It's true, plecos love their cucumbers! - Page 6

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armadillo

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Barbrella, that is one of the greatest cucumber shots off our whole collection!
Barbrella said:
I love this thread.

"No cuke is too big for ME!"
How time flies! Glad you're still with us!
Trpimp147 said:
hahaha good job this is one of the first post I posted on here I think and were I first met you talking about my plecos being so big.
 

Barbrella

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Thank you. It was a very lucky shot.

My other ancistrus thinks maybe a cuke tastes better if you eat it upside down.
 

COBettaCouple

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That's a great shot too!
Barbrella said:
Thank you. It was a very lucky shot.

My other ancistrus thinks maybe a cuke tastes better if you eat it upside down.
 

Trpimp147

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woohoo yea I can't get any pics of my plecos eating they are always hiding. I haven't fed any of my fish cucumber in for ever I don't get to the store much.
 
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armadillo

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Here's some more pix of fish eating veggies:

Dwarf loach on zucchini
Oto (zebra) on carrot
Oto (zebra) on cucumber
Dwarf loach on carrot
Dwarf loach on carrot

And a couple more...

Dwarf loach and oto on courgette (zucchini)
Oto on courgette (zucchini)
Zebra oto on carrot
Pleco and oto on courgette (zucchini)
 

COBettaCouple

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I love the pics of those Dwarf Loaches!
 

dtaylor85

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Has anyone tried giving cucumbers to clowns???

Loached I mean... not the circus variety.
 

Morph

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my pleco's love cucumber's but you have to make sure you get all the seeds out of the tank. messy stuff cucumbers are.
 

Butterfly

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dtaylor85 said:
Loached I mean... not the circus variety.
My Clowns used to harass the Rhino Plec when he was eating zucchinI but they would absolutely hog a piece of melon
Carol
 

Drea

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Morph said:
my pleco's love cucumber's but you have to make sure you get all the seeds out of the tank. messy stuff cucumbers are.
I get the seeds out before it goes in. We don't eat cukes ourselves, so when we go out the restaurants will always give me lots of nicely sliced...which goes in the freezer, till gone.
 

Barbrella

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Armadillo, I see your otos eat carrots? Does anyone have plecos who eat them? Mine won't.

Here's my little albino taking a "cuke break". It didn't last long and he was soon eating again.
 

Blub

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Hi!

I always cook mine in the microwave for 30 seconds beforehand. It makes them softer for my fishies! I'm still training Crispy my BN that cuccumber is food. Lol...

 
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armadillo

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Barbrella. Your pix are so funny! It's more like taking a cute break!

They've taken to it straight away. I tried it and was lucky, I guess. Took them way longer to work out the cucumber.

Do you cut your carrots lenghtways, so that they have access to the 'flesh' side? Maybe the tough skin puts them off?
Barbrella said:
Armadillo, I see your otos eat carrots? Does anyone have plecos who eat them? Mine won't.

Here's my little albino taking a "cuke break". It didn't last long and he was soon eating again.
 

Narcicius

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ZuchinnI all the way, its basically chocolate for a pleco, or some other form of delicious candy.
 

dtaylor85

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Okay, so this is really cool! I tried the cucumber for the first time last night, and I didn't expect any results as I have read many people saying their first try was less than successful, but within 2 hours the slice disappeared! I do think I have a slight advantage though: I have a very curious flying fox who will try to eat anything that ends up in the tank, and he tool to the cucumber very quickly (not that he took very large bites). I was enjoying watching him, but I had to go to wash some dishes. I came back 15 minutes later, and found nothing but the plant weight, the outer rI'm of the cucumber, and a yoyo loach gnawing away. I think the plecos got to it too, as they were right there, but I'm not sure. Anyway... Fun stuff! Thank you to the person who decided to start this thread. I will try to get some pictures later on.
 

Barbrella

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Do you cut your carrots lenghtways, so that they have access to the 'flesh' side?
Yes, I did. I also softened them a tiny bit in the microwave. My plecos did go to the carrots, but left - I presume in disgust. Maybe I'll try again.

