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Feeding Cucumbers to livebearers?

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Feeding Cucumbers to livebearers?
Old 08-21-2009, 09:32 PM   #11
 
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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


Pic of the shrimp swarming a cucumber...look closely, one of the shrimp is making off with a seed.
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:52 PM   #12
 
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Are they ghost shrimp? Do they eat the seeds or do you have to try and remove them from the tank? Thanks
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Old 08-23-2009, 08:59 AM   #13
 
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No, they are Blue Pearl shrimp........Neocardinia species.......The one on the top is a semi adlut and starting to show good colors.......The bunch you see near the seed are very young juveniles.........They will all swarm any veggie i put in the tank......They will eat the seeds, which is a battle royal for one shrimp to try to make off with a lone seed...
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:38 PM   #14
 
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what did you use to put the cucumber in the tank?
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:57 PM   #15
 
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It looks to me like it was speared with a fork Redlessi. That is a frequently used technique.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:05 AM   #16
 
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It looks to me like it was speared with a fork Redlessi. That is a frequently used technique.
Yes, that's exactly what we do, use stainless steel forks to weight the veggies down....here's what it looks like on the third day.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:47 AM   #17
 
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I just had to post this related story. I was given some nice big cukes (3 to be exact) last week. I sat them on the counter top to ripen (wary of our mastiff/shepherd who eats everything!). While getting ready to have my son, his daughter and girlfriend over for dinner my boyfriend suggested putting the cukes on the windowsill to ripen. So we did, then went outside to do yardwork. A little while later he went inside to do something and I heard him yell "WHAT DID YOU DO?!? NOT BAILEY'S!!!! NOT BAILEYS!!!" I went inside to see what the commotion was about and saw cucumeber remains EVERYWHERE! Well, not all the remains, apparently she had eaten 2/3's of one and was playing with another. So she was scolded and muzzled her - to date the only thing that gets thru that thick head, LOL. Put the last cuke up on the counter top. Later we took the muzzle off and let her outside.

So my family arrives, we had a nice dinner, dogs hanging out with us, and I pulled two tomatoes from the garden for sons GF which she sat on the patio table. As it got cooler we went inside. I collected things from the patio table and brought them in, except the tomatoes.....I went out to see if I missed anything just in time to see Bailey taking one of the tomatoes from the table. Geesh! Ok, salvaged the tomato with only two little teeth marks, and gave Kara another. We all went to the fish room/family room to sit for a while before they left. I went upstairs to get a drink and....."WHAT DID YOU DO!?!? NOT BAILEYS!!! NOT BAILEYS!!!" the little brat had my LAST cucumber, well 1/3 of it, hanging out of her mouth! Nothing else of it to be found, she'd eaten almsot the entire thing - AGAIN! Turns out the weirdo has a penchant for veggies! Three cucumbers in one day??? She didn't get sick, nothing, it's as if she's been eating them all along. Yesterday evening she even tried to steal my salad when I turned to get the dressing from fridge!
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Old 09-09-2009, 05:11 PM   #18
 
When putting the vegetables in the tank how long should you be able to leave them in there before they start to effect the water chemistry? I only have a few small fish so no matter what they can never eat a very large piece of zuchini.
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:26 AM   #19
 
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I would not leave it there more than 1-2 days. The first time you try it they may ignore it until they figure out its food for them.
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:16 PM   #20
 
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It never seems to last very long but the longest it's taken any of the 'critters' to eat the entire piece is four days. And that was a partiularly large piece in our 90 gal community tank. Be sure to remove the rind after they've finished the fiber of the vegetable itself.
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