshmanValued MemberMember

    Mine are not picky eaters, and they have always accepted bloodworms readily, I'm wondering if they would feed better for a bit with my Neon Green Rasboras. Thanks for the good wishes.

    Just sponge filters, but I do have sinking food. Just a matter of getting the little guy to eat. I'm worried he might be too far gone
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  10. FishMichValued MemberMember

    I hope your little guy makes it!!!
  11. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember

    Did he eat them??
  12. Freshwater-FreshmanValued MemberMember

    Well, I was up till 1 am with him and he didn't make it.
    I moved his siblings into my 20g with my little Kubotai and fed them in the dark, the top dwellers were none the wiser to the food. I'm so grateful for all the advice, and I will do a better to keep them well fed in the future. Thanks everyone
  13. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember

    OHMYGOSH!!:emoji_tired_face::emoji_tired_face::emoji_tired_face: I am so sorry!! I wish that did not happen!! :emoji_disappointed_relieved::emoji_disappointed_relieved::emoji_disappointed_relieved:
  14. FriarThomasIIIWell Known MemberMember

    C'est la vie. Were they more or less large fry or just juveniles? I currently have about 3 fry and 8 eggs in a net box that are going to eat micro worms and shrimp pellets. Usually to feed my adults I just put A LOT at once, so while the others are eating their flakes, some sink to the bottom and the cories eat when I don't feed shrimp pellets. Hope this helps. Sorry I was too late.
  15. CuquiNew MemberMember

    :( Oh no... I'm really sorry about your cory
  16. Freshwater-FreshmanValued MemberMember

    I would've fed more, but my cherry barbs are absolute hogs, they will eat all the food at the bottom as well as the floating stuff. Especially the 3 biggest females, they are so fat right now but I can't stop them from zipping around and gobbling everything. I'm worried they even keep food from the other barbs

    And the corys are juveniles, they are an inch and a quarter at the smallest, I've had them for a couple months. Also don't apologize, all your guys' help has hopefully saved the other 5
  17. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember

    Did you try sinking pellets or anything like that???
  18. Freshwater-FreshmanValued MemberMember

    Me neither, this is my first community tank and this has been the only issue, too bad it was a fatal one
  19. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember

    Yea....I really hope you have better luck if you get another one!!
  20. Freshwater-FreshmanValued MemberMember

    Yes, he was not able to eat any of it, he was just too weak

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