Plecos and Mollies

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Jrobber

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I have a problem with trying to feed my Bristlenose Pleco. Every time I drop an algae wafer in the tank, I feed the Mollies with flakes. The problem is after the flakes are gone and the wafer sinks to the bottom, the Mollies start eating the algae wafer. As I watched tonight, the pleco ate off the algae wafer for about 2-3 minutes before the Mollies realized it was there and then they scared her off and started munching on it. I've considered dropping another algae wafer in the tank, but I don't want to overfeed and cause problems. Would it be alright to drop another wafer in the tank so the pleco can eat something without overfeeding?

It also causes a problem between the Mollies because the biggest one guards the wafer and nips at the others that come near it.
 

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well, you could skip the mollies' flakes when they get the wafer. You could also try feeding fresh zucchini to the BN - the mollies may share, but there will be plenty to go around.
 

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Yeah the zucchini is on the grocery list, just haven't made it out yet. Would dropping two or three wafers in the tank hurt my water parameters?
 

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plecos are also nocturnal so wait until you have the light out then drop the wafers in.
 

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plecos are also nocturnal so wait until you have the light out then drop the wafers in.
Yes! Great answer! This is what I do with my Pleco. I feed my other fish/frogs, then later on I shut the lights off, after about half an hour and the other fish are ''sleeping'' I drop an algae wafer in.
 
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