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what vegetables to feed my pleco?
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ah_hup
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PostPosted: 2007.03.16(Fri)22:47    Post subject: what vegetables to feed my pleco? Reply with quote

as stated above. I read that pleco take cabbage, cucumber or even spinach. but how do I feed them? just drop it into the water?? if need to rinse, rinse with tap water? if do the tap water will contain chlorine. how? can any bros here advise me?
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PostPosted: 2007.03.17(Sat)10:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good way of feeding them is to chop a cucumber or courgette (you call them zuchinni in the states) into segments about half an inch thick. Place it into a pan of boiling water and heat the veg until it sinks to the bottom. Once that's done wait for it to cool and you take it out and place it in the tank - it should sink to the bottom.

Your fish should like it.
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PostPosted: 2007.03.17(Sat)23:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

when u put in the veg after boiling, will it still have some left over chlorine in it?
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PostPosted: 2007.03.18(Sun)6:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would think it would still have some traces of chloramine (not many places use chlorine because it evaporates too quickly) but the trace amounts there would probably be acceptable, even if straight tap water is not. another method is to take the zucchini or cucumber and freeze it then thaw it when ready to feed, since that causes the cell walls to burst and makes it all mushy, which is why before flash freezing, frozen foods tasted terrible.
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PostPosted: 2007.03.18(Sun)19:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 2007.03.19(Mon)5:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a small Bristlenose pelco who hides all day long. There is plenty of algae for it to eat right now but I too would like to supplement its diet. I tried placing zucchini in the bottom of the tank and left it over night. It wasn
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PostPosted: 2007.03.19(Mon)6:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use defrosted frozen peas and individually shuck them, they're GREAT. They sink on their own then. Baby ancistrus do great on them and almost all your fish will have a go.
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PostPosted: 2007.03.19(Mon)7:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you say,
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PostPosted: 2007.03.19(Mon)7:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I really do mean deshell each individudal pea, one by one, so you kind of end up with split peas, it's surprisingly easy to do.
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PostPosted: 2007.03.19(Mon)13:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

cucumber is one of the best things to feed a pleco. ours has always eaten any we have put in, not all of it but most.

The clown loaches eat carrot, and I believe our pleco has tried some too
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