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post #1 of 30 Old 08-10-2009, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding Cucumbers to livebearers?

I was at the LFS the other day and as I peered in a aquarium filled with guppies I noticed some cucumber on the tank floor. Is it okay to feed leafy greens as well as cucumbers to fish?

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(1) 125 Gallon Saltwater FOWLR
(1) 55 Gallon Community
(2) 29 Gallons -Livebearers - Saltwater (Live rock)
(2) 10 Gallons -Dwarf Puffers
(1) 2 Gallon- Baby tank
(3) 1 Gallons- Baby Livebearers
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post #2 of 30 Old 08-10-2009, 04:50 PM
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I know several folks that feed cucumber to their fish, mainly plecos other bottom feeders. Once they realize it is food some of the other fish will eat as well. Get a veggie clip for it.........as not to put anything too foreign in the tank.


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post #3 of 30 Old 08-11-2009, 08:09 AM
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I feed alot of fresh veggies to my fish..............squash, zuchinni, cucumber, peas, carrots are just examples........I blanch mine first before they go into the tank.......My barbs, gouramis, rainbowfish, cories, plecos all eat it and my 2 shrimp tanks devour anything i put in their tank...........The shrimp seem to love summer squash
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post #4 of 30 Old 08-11-2009, 08:25 AM
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Livebearers in particular appreciate(need) vegetable matter to do well in the long term. They like stuff like spirulina flake,Algae,and goldfish flake which contains vegetable matter in addition to occasional animal proteins like blood worms,shrimp, etc. But primary foods should be in my opinion largely algae based foods or vegetable matter. One food I would highly recommend is Dried marine algae that can be bought at many fish stores like petco etc. I use a product called .. Sally's Seaweed Salad that comes in dry formed sheets. You simply cut a small piece and hang it from veggie clip and store the rest in fridge. Livebearers,plecos,and many cichlids enjoy it.

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post #5 of 30 Old 08-11-2009, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Wait... whats a veggie clip?

My Tanks:
(1) 125 Gallon Saltwater FOWLR
(1) 55 Gallon Community
(2) 29 Gallons -Livebearers - Saltwater (Live rock)
(2) 10 Gallons -Dwarf Puffers
(1) 2 Gallon- Baby tank
(3) 1 Gallons- Baby Livebearers
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post #6 of 30 Old 08-11-2009, 08:41 PM
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It is usually sold at your lfs or petco etc... and its made specifically of material that is safe to put into your fish tank. Its used to hold the veggie in place at the bottom of your tank........


leopard danios (danios rock)
green cories
guppies
platies
ghost shrimp
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post #7 of 30 Old 08-12-2009, 10:45 AM
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a piece of veggie on a stainless steel fork will do the same thing for you..........no need to spend money , when you have everything you need in your kitchen drawer
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post #8 of 30 Old 08-12-2009, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Oh thanks that works. Clever idea.

My Tanks:
(1) 125 Gallon Saltwater FOWLR
(1) 55 Gallon Community
(2) 29 Gallons -Livebearers - Saltwater (Live rock)
(2) 10 Gallons -Dwarf Puffers
(1) 2 Gallon- Baby tank
(3) 1 Gallons- Baby Livebearers
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post #9 of 30 Old 08-12-2009, 01:45 PM
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i use a plastic sandwich tie,attached to a stone that has a hole in it.
or the stuff that the plants are weighed down with.
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post #10 of 30 Old 08-13-2009, 01:03 PM
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a piece of veggie on a stainless steel fork will do the same thing for you..........no need to spend money , when you have everything you need in your kitchen drawer
Nice tip. Wish I had known that before I purchased all my veggie clips!

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