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WTF Do Corydoras Eat?

Posted 2009.08.05 9.04 in Aquaria, Photography by Stephanie

I have these two cute Peppered Corys (Corydoras paleatus) in my 23 gallon aquarium. Originally I got just the one, but I quickly saw how lonely he was getting. He would try and play with the zebra danios, but they would simply ignore him. So I added a second, and they have been best friends ever since. The original is slightly smaller and his name is Doctor Pepper, the second is a bit larger and is named Sergeant Pepper. Anyhow, I’ve been trying to figure out what to feed them, what they actually eat.

Doctor Pepper

According to Wikipedia, “Corys are mostly bottom feeders, so they should be offered sinking pellets as well as supplements of live and frozen foods.” Having read this, I’ve bought special sinking catfish food pellets for them, and I supplement with freeze-dried whole foods (blood worms, brine shrimp.) Yet I’ve never seen them eat these things. The pellets are utterly ignored, until the snails find them. The freeze-dried foods never seem to reach the bottom, everyone else goes nuts for them.

So my two corys spend all their time scrunging around for food, and they don’t seem to be starving, but I can’t tell what exactly they’re eating. Sometimes they scrunge the glass walls, but according to several sources, corydoras don’t eat algae! The only thing I have definately seen them eat, is Sergeant Pepper once ate a tiny squished planorbid snail. The aquarium is infested with some species of planorbidae and consequently they frequently meet with ‘accidents’ that result in them becoming fishfood. I already knew the zebra danios ate them and now I know that the corys eat them too.

But other than this one tiny snail, what the heck are my corys eating?

Sergeant Pepper

It’s a mystery.

I Miss Diet Dr. Pepper

Posted 2009.07.19 12.00 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I was just sitting here watching my fish when it struck me that I rather miss drinking diet Dr. Pepper.

I always thought the diet one tasted way better than the regular one – maybe the regular one was too sickly sweet or something. Anyways, I used to go through like 4 or 5 cans a day of that stuff. A few years ago though, I stopped drinking soda pop and now I can’t drink it. The bubbles are too harsh and ouchie.

I probably sound like Grampa Simson – Ow! Ow! The bubbles are burning my tongue!

Still – I did enjoy the taste, it was my favorite thirst-quenching soft drink. Sure I could go out and buy some, but I know I wouldn’t enjoy it. I guess that’s what I miss – not the beverage itself, but being able to enjoy it. On the other hand, I’m glad I’m not ‘hooked’ on it like I used to be – the cost of going through that much pop every week can add up, and it can’t be too good for one’s health either.

Then they had the special flavours, like the Vanilla Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper – that was wierd. I mean, I liked it, but I think I liked the idea of it more than anything else. I couldn’t actually taste it. Literally – it was like all the different artificial flavours came together and cancelled each other out, so that all I had was the sensation, and maybe a faint hint of flavour that I couldn’t quite place. There was another one, chocolate rasberry diet dr. pepper maybe, or something like that. It… wasn’t so good.

Anyhow… so that’s where my head is at just now. Missing being able to enjoy something I no longer enjoy. If that makes any sense.