Feeding Corys and potentially odd behavior??

Discussion in 'Corydoras' started by Lunammortem, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. LunammortemNew MemberMember

    So I just got 2 Corys (I plan on getting more) and I bought algae pellets for them to eat, as instructed by the lady at petco. However I don't really see them eating it. I put a full pellet it (I have the thin ones since they're very small) and they went up to it and messed with it, but it doesn't seem like they are it. So I tried crushing it up for them and they still just swim right around it. Of course, my ghost shrimp love it, but they can't eat the whole thing and I don't like having bits of algae pellets sitting in my tank if no one is really eating them. Am I doing something wrong??
    Also my catfish will swim around and they're so adorable, but sometimes they just plop down and look dead. When I first saw it I thought they had both died, only to find out they were taking a cat nap. Is this normal behavior or could something be wrong with my fish?

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  2. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Welcome to Fishlore :)
    Unfortunately you were misinformed on what to feed the corys, they aren't algae eaters & although they will eat the wafers if there's nothing else on offer they get little nutrition from them.
    They need a good catfish pellet as a staple & frozen or live food such as bloodworm, brine shrimp etc.
    Can you better describe their behaviour or even better get a short video of them doing it & more information on your tank, water stats, size, tankmates etc?

  3. LunammortemNew MemberMember

    Well they swim around and do their normal stuff and then they just plop down and stop moving. It mostly seems like a nap, honestly, and they look dead. ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1438181024.576967.jpg

  4. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Is that a red tail shark in with the cories? What size tank? They require at least a 50 gal tank minimum.

  5. LunammortemNew MemberMember

    It's a rainbow shark
    Yes I've only just learned this information. I was extremely misinformed by the people at petco and pet smart yesterday and I plan on returning the sharks or giving them to a friend with a bigger tank.

    It's a 10 gallon
    The lady said 2 would be perfect for the 10 gallon, which clearly is not true.


    Here are some videos of what they normally do and when they're 'asleep'

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  6. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    That looks like normal cory behaviour to me, they can spend a lot of time just resting
  7. LunammortemNew MemberMember

    Okay, I just wasn't sure. Thanks!

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  8. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    Agreed, there seems to be different behavior between individuals. Some patrol all day, while other chill a bit more often.
  9. ReyesValued MemberMember

    Seems normal to me too. They are shifters, so even when the pellets are sitting in front of them they will just go around looking for the small pieces, but they will need special pellets for bottom dwellers.

    As for the naps.... Mine do that in the morning, all 8 of them, until they see movement in the room or lights and think they are getting fed:)
  10. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    Ive never fed mine pellets, but you could try that. Ive just kept them with sloppy eaters, :)
  11. DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    To me they are two far to thin Trilineatus at non suitable gravel. I call this "algaewafer-syndrom" lacking the right nutrition for some time (shame on the LFS). Follow Coradee 's feeding-advice and get some other substrate. Rehome the redtail !!!
  12. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Are you upgrading from the 10g? That size won't be enough for cories either.....unfortunately.
  13. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Yep I told the OP that 10g is too small for cories in another tank already.

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