It's true, plecos love their cucumbers! - Page 3

Bonochick

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I also put a video up on YouTube:
 

sick-lid boy

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I wouldn't know. My Oscar gobbles down cucumbers before my pleco even knows they're in there. :-\ What did you do? Wedge the cuc under a rock or something? I'll have to try that. On the plus side, I found a new cheap food that my Oscar simply LOVES!!!
 

Bonochick

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I just boiled mine for a few minutes, and they sunk to the bottom.
 

sick-lid boy

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I'll try it! I figured they would get water-logged pretty fast and sink by themselves... but the Oscar discovered them WAY before that ever happened. I tried to tell him that gluttony was one of the seven deadly sins, but he was too busy eating to listen to me.
 

Bonochick

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sick-lid boy said:
I tried to tell him that gluttony was one of the seven deadly sins, but he was too busy eating to listen to me.
 

Bonochick

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I bought some veggie clips over the weekend. Kramer loves having the cucumber just stay in one place. ;D


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Trpimp147

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I have not witnessed my plecos eating my cucummbers but do they get destroyed!!! the one day I for got to take it out over night and just the skin was left over hahah and it was a big peice.
 

Jimold

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Trpimp147, the best time to give them cucumbers at first is at night. Let them tear into it over night and take out the remains in the morning. But at the advice of butterfly, I cut a slice into the peal so my pleco doesn't eat a hole in the middle of the cucumber slice and get stuck in it. Sounds a bit far fetched, but my pleco is nuts, so if it can be done, he's do it. Scroll up, someone on this thread is a picture of a slice about 10 minutes after I dropped it into the tank. You'll see what I mean.
Anyway, after a couple weeks and a few slices, 5 or 6 I think, I started dropping them into the tank in the evening when the light was still on and he was on it in less than a minute. He's just as fast with an algae wafer. I'm very impressed with the pleco sense of smell!
 

Sabi

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i'm chuffed! here count .lep first chap to o for the cucumber!

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Bonochick

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Cute pic! It's fun to see them enjoy a treat so much.
 
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armadillo

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Great pix!!! Keep'em coming! I really love seeing fish eat 'human' food for some reason.
 

Bill

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So cool! Going to have to try this Nice longfins Butterfly, they are really beautiful! I've just got a baby regular BN, and I'm not even sure what sex it is yet ??? Any way to tell when they're young, or do they only develop bristles later?
 

Butterfly

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Bill said:
and I'm not even sure what sex it is yet ??? Any way to tell when they're young, or do they only develop bristles later?
The males will grow bristles at about 2 to 2-1/2 inches, and will have bristles all over his face. Most females don't have any at all but the few who do just have them around the lip area.
Carol
 

Bill

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Thanks! Mine is just under 2", so maybe there are bristles to come yet ^^ Very fast at eating algae, it's amazing!

Check out this amazing BN on planetcatfish!

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Butterfly

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Bill said:
Thanks! Mine is just under 2", so maybe there are bristles to come yet ^^ Very fast at eating algae, it's amazing!

Check out this amazing BN on planetcatfish!

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Wonder why I can't see the pic? but when I quote the link shows up. The Ancistrus sp3 are what my long fins are.
Carol
 

Bill

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Oops :-[


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Butterfly

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Heres the link planetcatfish protects their pics. You can link but not show their pic.
Carol
 

Bill

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OK The pic I was talking about was the albino male veiltail. He's awesome.
 

Butterfly

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Bill check the white tip plec thread for some more pics BN and let me feed your long fin albino hunger
 

Bill

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I wish my lfs sold them.. they're gorgeous.
 

Butterfly

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Those are my babies that I raised from eggs
Carol
 

Butterfly

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No can't buy them anywhere that I know of. I had the parents and they spawned. The female lays the eggs and the male takes care of the eggs which is the way it is with most plecs. They hatch in about three days and then go free swimming in about three more days so you see the incubation period would be too short to ship. Also there is a higher survival rate if dad is there to help them hatch
Carol
 

atmmachine816

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I finally got mine eating, picture coming soon.............................
 

Butterfly

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atmmachine said:
I finally got mine eating, picture coming soon.............................
YAY!!!!
 
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armadillo

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I guess otos like their cucumbers too (again)! Look at the state of that poor vegetable after spending the night with my (two!, you'd think it was an army of them) otos.
 

