It's true, plecos love their cucumbers... & it's not just plecos... or cucumbers

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Check this guy out, munching away. Whoever first had the idea of giving cucumber to plecos was a genius and deserves a medal. First time I tried, was not a success. They complete ignored it so I removed it after a couple of hours (don't want rotting veggies in my tank). For some reason since then, they love it! Even my mollies will have a peck, but they soon tire of it. My pleco will just eat it, go away, eat it, go away, eat it.

Can't remember who gave me the idea of weighing the cucumber down with aquatic plant weights, but what a great idea! I was worried the metal bit would rust but I don't really leave it in there for too long so fingers crossed am not actually slowly heavy-metal-poisoning my fish trying to give them a treat!

And let's make sure we clean the underside too. That's right, we only believe in a thorough job.
 

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Re: It's true: plecos love their cucumber!

That is so cute! I need to try giving some to Kramer soon.
 

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Re: It's true: plecos love their cucumber!

Yep they L-O-V-E that cuc and zuchinnI Top and bottom
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Re: It's true: plecos love their cucumber!

Yes your Otos will love Cucumber or Zuchinni. It may tke a couple of times to figure out it's food but watch out when then do. I suggest you put it in at night to begin with and take it out the next morning. Then soon you can put it in anytime and they will come out for it
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Re: It's true: plecos love their cucumber!

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Yep they L-O-V-E that cuc and zuchinnI Top and bottom
Carol
What a GREAT picture!
 

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thank you armadillo Those are two of my long-fin albino BN babies .
Carol
 

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Carol. I'll have to go to the LFS and get a weight so I can try it this weekend... I have little 10 oto's and I can't wait to see what they do... thanks!!!
 

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Re: It's true: plecos love their cucumber!

Let us know how they like it
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Ok lead aquatic plant wieghts. Lead is a wonderful substance. You can swallow lead balls and they will go straight through you withoug doing damage. Lead is only poisonous as a compound ie lead oxide, lead sulphide. Lastly lead metal is totally unreactive in water and won't poison the water. This is proved by the fact that they already use them to weight the plants, which to me suggests that they are safe. Oh and I suggest poking the lead through the flesh, this makes it harder for the vegatation to detach itself from the wieght. Sorry about the rant but science is my passion.
 

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Actually the plant weights are specified as "aquarium safe lead" don't know what makes it aquarium safe. I do use them in my aquarium but prefer food clips.
On another subject- duck hunters can no longer use lead shot to hunt ducks because if wounded the ducks can get lead poisioning and die. The lead may go in the water, fish swallow them and make them unsuitable for consumption. They have to use steel shot now. SOOOO my point being it must be a different kind of lead- what makes it different ?
Yeah sorry I'm rambling this morning
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Re: It's true: plecos love their cucumber!

So, does anybody else have pictures of their plecos eating nice stuff? I love these pictures.
 

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How about BroccolI ?

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How about canteloupe ?
 
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Re: It's true: plecos love their cucumber!

That looks soooo cool. I love those pictures! I hope we get loads more!

I just really love that you get the feeling you've really given your fish a treat with something less artificial than pellets or wafers (which they also gulf down, but hey). It's so rewarding to see that they blatantly love the stuff.

Tried garlic yesterday but it only made my water stink, and only the mollies were (occasionally) pecking at it.
 

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Re: It's true: plecos love their cucumber!

sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get them to realize something new is food
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Re: It's true: plecos love their cucumber!

Oh absolutely. They weren't crazy about cucumber first time round either. The only thing is garlic really makes my water stink. Today, am trying aubergines! Just went to buy them.
 

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aubergines ? Explain please
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Re: It's true: plecos love their cucumber!

ha ha. Forgot. You're American, not a Brit. Aubergine = zucchini. At least I think that's what you call them.

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Although I have a terrible memory when it comes to veggie names, and I keep confusing aubergines with courgettes. Is there such a thing as a courgette in American English? And is it different to Zucchini?
 

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I love those orange long finned plecos theyre beautiful
 

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Courgettes is what I hear for zuchinnI from my UK friends.
Lolagurl - thanks those are albino long fin bristlenose. Those are some of my fry grown up
Carol
 

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