Feeding bristlenose catfish

Discussion in 'Pleco - Plecostomus' started by Kimberly4403, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. K

    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    After reading a few posts about peoples BNs dying due to possible starvation im now worried im not feeding my BN enough..

    Mon, Wed, Fri- all my fish get blood worms (the worms usually get tossed around the entire tank by the current but i havent seen my BN eat them yet unless there are some left over after lights out)

    Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun - my fish get there normal diet of a mix of Nutridiet tropical flakes and Hikari micro pellets, corys get high protein sinking waffers and my BN gets a slice of zucchini with either an algea wafer or protein wafer pressed into the zucchini. I have deffinately seen him eating this..

    He has 24/7 access to driftwood and any algea in the tank

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  2. Bijou88

    Bijou88 Well Known Member Member

    I leave a fresh veggie in 24/7 for my pleco so he can munch on it throughout the day/night.

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  3. alink

    alink Well Known Member Member

    It would be a good idea to give fresh veggies several days of the week. I add 2 algae wafers or "bottom feeder tablets" almost every day for my 2 catfish, shark and pleco that will eat them. Mine has grown from less than an inch to 3.5 inches in 5 months so I think he is getting enough, lol. If you notice slow growth, then s/he is probably not getting enough. You could also leave your lights on in the tank for a little longer every day to encourage algae growth for the pleco.
     




  4. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1437497153.093712.jpg yep !!!
     
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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    Ok so this everyday

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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    Does urs always have his fins out like that? Mine doesnt is there something wrong with mine?

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  7. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    No defo not always!!!
     
  8. Bijou88

    Bijou88 Well Known Member Member

    My pleco pops his fins up when he gets excited but he drops them often when he calms down. Nothing to worry about with yours. :)

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  9. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    They should have a fresh veg available 24/7 besides other food, Just put it in one day and take out and replace the next day with a fresh piece .As they get used to veggies you can try all sorts of veggies and some fruits, No onions and no hot peppers. Any kind of squash, cukes, carrots, sweet potatoes, any dark leafy greens, cabbage broccoli, swiss chard, water melon, cantalope, ect, ect. That is half the fun of the plecs, feeding them.. Alison
     
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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    Can carrot be feed raw? I feed my zucchini raw and he loves it.. I have some spinach in fridge might give that ago too

    I fed all my fish a cube of brine shrimp the other day for the first time ever and my BN was even brave enough to come out and eat some too so hopefully as he gets bigger and accustomed to feeding times he will start coming out more for other foods too rather than just eating veg and algea

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  11. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    You can either blanch or feed it raw. I feed all of mine raw veggies. The brine shrimp and frozen Blood worms are a good protein source. They do get used to feeding times and areas of where the food is placed. My male ABN Lucky loves to take all the skin off his zuchhini first and then goes for the soft stuff. My other two make scoops is the soft centers and eat that .Sounds like yous will have a happy home . Alison
     
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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    Is capsicum safe to feed BN

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  13. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    I would say no to the hot peppers or capsicum. However any of the sweet bell peppers are fine, green beans, are good. Alison
     
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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    I almost freaked out then remembered in australia the sweet bell peppers are called capsicum lol

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  15. Littlebudda

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    I have feed my BN's capsicum of all colours and they like it, not as much as zucchini, cucumber, butternut pumpkin and strawberries but they will eat it.


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  16. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    Sorry didn't mean to scare you. HEHE In the USA they call the hot peppers capsicum and put that ingredient in a lot of arthritis creams and creams for aches and pains for the effect on the nerves. I am sure they are still in the same family. Birds don't have the heat sensors that people do and most parrots like hot peppers. Alison
     
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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    So put in green 'sweet' capsicum last night BN not a fan however my SAEs and sterbai corys have been into it so someone likes it

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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    Maybe i was wrong she seems to be enjoying the capsicum.. Might try carrot or peas tonight... She (no bristles so assuming a girl) definately bigger and filling out now only had her 1 month.. And has finally got the hang of coming out at feeding time gets her far share of what evers going... Shes also changing colours do they change colours often shes a lot lighter and browner than when i got her? Parameters are great ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 5

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  19. Bijou88

    Bijou88 Well Known Member Member

    Changing colors to blend in is normal for some plecos, she's probably gotten lighter because of the light tan sand. She looks to be enjoying her pepper! :)

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  20. Littlebudda

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    They will also change colour depending on what they eat.

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    The one in the shell loves pumpkin the one on the outside prefers white flesh fruits (zucchini, cucumber etc.)


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