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PacKRaT
09-17-2007, 11:17 PM
I love my plecos, I feed them all kinds of stuff. I've read and seen frozen vegetables like peas being used. I want to buy some frozen vegetables, because we don't eat things they would accept fresh every day (shame on us) , to maintain a healthy diet for a clown, a rubber lip, and a spotted sailfin (gibbiceps), all juvenile. Any good suggestions? I also heard fresh potato is good, should I blanch it or just stick it in raw in the veggie clip?

AquataHolic420
09-17-2007, 11:19 PM
CUCUMBERS/ZUCCHINI!

PacKRaT
09-17-2007, 11:26 PM
CUCUMBERS/ZUCCHINI!
I do occasionally get those fresh, it's just that honestly, I can't stand that stuff, and we don't have those veggies around the house. When its that time of year, I'll get one just for those guys every now and then. They just seem so finiky, maybe they eat when I sleep. I was hoping to buy a bag of maybe frozen peas, I won't use canned 'cause of added salt, or is that bad? maybe carrots? That way I know at least they would get their veggies...:crazy:

AquataHolic420
09-17-2007, 11:33 PM
Cukes/Zukes. go to WALMART and get one. and yes just throw it on the clip.

PacKRaT
09-18-2007, 1:16 AM
Alright, I went to walmart and bought a cucumber. Instead of using a clip, is it okay to blanch the food so it sinks?

AquataHolic420
09-18-2007, 1:33 AM
I always just stuck a piece of cuke wedged onto a rock in the tank so it sank... i dnno

Ianab
09-18-2007, 1:47 AM
Alright, I went to walmart and bought a cucumber. Instead of using a clip, is it okay to blanch the food so it sinks?

Stick a fork in it, that will sink it ;)

Other veges you can try is mushroom, just get the white button ones, they keep in the fridge for a few days. Frozen green beans can be good, you can keep a bag in the freezer and defrost a few at a time. Potato is OK raw, but best to soak them for a while and to wash out the starch. Sweet potato as well. Experiment :D

Cheers

Ian

ewurm
09-18-2007, 1:55 AM
I buy fresh veggies just for my fish, they are so cheap I don't mind throwing away the uneaten portion. Also you can supplement the diet with algae wafers and other sinking pellets and tablets.

davo
09-18-2007, 7:16 AM
Check the dietry thread for a load of ideas... theres a whole list.
Cucumber isn't very nutritional though, and there are also things a lot better than zuc. Potatoes are good but you have to wash them/soak them to get out as much starch as possible, these will sink by themselves. Melon, peas, carrots... like I said theres a list. There really is no need to blanch the veggies as you are saying goodbye to the nutritional content. I do cook shelled peas though to make a paste sometimes. If you go to the dietry thread, click the link to the best prepared foods, and CUP has posted a link on making this kind of paste, which you can customize for your plecos needs.

PacKRaT
09-18-2007, 9:59 AM
Thanks guys. I was hoping for some creative answers like those. Cukes aren't that nutritious, that's good to know. My plecos always get wafers, and were getting veggies fairly regularly. I'll go by a bag of unseasoned frozen green beans, and blanch some potato.

wataugachicken
09-18-2007, 10:35 AM
i blanch storebought zucchini because it kills any fungus that might be on the skin, but this summer when i grew zucchini and served it right out of the garden i didn't do anything to it. the fresh zuc didn't have any fungus problems and stayed hard until the plecos finished eating it (2-3 days). store-bought can only stay in less than 24hrs before it turns to mush, even if you don't blanch it first.

Dreamsofpeace54
09-18-2007, 10:45 AM
i have 2x bristlenose plecos and a leopard frog pleco. As well as 3 commons (1x almost 16 inches, and 2 around 10 inches) they DESTROY zucchini but arent real big fans of cucumber. Algae wafers and frozen krill as well as hikari sinking carnivore.

Red Devil
09-18-2007, 11:13 AM
I do occasionally get those fresh, it's just that honestly, I can't stand that stuff, and we don't have those veggies around the house. When its that time of year, I'll get one just for those guys every now and then. They just seem so finiky, maybe they eat when I sleep. I was hoping to buy a bag of maybe frozen peas, I won't use canned 'cause of added salt, or is that bad? maybe carrots? That way I know at least they would get their veggies...:crazy:

blanched the zukes and put in freezer bags ..have them sliced and ready..and hope you eat some veggies!! Same with carrots .. just slice and blanch and freeze ..marked in big letters Pleco's.. haha

davo
09-20-2007, 6:03 PM
again... don't need to blanche potatoes, they sink anyway ;) Just wash them thoroughly

dragonfish
09-20-2007, 6:22 PM
Mine like zucchini, peas, romaine and other greens but weren't interested in potatoe at all. Guess they are watching their carb intake.

Red Devil
09-20-2007, 9:49 PM
Mine like zucchini, peas, romaine and other greens but weren't interested in potatoe at all. Guess they are watching their carb intake.
:ROFL:
mine were not interested either.. they have to get use to them..

PacKRaT
09-21-2007, 1:31 PM
So, unblanched potatos, unless the pleco is doing the Atkins diet...