What should I feed my Albino Cory Catfish? I bought him at a pet store and I noticed he does not eat, what should I feed him. I have a school of neon tetras in the same 30 gallon tank with him. I feed tetra min tropical lakes and a lot fall to the bottom but he will not eat them so i just take it out after it sat there for 3 hours. Please, I need some help so Barney, the albino catfish, won't die.
Corys will eat algae wafers and I also feed mine shrimp pellets. They DIVE on them!
Note: I just read where johnarthur wrote this on another response - "don't feed algae wafers", and he is an expert, so maybe follow his advice and not mine? Although mine do love the algae wafers and they do fine on them. Here's John's response:
"Hikari wafers in the orange package provide a nutritional balance."
Maybe someone else will post more suggestions.
Thanks, but the pet store said he didn't eat any of those either, but I will try
I feed my 2 corydoras on mini catfish sinking pellets, they seem to really like them, plus they pretty much hoover the rest of the tank and seem to like just about anything
My corys eat whatever is left over from feeding the other fish in the tank, as long as you feed a good quality food of any kind they will be fine. They also seem to love the frozen brine, an bloodworms i feed weekly.
If you get an opportunity take look at the dwarf species of cory. tey are amazing little fish in groups of about 6 or more.
I also feed Hikari Sinking Wafers, and my cory's love them. In fact the orange package I have has a panda cory on it. They're small, only about 1/4 in. in diameter. Otherwise, they eat anything they stir up or that floats by, since they're constantly in motion. The good thing about the wafers is they're just big enough that my other fish can't swallow them if intercepted. I have some other bottom feeder food that's about half the wafer's size and I have to time the drop just right for those to hit the gravel without being stolen and eaten.
How long have you had Barney? I introduced the last Albino Cory I have to the other two and it explored for a few minutes, then moved to some cover and stayed there for a few hours until starting to search around. If you've had Barney for only a short time, maybe he's adjusting. The Hikari wafers mentioned are common, you could try dropping one near him and maybe he'll root it out. Mine seem to recognize food more by smell than anything and look like a dog following a scent, darting from side to side until they zero in on a wafer.
One thing I just though of, is Cory's are very social and are supposed to be in groups of at least 3, so you could try getting two more and see if that perks him up.
My three Albino cories go down to the bottom of the tank as soon as I feed the others and root around for what ever is dropped. I also give them Tetra Niblets Wafer every third night, it's got zucchini and Spirulina Algae, all three start nibbling on it immediaely, but then the Mystery snail comes around and climbs on top of it and devours it. Its funny to watch.
Thanks, I am planning to buy 2 more anyways thanks 4 all ur advice.
they do seem to enjoy each other at times, but other times they are all in different places.
I have five of these but not the albinos,The albino cory cats from what I've read up on are an albino version of the peppered cory,mine eat flake,Hikari tropical pellet ( medium ) and are great little cleaners too,here's a link that may help....
Thanks everybody for all your advice
Thanks everybody for all your advice:)
Went out yesterday and bought the Hikari Wafers for the corys. They love them!
well, i look up this morning, P.S. 12:00 am, and there is Barney, flipped upside down, not breathing, and well, dead. He has no missing parts so it is not because of the other fish. I wanna know what I did wrong so I do not make the same mistake again. I fed him and he did not eat yesterday
Go to the store you had him from & see if there are any others in the tank you had him from that don't look too clever or lethargic,sounds like he may have already been ill?
I'm lucky when it comes to my local petstore as they're good people,family run shop,I went to buy my son a kuhli loach last week & they refused to sell it to me as there had been a few of them found dead that morning,so I went back 3-4 days later and still got told no they weren't selling them as they felt they themselves had been given a " bad batch" from their stockist,not a lot of stores are like this,they're just looking for that quick $€£...it may be the case with whoever sold you blarney?Sorry for your loss btw
Sorry about Barney, cory's have great personalities. I don't think you did anything wrong and Leigh may be on to something. Here's another thread I've been posting on that should make you feel a little better:
I am so sorry I can relate to how we fish people get so attached to them. I had a similar story a few months ago. I bought two albino corys. I was hesitant, because I've never had much luck with the albinos. Two days after I bought them, one died - no apparent reason - no physical signs - no warnings. The other one is still living......BUT......he has developed a crooked spine. He eats, swims, and other than that, acts very normal. For some reason, I think there is something genetically wrong with the albinos. I could be wrong, but that has been my experience. Has anyone else had this problem?
Again, I am so sorry. When you are ready to purchase another cory, may I suggest the Peppered or Julii cory - I have both and they seem to do great, even lay eggs all the time and I have managed to raise around 30 in the past few months.
Hopefully your pet shop will make this right for you.
Thanks everybody for your compassion to me I guess I'll go and buy 1 more, no big deal I guess Well, I hope I will find a good one at the store next time I buy one... and again, thanks everyone. I feel better now
When I got kitty the albino cory for my dd's tank we bought a tub of mini algae wafers. Not much interest to be honest, then got mini sinking pellets; She had a sniff then pass but 8 mins later she'd go back and give it a nibble.
I fell in love with her and when my own tank was ready for fish went and got 5 more abino cories and a tub of sinking shrimp pellets, I break them in half and drop both halves in and they come up and suck on them. I put a stick on treat on the glass and it feeds the gourami and as it falls apart they snuffle that up too. When I feed the frog frozen bloodworms they do that lady and the tramp spaghetti thing. When the rummies get fed any flake that makes it to the bottom disappears but i've never see them dive at it, guess they like the protein more than flake. Kitty, now she is in the gang really has more enthusiasm that she did before. She seemed happy enough at first but it wasn't until we introduced her to another like her it was like watching puppies play after she realized it wasn't a reflection!
I feed mine tropical flakes and if you leave them there for about 4 hours and go back to check they will be all gone and your catfish will be going all crazy
well, i look up this morning, P.S. 12:00 am, and there is Barney, flipped upside down, not breathing, and well, dead. He has no missing parts so it is not because of the other fish. I wanna know what I did wrong so I do not make the same mistake again. I fed him and he did not eat yesterday:(
I have Corys and a beta. I have personally found that they love the beta food as well as the algae wafers. It is good for them both because it contains whole fish meal, shrimp, krill etc. so it fills the meat part of their diet. I put the pellets near the filter output so they will sink fast.
As everyone has said they seem to like to be in groups. I have got seven peppered Corys and since I got all of them the first 3 are way more active. When I go and get fish from a store like Walmart I treat the fish with Medication right away.
Frozen blood worms are good
I had three and ended up with 12 more they had babies live birth I feed themfish flakes they live a long time I love my cory cats
We to have a albino Cory catfish & I Feed ours with a Pink package of Algae discs .
Called " wardley " & ours is doing great ! & we have had our albino Cory catfish for 3 years.
I've had my cory for about three months now and he is the most entertaining fish I've ever come across. He has a somewhat unconventional diet. His favourites are; banana and freeze dried blood worms, especially banana. The reason they follow a scent is because A) they are armoured cat fish and very clumsy swimers and they are visually impared. They become ver frantic and stressed when they do not have a place where they can rest comfortably and feel concealed. This stress can lead to reclusiveness, insecuraties which lead to a hunger strike and then death. I'm not saying this is the circumstance of your predicament I am just giving info. Something that solves the above problem is a well planted aquarium. The cories also really love to rest in and on lose water moss.
Feed it algae wafers I have an albino and green Cory and a dwarf frog that all love algae wafers.