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post #1 of 14 Old 11-18-2013, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry guys feels like I'm forever asking questions, which I am.

But!!!! I was in a pet shop today being nosey as I had some spare time and I noticed the owner had pit cucumber in his tanks with his catfish. Is this good practice and would my otocinclus benefit from it.

How long could I leave it in the tank?
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-18-2013, 01:20 PM
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Some fish do like vegetables. You want to blanch them first before putting them in the tank. You dont wannaleave them in the tank longer then 12-24hrs and that might be pushing it.
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-18-2013, 01:54 PM
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I put slices of fresh cucumber, zucchini or yallow squash in my angel tank. My angels, gouramis, plecos, shrimps and snails devour them! Its gone in about 2 days now. Uses to take 3 days of lazy grazing. But now its gone by the afternoon of the 2 day.

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post #4 of 14 Old 11-18-2013, 02:06 PM
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Haven't tried cucumber but I've done that occasionally with zucchini and spinach. As stated, blanch and let cool before adding.

You can buy the sinking clips at most pet stores. I find that the zucchini will just float at the top without it.
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Sorry guys feels like I'm forever asking questions, which I am.

But!!!! I was in a pet shop today being nosey as I had some spare time and I noticed the owner had pit cucumber in his tanks with his catfish. Is this good practice and would my otocinclus benefit from it.

How long could I leave it in the tank?
I put Zucchini in my tank at lights out to combat any unwanted snail population. It is usually gone by the next morning unless there are pond snails working on it. If it has snails on it the zucchini is disposed of in the garbage, not the recycled material. The obvious conclusion is that the fish like the veggies. Occasionally I watch the fish working on it. It is funny watching a 1/2" long fry trying to tear a chunk out or the slice.
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-18-2013, 09:36 PM
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I don't think you HAVE to blanch them. I haven't been blanching them at all and I would imagine blanching cucumbers and the like would make them super soggy.
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Please don't stop asking questions! Even "stupid" questions can lead to valuable knowledge .I am an english proffesor and I always tell my students that if you have a question about somthing, others probaly do too, they are just afraid to ask. Don't be afraid to ask. Others are learning from your questions too! That's what forums like this are for.
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Please don't stop asking questions! Even "stupid" questions can lead to valuable knowledge .I am an english proffesor and I always tell my students that if you have a question about somthing, others probaly do too, they are just afraid to ask. Don't be afraid to ask. Others are learning from your questions too! That's what forums like this are for.
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-19-2013, 03:54 PM
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Looks like you're on the right track!!

I've never blanched cucumber either, and have had no problems. I also feed my livebearers fresh shelled peas, though depending on the fish, blanching will make them softer, and so easier for some species to eat. One thing to beware of, if you don't get organic veggies or grow them yourself, it's a good idea to take the skins off (or scrub them very well). Not everyone does this, so it may just be me worrying, but cukes are often treated with a waxy substance to keep them 'fresh' that I don't like to put into my tanks :)
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-20-2013, 03:33 PM
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i don't blanch….but i am going to try and suspend it somehow,
as my tank is deep,and i am unable to reach the bottom.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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