fresh veggies?

  1. k9z3boys Member Member

    offered zucchini to the rubberlip pleco and he could not be bothered...
    want to try some for the bn and the otos... they were out of zucchini so I got cucumber. I will peel it. what about cabbage? spinach? lettuce... not nec romaine...
    what else?

    how long to leave it in there? I have a veggie clip and we use sinker weights for the zucchini/ cucumber.
     
  2. NCE12940 Well Known Member Member

    I've never tried any leafy veggies but my BNs love zucchini, yellow squash, shelled cooked peas, red bell pepper, NLS algae gel, Repashy Morning Wood, etc. Pretty much anything they can get their mouth on.
     

  3. k9z3boys Member Member

    I went ahead with the cucumber-- read the cabbage can make the tank smell like cole slaw.... i'll pass. made a good attempt at blanching it...hope I did it right...some sank, some didn't used a non blanched slice in the veggie clip for the mynock.
    we will see In the morning if anyone tried.. hope the otos at least eat some.... I hope they aren't picky to the point of starvation....
     

  4. NCE12940 Well Known Member Member

    Supposedly BNs don't care for yellow squash but my biggest male has spent almost all day devouring it. But when I first started putting veggies in it took awhile before they noticed and started eating. The babies in the other tank just today started nibbling on zucchini on the veggie clip. The 2 in the 45g have learned to come out and scavenge when I feed the Rainbowfish. It can take awhile before they catch on to all this. In the meantime they'll usually manage on algae and scavenging left-over food from the other fish.
     

  5. Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning,

    Do not give up on the zucchini for your Pleco, same for Romaine Lettuce. Both of my Plecos, Bristlenose and Sail Fin love each. I also stuff food sticks and wafers into the slice of zucchini so that the bottom feeders have a chance to eat before it's stolen by tank mates.

    It may take more than 1 try for the fish to realize that the zucchini and lettuce are actually food. I would suggest you keep trying it.

    I slice the zucchini round about 3" thick, weight it with plant anchors and let it sink to the bottom. I do not blanch it or boil it or throw it in the microwave. It goes in raw and fresh.

    If you feed at night, remove any uneaten portions the next morning. I feed in the mornings around 5:30am and I remove the slice by noon or before.

    Romaine Lettuce has more nutrition compared to other types of lettuce:
    https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/fish-food/69731-keeping-romaine-lettuce-fresh.html

    http://nutrition.about.com/od/askyournutritionist/f/lettuce_info.htm

    Ken