Mollies eating cory food

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So I just added cory catfish to my tank- i split some veggie rounds and the corys flocked to it! So did the mollies...

Do i have to worry about the mollies over eating since i feed them flakes??

Will the cory fish get enough to eat?

How do you feed corys with the other fish??

Thanks
 

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Well if you like your mollies..... lol JettsPapa You don’t have to give them away.

Some people feed corys their sinking pellets at night, but my platy wakes up to go eat it! So that never worked for me. Platies are the same ravenous fatties as mollies. What ended up working really well for me, is that I give a pinch of flakes or whatever to the fish, then I give PRESOAKED, SMOOSHED sinking pellets to the corys. My platy prefers the corys’ food, so she goes for it. Because it’s already soaked and breaking into bits, she takes her bite then spits out the food. The pieces go everywhere and my corys follow behind her cleaning up after her. The corys can also take full bites from a soft, smooshed pellet, so they get more food this way as well. The platy doesn’t overeat because she gets to eat for the same amount of time as all my other fish.

Edit: I break each soft presoaked pellet in half and scatter it around the tank.
 
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So much better answer then just getting rid of them lol!!

I like my mollies, thanks!
 

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So, you have food gluttons, welcome to the club, I have had this issue with varios species many times,
It takes some experamenting, especially with fish like mollies, that will eat most anything.
I have acara, that will eat my loaches food that willl eat my plecos food...

what is working for me is feeding slow disolving wafers to the bottom feeders, the acara chase it but forget it pretty fast, I have a feeling your mollies will to, then the cories will get most of it. I have cobalt sinking pellets, the fish love them. The cories will get bits of the other foods to as they graze throught the day. The trick is not overfeeding.
 

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I have the same problem with my guppies and platies eating food intended for my panda corydoras. I put my corydora's food in about 30 minutes after lights out, but I am not sure if the corys get it. Do corydoras eat at night? I've read different opinions about this.
 

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I think most fish are eager to eat whenever you offer food. Maybe some wild-caught species are pickier.
I still feed the bottom feeders at night. But I dont think that my loaches evan remember that they are nocturnal anymore.
 

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So far, thats the most difficult part of keeping corydoras for me. At this point, I might just handfeed them... The first time I even actually saw them pooping was around 2 months after getting them; they're eating something though as they're still alive and chubby :D
 

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I had a dwarf of a dwarf candystriped pleco. he never grew to 1.5 inches from tip to tail. I have no Idea how he managed with my ravenous hoard of loaches. but he lived for 11 years , well past the normal life expectancy for the candy stripedpleco. RSVP candyman!
 

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In my opinion the bottom feeders get more food than we think they do. My corys were growing and healthy even before I started soaking and smooshing their food. They originally would run from the platy but then they stopped caring about her altogether and everyone feeds off the same piece of pellet. If they don’t look too skinny and are growing well, you are probably fine :)
 

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I feed my Cory's those sinking foods sometimes in my 90g. I also have a big group of mollies and swordtails in there. I just overfeed sometimes, then a whole bunch of food goes to the bottom and the corys all run to it.
 

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Simply crumble food. Corys will love to scavage the tank for ours whike the other fish don't mind.

BTW Veggie Rounds aren't proper food for corys. They are on the carnivorious side of the spectrum and need proteins / minerals that are only provided by "meaty" food.
 

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I am relatively new to all of this and have been getting used to gluttonous mollies and guppies. Those guys stalk any wafers/pellets, snail jello, you name it.

In addition to suggestions of trying to sneak a sinking pellet after lights out, I do a few things to make sure the Corys get food. Crumble some of your flakes or pellets under the water so they fall immediately - the Corys mobilize quickly and find the little bits! I also feed frozen bloodworms once every 7-10 days or so to help ensure my Corys get a good meal here and there. It’s also fun to watch them slurp them up like a spaghetti noodle :)
 

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