What to Feed Your Cory Catfish

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What Do Cory Catfish Eat?

Corydoras are carnivorous little micro predators that eat worms, insect larvae, and other small invertebrates in nature. Since live foods can be inconvenient to keep on hand at all times, you’re going to want a good quality prepared food blend on hand for most days. So what are the best prepared foods for Corydoras?

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Product Name: Fluval Bug Bites Tropical Fish Food for Small to Medium Fish Cool Color Enhancing Flake with Brine Shrimp Tetra 3 in 1 Min Tropical Select-A-Food Tropical Fish Food Aqueon Shrimp Pellets Fish Food
Size: 1.59 oz. 16 oz 2.4 Ounce (Pack of 1) 3 x 3 x 4 inches; 6.5 Ounces
Brand: Fluval Brine Shrimp Direct Tetra Aqueon
Food Type: Granule Flake Mixed Pellet
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Best Food for Corydoras

Fluval Bug Bites Tropical Fish Food, Small Granules for Small to Medium Sized Fish, 1.6 oz., A6577

Fluval Bug Bites are an ideal food for Corydoras because the first three ingredients are 100% animal protein! Black Soldier Fly larvae are an environmentally friendly source of high quality protein and similar to the insect larvae, worms, and other invertebrates that Cories normally eat in the wild.

Fluval Bug Bites are also nutritionally complete, with added vitamins and flavor enhancers like rosemary, that add to the scent and taste appeal for picky eaters. Just make sure that you stick to the small granule size since Cories have such tiny mouths. You may also want to pre-soak them for a few minutes, to make them easier to swallow.

Cool Color Enhancing Flake with Brine Shrimp, 16 oz
Cool Color’s products are some of my favorites because they rely on low temperature drying processes to create their flakes and pellets! We humans enjoy cooked food but heating can denature proteins and make them less bioavailable for fish.

Their Color Enhancing Brine Shrimp flakes provide a balanced nutritional profile in of themselves! Brine Shrimp are rich in fat and protein and these flakes also have beneficial bacteria added to facilitate healthy digestion. A small amount of processed spirulina boosts the nutritional profile of these flakes and 400 parts per million of astaxanthin boosts the colors of your fish!

Tetra 77031 3 in 1 Min Tropical Select-A-Food Tropical Fish Food

Tetra is a household name brand when it comes to fish products. And their 3 in 1 Select-A-Food includes several options to ensure your Cories get ample variety for a healthy diet! We get standard flakes, which are easily eaten once they soften in the water.

The Tetra Crisps use a slightly different formulation for a different taste. And you also have freeze dried gammarus as a treat for your fish on occasion! Just make sure to give the gammarus a few minutes to soak in warm water, softening them up for your Cories since they don’t chew as well as other fish.

(3 Pack) Aqueon Shrimp Pellets Fish Food, 6.5 Ounces Each

I’m always on the lookout for protein-based prepared options for Corydoras. And Aqueon Shrimp Pellets are some of the best since they use shrimp meal as the main ingredient. Aqueon also uses a sinking formula, delivering food right to the bottom where Cories tend to stay. This way they don’t have to compete at the surface with your other fish.

These pellets do need a little time to absorb water and break apart. But your Corydoras will happily nibble away at the surface as they slowly soften!