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post #1 of 14 Old 05-17-2010, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Bulldog Pleco

I purchased a Bulldog pleco today, I had actually intended to buy a bristle nose but my LFS had none in staock so i purchased the bulldog instead.

my tank has very little to no algae as it is a newly cycled tank with a small stock of fish.
so i figured if i bought the algae wafers that said they were intended for use with pleco's it would be a safe bet but it's been in my tank over twelve hours as i type and has not touched an algae wafer.

it is still only a juvenile and is approx 5cm long

i've also tried frozen pea's and it hasn't touched anything,
how can i get it to eat?

any advice is very much appreciated
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-17-2010, 07:07 PM
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If you just got your pleco today, I wouldn't be too concerned about it. I have found that newly introduced fish tend to not eat for the first day or two. My plecos didn't eat for the first couple of days, since they are such shy fish. Also, my bulldog pleco refises to eat when I am watching. Try it again tomorrow, and don't watch Also, try zucchini. Its cheap at the grocery store. Boil a slice for 30 seconds and drop it in there, that is both of my pleco's favorite food.
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-17-2010, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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thank's for the re assurance, i will try again tomorrow with some cucumber ( i think that's what us brits call your zuccini)
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post #4 of 14 Old 05-17-2010, 07:12 PM
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They also like spinach.

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post #5 of 14 Old 05-17-2010, 08:43 PM
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Just for reference cucumber and zucchini are not the same but pretty close looking;

http://www.differencebetween.net/obj...-and-zucchini/
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-17-2010, 08:50 PM
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also, they mainly eat at night, so try adding it at night.

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post #7 of 14 Old 05-18-2010, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for the zuccini vs cucumber post, would i still be able to feed it cucumber or should it really be zuccini?

also i have tried to avoid feeding it at night as that is when i sleep too: meaning i can't fish it out if it doesn't eat it, which i thought would quickly spoil my aquarium water
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thanks for the zuccini vs cucumber post, would i still be able to feed it cucumber or should it really be zuccini?

also i have tried to avoid feeding it at night as that is when i sleep too: meaning i can't fish it out if it doesn't eat it, which i thought would quickly spoil my aquarium water
Mine won't eat zucchini but go nuts on the cucumber & spinach. As long as you fish it out the next morning it won't gunk up your water.

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post #9 of 14 Old 05-18-2010, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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thanksfor the advice! how do you prepare your cucumber? and how much would you suggest to feed a 4cm-5cm bulldog pleco and hwo often?

based on it's current size, how long will it take to reach it's full size? thanks again guys
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post #10 of 14 Old 05-18-2010, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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oh also, i was under the impression that the bulldog plecos were a shy fish and like to hide during the day, since i put mine in my tank it hasn't moved from the bottom of the gravel except for when my algae flake landed ontop of it :O it's not hidden what so ever but instead just sat in plain view :S
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