What veggies can you feed a pleco?

  1. AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    What kind of vegetables can you feed a Pleco? Also what kind of food is best for them. I have API Shrimp pellets, will those be good for him?


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  2. Goofy Gourami Initiate Member

    Blanched (softened in boiling water, but not overcooked!) cucumbers, leafy vegetables zucchini, and other squashes are good, as are some soft fruits. You should attach them to a rock or something else without metal so they sink. May I ask which of your tanks this pleco is going into?
     

  3. AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    My pleco is going to my 60 gallon tank


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  4. mg13 Well Known Member Member

    I heard cucumbers are good for that sort of thing.
     
  5. AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    Thanks.


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  6. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    My pleco eats EVERYTHING! He likes cucumbers, squash,zucchini, carrots but LOVES pumpkin the most. Usually around Halloween I put one in there and about a week later, he is bright orange!

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  7. AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    Wow that's great! I never knew that you can give plecos pumpkin.


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  8. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    Here's my orange pleco although he looks yellowish he was a bright orange!

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    Yes, ALL of my snails and pleco ended up having a party in the pumpkin for 5 days!
     
  9. AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    That's awesome! The had a little fish party in the pumpkin lol


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  10. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    That's when I realized how many snails I REALLY had! I'll have to see if I can find a picture - the whole pumpkin was COVERED in snails and you could barely tell it was a pumpkin.
     
  11. AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    That must be really fun to watch!


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  12. hampalong Fishlore VIP Member

    What kind of plec is it, because they don't all eat veg.

    ...slices of potato, sweet pepper... to add a couple to the list.

    You can use aquarium 'lead' or stainless steel (a spoon is quite a popular choice) to weigh it down.

    You don't need to blanch veg either. Blanching softens it, but different fish like different veg at different stages of it's breakdown (softening). Some like to rasp away when it's still hard. It makes a difference because veg tastes different at different stages of it's breakdown. I never bkanch anything. I prefer to let the fish decide when to eat it.
     
  13. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    I don't blanch any of my veggies that go in the tank - it lasts longer and usually its all eaten by the 3rd/4th day :)