Bill

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I've left some courgette (zucchini) in my tank for a day but my plec hasn't touched it yet. I think the surface area of the tank is so big, and he is so small, he might have a bit of trouble finding it
 
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armadillo

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HI Bill

I'll repeat what I've said to you in my other thread as this is more likely the place other people will look for that information. Here's my advice based on personal experience and conversation with other Fishorians.

- It may take a few attempts before the fish get that it's food. My personal experience is 3 to 4 times I think if I remember well.
- It is important to remove any uneaten vegetables (and any other type of food for that matter) no later than, say 24h after you've put it in. I sometimes leave it longer but I don't advise that you do. The risk with leaving the food for too long is that it will go off, risking an increase in nitrates
- They like it when it's more tender (i.e. not fresh out of the fridge). Mine like it after it's been in the water for 12 hours or so. You could also boil it in very little water, so as to soften it
- Don't forget to rinse it thoroughly before you put it in the tank (insecticides and other such substances)
- For fish that don't find the cucumber, I tend to cut a huuuuuuuge slice (i.e. along the whole length of the cucumber) so that the fish finds it easier.
 

Butterfly

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armadillo said:
HI Bill

I'll repeat what I've said to you in my other thread as this is more likely the place other people will look for that information. Here's my advice based on personal experience and conversation with other Fishorians.

- It may take a few attempts before the fish get that it's food. My personal experience is 3 to 4 times I think if I remember well.
- It is important to remove any uneaten vegetables (and any other type of food for that matter) no later than, say 24h after you've put it in. I sometimes leave it longer but I don't advise that you do. The risk with leaving the food for too long is that it will go off, risking an increase in nitrates
- They like it when it's more tender (i.e. not fresh out of the fridge). Mine like it after it's been in the water for 12 hours or so. You could also boil it in very little water, so as to soften it
- Don't forget to rinse it thoroughly before you put it in the tank (insecticides and other such substances)
- For fish that don't find the cucumber, I tend to cut a huuuuuuuge slice (i.e. along the whole length of the cucumber) so that the fish finds it easier.
yep the same for zucchinI I tend to buy my vegies very small so there are less seeds also.
Carol
 
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armadillo

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Ooooh, small veggies for less seeds, clever.

I have to agree with an earlier comment about zucchinI seeds being really annoying and floating around everywhere. My mollies seem to love cucumber seeds, though and I don't have the prblem at all with cucumbers.

Another thought: zucchinI and cucumber will float. Some people parboil it to avoid that, but I've found that mine continued floating all the same. I've used plant weights, but I worry that the lead is poisonous, although it claims to be aquarium safe. I've weighed them down with my decorations, but pieces of softened vegetables would stay stuck to the ornament. Conclusion? I now have veggie clips that you stick to the side of the tank and I haven't looked back since!
 

Bonochick

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My barbs and tetras usually play with the seeds until they get sucked up the filter. I took apart my filter last night to clean it and found many seeds!
 
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armadillo

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My filters don't seem to be very good. Each tank has 2 filters (unless they're tiny tanks), and I see particles floating around it, then by pass it... >
 

Trpimp147

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my fish destroy my cucumber and zucchinI when its in there I put a full sized peice like 8 or 10" long and its about 1/4 inch thick, and the rhine is all that is left if I let it in there over night I have 2, 6" plecos and 9 african cichlids. and they still eat food if I feed it to them that morn.
 
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armadillo

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You're lucky. My fish look at zucchinI and go: mmmm, I like that bit, I don't like that bit *fish spits*. I like that bit. Oooooh, yeah. That bit over there. I don't like that. Oh nooo no no no no, I really don't like that *fish spits more*.

Until they've completely EXPLODED the zucchini's pieces that they don't like all over the tank. Rudos!
 

Trpimp147

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well I don't feed my fish much to cut down on waste and feed them so they are always wanting food keeps them healthy I think, also gives me a chance to make sure I don't over feed them. also its easyer just to let in the tank for like 8 or 9 hours and they will just eat there hearts out, I think most of the eating is the plecos they are so large and eat a lot that's why I want algae to grow in my tank so I'm going to try that tank or jar out side thing!!!.
 
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armadillo

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yeah, that jar thing was a great idea!
 

atmmachine816

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Here you go, you asked for them. Now this is my male pleco, not the female.
 

Butterfly

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Shes a beauty!
carol
 
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armadillo

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Those are great pictures, ATM.
 
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armadillo

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Here's our zebra oto in a courgette.
 

Bill

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Haha great pics everyone!

Here is my baby bristlenose (female, I believe) eating some courgette - first time it was ignored, but I plonked this big bit in this morning and she went straight for it

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