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post #21 of 26 Old 10-18-2006, 07:41 PM
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You're not really cooking it. Blanching helps to soften the vegetables, which makes it easier for most fishes. Some fishes will still eat it, blanched or not. Besides, I doubt you see fish eating carots, peas, zuchini (courgette), etc. in the wild either.
Your still cooking it some.

If you want it to sink get something stainless and plop it in, or get a screwcumber.
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You're not really cooking it. Blanching helps to soften the vegetables, which makes it easier for most fishes. Some fishes will still eat it, blanched or not. Besides, I doubt you see fish eating carots, peas, zuchini (courgette), etc. in the wild either.
Your still cooking it some.

If you want it to sink get something stainless and plop it in, or get a screwcumber.
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post #23 of 26 Old 10-27-2006, 08:41 PM
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i had a bulldog pleco about a year ago. he didnt like any vegies at all. he stuck strictly with the pleco discs and bloodworms. i guess he was picky.
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post #24 of 26 Old 10-27-2006, 08:51 PM
I admit I blanch. It really is only for a few seconds. About 60 seconds is all it takes to make the vegs sink. I'm not making soup or anything like that. If cooking food really did remove so many nutrients and vitamins humans would have been extinct a long time ago. Another way to get them to sink is frezzing them. It causes the cell walls to burst and lets trapped air escape.
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post #25 of 26 Old 11-15-2006, 11:42 PM
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There are a lot of foods you can try as others have stated but I am a little concerned that it isn't a food issue. If you had to rescue him from the turtle, he might be stressed, either from an attack or from the water conditions. The little guy may just need some time to acclimate.

One more idea is since he was in with a turtle, give him some sinking turtle food. Maybe he developed a taste for it and if I remeber right, most turtle food is both vegative and a good protein source, shrimp or fish although this is from memory so don't rely on it.
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post #26 of 26 Old 11-19-2006, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Jumbaa is coming along fine. I toss a pleco pellet in there every night for him and the ottos, and it's gone every morrning. He also cleans up any shrimp pellets the corys don't get. He's put on some weight, and seems to be doing well. :)

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