Cucumber? Zucchini??

Discussion in 'Fish Food' started by Emilynn55, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. Emilynn55

    Emilynn55Valued MemberMember

    So I've been reading a few articles that say it's ok to feed your pleco cucumbers and zucchini??? True? False? Is it ok if my other fish eat it??

  2. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    True, you can also feed green peppers, green beans, broccoli, sweet potato etc, it won't harm your other fish if they eat it, some will probably like it
  3. am3ience

    am3ienceNew MemberMember

    be sure to blanch your veggies before you put them in the tank!
  4. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Not all veggies need to be blanched. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1406051619.144309.jpg
  5. Anita Vidgen

    Anita VidgenValued MemberMember

    Mine absolutely love veggies, I also feed, crushed garlic, lettuce and banana

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  6. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Good morning,

    Star.gif I have moved your thread from Freshwater Beginners to Freshwater Tank Equipment/Fish Food section of the forum.

    It is perfectly fine to feed your fish, all fish, fresh veggies. It may take several tries before the fish realize the veggies are food so do not give up if they do not take to it right away.

    I feed my Plecos and other bottom dwellers a slice of raw zucchini every morning. I do not blanch it or boil it or nuke it in the microwave. It goes in raw. I slice the zucchini round about 3" to 4" thick, add plant anchors to the bottom of the slice to make it sink and I stuff the slice with algae wafers, food sticks. All of the fish feed from it eventually but this gives my bottom dwellers a chance to eat before it is all stolen by other tank mates.

    Bottom dwellers consists of Sail Fin Pleco, Bristle Nose Pleco, Emerald Cory Cats, Rainbow Shark. All of my fish will feed from the slice at some point.

    If you feed thawed frozen peas, these have already been blanched and there is no need to blanch them again.

    Romaine lettuce is a big hit with all of my fish too. Note that Romaine Lettuce has more nutritional value than Iceberg Lettuce.

    Veggie clip:

    (best I have found to date. The Nemo clips break before I even get them in the tank)

    Keeping Romaine Lettuce fresh:

    Nutritional value:

    My Silver Dollars love the green skin from the zucchini slice and they can really munch away big time! The Sail Fin Pleco prefers the meat of the zucchini while my Bristle Nose Pleco prefers the green skin also. Sometimes I just remove the skin, soak it in Vita Chem and Garlic Guard, slice it into tiny pieces the fish can easily swallow and it's eaten by everyone in the tank.

    The Romaine Lettuce I leave in the tank until the fish have eaten to the rib of the leaf then I remove it. The Zucchini slice I leave in the tank for about 5 to 6 hours and I remove it before I lose the plant anchors that weigh the slice.

    If you feed at night, be sure to remove any uneaten portions the next morning.


    Link to Ken's Fish Foods (not my site!)
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2014