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Hi all. I have three peppered cories in my 29gal tank (will up that to five once I get my replacement pair of GBRs since this tank had a MAJOR accident today) and one of them is way smaller and skinnier than the other two. He is fairly active, but he's just so small. How can I make sure that he's getting enough to eat? Should I move him to a different tank to fatten him up, then put him back with his buddies once he's gained some weight? Currently in that tank I have 7 tiger barbs, 1 SA bumblebee catfish, 1 BN pleco and the three cories. I purposefully overfeed the tank slightly so that the bottom feeders have a variety of food to eat (bottom feeder pellets on top of whatever they can scavenge). I don't see the other two cories chasing him at all. In fact, he kind of just stays to himself.
 

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I think males are a lot smaller, well at least mine is. My cory is the same, and I have considered putting him in a separate tank... but he seemed OK so I didn't...

I don't think it is anything to worry about.
 

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kk...He's not just a little bit smaller...he's like half their size. Hopefully he'll be okay. I guess I shouldn't worry too much about him...even at his size, he's survived longer than the two albino cories I got from Petsmart last week (I've had the three peppered cories for about three weeks now).

Here's a pic of one of my peppered cories (not the skinny one...this is the one I call "Jaws" 'cuz he likes to mess with the tiger barbs) next to my SA bumblebee cat, just for grins and giggles:
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you could isolate him... but as my mum (whos a nurse) says ''sometimes you can do too much, and sometimes its better to let nature to take its path'' I would just leave him if hes active.
 

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Yeah, I think I'm just going to leave him. I tried to get a pic of him near one of the other two, but the other two were having too much fun harrassing Grover (the SA bumblebee cat). lol
 

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I've got 6 Corydora's, 3 Peppered & 3 Julii. I got the 3 Peppered Cory's about three months ago, all the same size when I got them (around an inch long), but now I have one that is almost 3 inches long (my partner & I call her "the beast"), the second is slightly smaller but the third one has hardly grown, he is half the size of "The Beast", I got 3 Julii Cory's around six weeks ago and they are now all bigger than the small Peppered Cory.

I've also been tempted to move him somewhere to feed him up, but I see him at feeding time and he is getting his fair share, and I think he is the father to the Corydora eggs I found in the tank afew days ago, so a case of size isnt everything???
 
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