I like to stuff peas and algae wafers in the zucchinI to give them more nutrition. I have to do that at lights out, or my incredibly greedy barbs take everything.

It's more like taking a cute break!
Yes! I love my little yellow pleco!
 

Blub

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Hi!

I also feed peas to all my fish. I heard it's supposed to help prevent Constipation and Swim-bladder!


 

finmama

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Very cool pics! I feed peas to my Mollies but my pleco doesn't seem interested in them....I will have to try cucumber!!
 

dtaylor85

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So now that many of the fish in my tank seem to really like the cucumbers, how much is too much??? Should the cucumbers be a part of my daily feeding routine, or should I be saving it as a kind of a treat???
 
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armadillo

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HI David

As a rule, non-processed is better than processed, so if anything, it's processed food that should be a treat only. Of course, you have to take food groups into account. For vegetarian fish, I just stick a whole slice of cucumber overnight and there's only the rind left in the morning. For carnivorous fish, I use thawed bloodworms or bug's larvae. For omnivorous fish, I always leave a slice of cucumber + some processed flakes.
 

AggieYen

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Oh my goodness, Laure Anne, I adore your zebra otos. I didn't even know otos came in different varieties. It's hard enough finding otos here in Australia, much less zebra ones. They are SO cute!!!
 

Butterfly

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dtaylor85 said:
So now that many of the fish in my tank seem to really like the cucumbers, how much is too much??? Should the cucumbers be a part of my daily feeding routine, or should I be saving it as a kind of a treat???
Plecs that are of the vegetarian variety(algae eaters) their diet needs to be 90/10 vegetable matter/protein. Unless you are trying to breed them then its 80/20.
Carol
 

plecomaniac

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Man I haven't seen my 2" pleco eat a thing, ecept for something on my live plants, when will he eat the cucumber? Is he too small?
 

Butterfly

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No he's not too small. Plecs start eating fresh vegetables when their 1/4 inch long. Did you put it in after you turned the lights off as suggested? It may take a little while for him to learn that its food but don't leave the same piece of veg. in there over 24 hrs.
Carol
 

plecomaniac

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Oh ok ill try that, since I ran out of cucumber, do'ya think he will eat lettuce? THanks For the Help
 

Butterfly

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plecomaniac said:
Oh ok ill try that, since I ran out of cucumber, do'ya think he will eat lettuce? THanks For the Help
He might never can tell. Remember to rinse it off
Carol
 

Sabi

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Maybe I missed it,but what type of pleco is he?
 

lalynya

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So I tried this one and at first no interest but then the next day my common pleco who NEVER comes out when there is light on looked like he was gopin crazy looking for something..I was a little suspicious so befor I went to bed I put som cucumber in the tank I woke up and there was only a small rI'm left....
 
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armadillo

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Oh, how coooool! I am really glad for you. It's great when they finally take interest, isn't it? Sounds like he certainly has had a FEAST on that cucumber.
 

lalynya

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Yeah sadly this weekend I took him to the LFS...tank was overcrowded and I already had another pleco in there so before he got even bigger I took him in..and I almost embaressed myself by crying in the store while doing it..It's all for the good of the fish
 

COBettaCouple

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It was a hard thing to do, but you've given him the chance for a big tank to live in and it was the best thing you could do for him.
 

lalynya

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Yeah I know plus the LFS that he is at will take great care of him I am sure...so anyway back to cucumbers..I've been using them to try and get rid of teh mystery snail in my hospital tank but It doesn't matter how many I get rid of they keep coming back...and why they are all over the hospital tank and not my regular..no idea
 

Sabi

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lalynya said:
Yeah I know plus the LFS that he is at will take great care of him I am sure...so anyway back to cucumbers..I've been using them to try and get rid of teh mystery snail in my hospital tank but It doesn't matter how many I get rid of they keep coming back...and why they are all over the hospital tank and not my regular..no idea
Snails! > they are taking over my main tank! You could try with lettuce, but there's always more in the tank, to my experience.
 
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