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post #1 of 5 Old 06-08-2011, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question Plecos - How long can zucchini stay in a tank?

How long is it safe to leave a small piece of zucchini in a tank when feeding plecostomus? Does it have to be replaced every day? Every 3 days? I just acquired some really nice long fin bristlenose plecos and have no idea regarding the "tank time limit" for leaving fresh veggies in the tank.
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-08-2011, 10:56 PM
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I would take it out after 24 hours. Mine are usually all eaten within a couple hours but I have some large piggies that devour it. lol

I usually feed zucchini a couple times a week.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-08-2011, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the quick response!
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-08-2011, 11:08 PM
I usually leave it in for 24 hours.. and give him a slice every other day.. Seems to be a happy pleco

I also give him cucumber sometimes just to change it up for him. Might try some of that yellow summer squash too, but I haven't tried any yet.

Ive heard of others giving their pleco mango or melon.. but I dunno.. seems to me that something with natural sugars like that would foul the water quickly... but keep in mind I have no scientific reason to think that.. just a feeling.

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-12-2011, 09:02 AM
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I've done zucchini, cucumber, yellow squash, and large leaf lettuce.. Plecos, snails, corys, even my flying fox loves it!
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