Best Way To Feed My Bristlenose Pleco Without The Other Fish Eating It All Up

Discussion in 'Pleco - Plecostomus' started by TinaJen, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. T

    TinaJen New Member Member

    My 2 Molly's keep eating all the veggies and alge wafers I put in the tank before the pleco can get to it.
  2. Tommy1284

    Tommy1284 Valued Member Member

    Mine do the exact same thing. I started putting in the wafers at night when the lights are off
  3. DCL415

    DCL415 Valued Member Member

    Feed at night when the lights are off, or feed some rapashy

  4. OP

    TinaJen New Member Member

    Okay thanks I'll try that.
  5. Mcasella

    Mcasella Fishlore VIP Member

    Mollies will eat anything, either target feed when the mollies are distracted or well after lights go out so the mollies are in a sleep state.
  6. Fashooga

    Fashooga Fishlore VIP Member

    Boil some zucchini and use a fork and stick it into the tank. The pleco will come out and eat that.
  7. Baba

    Baba Well Known Member Member

    I most have bully BN plecos. No other fish is allowed around THEIR algae wafers.
  8. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    I personally haven't had an issue with this...
    My Cherry Barbs just pick the sinking food, and then leave it alone.

    I would do the zucchini, or any other squash vegetable.
  9. f

    fishaholic87 Valued Member Member

    if you leave the light on for more than 12 hours they eat the algea that grows
  10. Fashooga

    Fashooga Fishlore VIP Member

    Technically they'll stop eating the algae after awhile. Also they'll eat it so fast that the tank won't be able to produce it fast enough.

    Besides a pleco shouldn't be purchased for solely to eat the algae, one must be able to feed it as well.
  11. OP

    TinaJen New Member Member

    That's my problem I want to be able to feed it veg and pellets but my mollies are eating it instead and shooing the poor guy away. Im going to try throwing in some veg after the lights are off for a few hours when the other fish are asleep. I'm hopeful it'd work, thank guys.
  12. Oliver T.

    Oliver T. Valued Member Member

    use slices of zucchini
  13. Fashooga

    Fashooga Fishlore VIP Member

    As previously stated on 4/13, blanch some zucchini and toss it into the tank. You might need to stick a fork in it but leave it there and that pleco will munch on it like it was in a buffet.
  14. Phillip J. Fry

    Phillip J. Fry New Member Member

    Cut a slice of zucchini, use a waffer to wedge a small hole in the zuccihini (or cucuber) till its wedged in there. (I cut small slices smaller than the waffer and put it in kind of like a button) get a salad of those plastic clips with the suction cups and clip the whole thing in (you can clip the edge of the waffer to help hold it) and stick it close to where the pleco likes to sit on glass near the bottom with waffer next to the glass. That way he can hide behind the veggie and the other fish can't get to it. Or get a log that the pleco can swim through but others cant and hide the waffer under it. (But thats harder to clean) that's what helped my pleco eat them.

    I have a cheese slicer and cut my veggies like thick slices of cheese btw. That was just easiest way to cut and weigh it down for me.
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 17, 2018
  15. f

    fishaholic87 Valued Member Member

    ive had my pleco for 2 years and never fed it anything it just eats the algae it cant keep up

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