feeding the pleco
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Freshwater and Tropical Fish » Catfish » feeding the pleco

feeding the pleco

This is a discussion on feeding the pleco within the Catfish forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> So I got a baby bristlenose pleco a few days ago and now I'm getting worried about feeding it. It's very shy (which seems ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
False Adolfo Cory
False Adolfo Cory
Pepper Cory
Pepper Cory
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By GwenInNM

Reply
Old 12-15-2012, 10:39 PM   #1
 
dorabaker's Avatar
 
Question feeding the pleco

So I got a baby bristlenose pleco a few days ago and now I'm getting worried about feeding it. It's very shy (which seems to be normal for plecos) and won't come out while I'm watching, although I HAVE caught it sitting at the front of the tank when I've been away for a while It goes and hides as soon as it senses my presence though.
Anyway, I've seen it eating algae and I thought I'd try feeding it some cucumber. I put the cucumber on a stick and placed it near where the pleco was, but I've left it there overnight and Pleco still hasn't found it. I'm probably getting prematurely anxious, but I don't want the poor little fish to starve. Should I get some algae wafers? I meant to get some when I was at the LFS but totally forgot!
dorabaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 05:04 AM   #2
 
Shewbert's Avatar
 
He will be ok through time, there is plenty of food he will find around the tank.
If he is new to the tank, he will be getting used to the enviornment, fish already in there etc.
Give him time to settle.
My Pleco's are only given cucumber maybe once every week, feed him too much and he will not clean up all of the uneaten food and algae from the tank.
He will get used to the great big person on the other side of the glass and show himself a bit more.
Hope this helps
Ray
Shewbert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 08:33 AM   #3
 
GwenInNM's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dorabaker View Post
So I got a baby bristlenose pleco a few days ago and now I'm getting worried about feeding it. It's very shy (which seems to be normal for plecos) and won't come out while I'm watching, although I HAVE caught it sitting at the front of the tank when I've been away for a while It goes and hides as soon as it senses my presence though.
Anyway, I've seen it eating algae and I thought I'd try feeding it some cucumber. I put the cucumber on a stick and placed it near where the pleco was, but I've left it there overnight and Pleco still hasn't found it. I'm probably getting prematurely anxious, but I don't want the poor little fish to starve. Should I get some algae wafers? I meant to get some when I was at the LFS but totally forgot!
I totally agree with the other post, but as an FYI, when he does settle, here's what mine loves. Mine loves cucumber, but even more loves romaine lettuce. Get a clip that you can attach a piece of lettuce to the glass, and they go crazy for it!

Gwen
charlie1881 likes this.
GwenInNM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 03:36 PM   #4
 
willow's Avatar
 
hi
have you got any wood in there ? he'll need it for digestive system.
(sorry if you have this already)
mine liked catfish pellets,along with anything else that floated to the bottom,
one of mine stayed shy from the moment he was bought to the day he left home.
he'll find stuff don't worry.
willow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 04:31 PM   #5
 
dorabaker's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by willow View Post
hi
have you got any wood in there ? he'll need it for digestive system.
(sorry if you have this already)
mine liked catfish pellets,along with anything else that floated to the bottom,
one of mine stayed shy from the moment he was bought to the day he left home.
he'll find stuff don't worry.
Thanks for the reassurance :) I do have two pieces of wood in there, but they were both collected by me (many years ago, so they are starting to disintegrate now if you poke them) and I'm a little concerned that they might be dangerous. I've been discussing this on another thread. I've used them in tanks for ages without the fish seeming to suffer any ill effects but a fish actually eating it is a different matter! what do you think? I boiled them thoroughly when I first got them and have done so each time I've moved them to a new tank.
dorabaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 03:13 AM   #6
 
willow's Avatar
 
hmm well because they are disintegrating i question what type of wood they are ?
me personally...i'd buy a bit from the aquatic shop,that's all i've ever used.
so he can happily munch and hide at the same time
willow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 03:54 AM   #7
 
Tikibirds's Avatar
 
Bristlenose Pleco Diet

Omnivorous, but mainly vegetarian. Prepared sinking foods (algae, spirulina, kelp-type wafers, disks, tablets), fresh vegetables (cucumber, zucchini, blanched spinach), frozen bloodworms and daphnia, live worms.

Read more: Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.) Profile

Do they need wood? I though that was only certain plecos that needed it in their diet - like clowns?
Tikibirds is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 04:34 PM   #8
 
dorabaker's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by willow View Post
hmm well because they are disintegrating i question what type of wood they are ?
me personally...i'd buy a bit from the aquatic shop,that's all i've ever used.
so he can happily munch and hide at the same time
it's not 'bogwood', just ordinary....wood. I think one of the pieces is from a tree root or something. They were just nice looking pieces of wood which I found on my country property many years ago. Any wood that hasn't been 'preserved' the way bogwood has will disintegrate after being submerged in water for a long time, it just goes soggy.

Unfortunately I can't replace the wood with store-bought bogwood (which by the way is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE) without completely uprooting the whole tank, because all my java fern plants have anchored themselves to it. If I tried to change anything I'd probably have to completely clean the tank out and start over, which I obviously don't want to do!
dorabaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 03:10 AM   #9
 
willow's Avatar
 
i wouldn't want to do that either,
perhaps just hide a small bit then,as it is very expensive,unless you're lucky
enough to find some on craigs list perhaps.
willow is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BN Pleco - Veg Feeding Question Reece Freshwater and Tropical Fish 3 12-21-2011 11:18 AM
Feeding Golden Nugget Pleco Laura Jager Catfish 2 09-04-2008 06:40 AM
Feeding Cory's and Pleco Help bigk_54 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 6 06-23-2008 01:14 PM
Feeding Clown Pleco EchoEcho Catfish 12 05-22-2008 11:48 PM
Feeding Pleco mobiznow Catfish 3 04-21-2007 07:23 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:45 PM.