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jmelissa82 04-05-2008 07:06 PM

2 quick hopefully easy questions
 
First I would like to know where I could get a type of moss for my tank, none of my lfs are carrying any??? And second I keep hearing people talk about feeding their fish, mainly plecos vegetables like zucchini and cucumbers...how do i go about this? I'm sure I don't just throw it in,lol.....

cajunmomof4 04-05-2008 07:20 PM

not sure about the veggies, but try ebay fro the moss. There is a seller by the name of aquamagic that has lots of items at free shipping.

Flashygrrl 04-05-2008 07:25 PM

Well, they sell clips for that kind of stuff but you probably COULD just throw it in where they hang out at.

jmelissa82 04-05-2008 08:49 PM

o well do i cook it, skin it???just toss it in and yell good luck,lol. and I will def look on ebay, didn't think about it till now, thanks. have any of u guys shipped stuff like that before, does it make it ok?

okiemavis 04-05-2008 09:06 PM

I usually wrap my veggies in a damp paper towel and zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds, some people say this takes away nutrients and isn't necessary but I like it because it makes it softer for my less teethy fish to munch on. I wrap a non-toxic plant weight around it and toss it into the tank (usually at night). I take it out any remains the next morning before it has a change to get all nasty.

jeaninel 04-05-2008 10:44 PM

I put a slice of zucchini (I just leave the skin on) in a cup of water and heat it in the microwave for about 1 minute. I use a veggie clip on a suction cup because otherwise it tends to want to float.

jmelissa82 04-06-2008 12:05 AM

Thanks I will try this. Other than my pleco, will any of my other fish eat this? I also have a kuhli loach, cherry barbs, rosabarbs, neon tetras, danios, andaustralain rainbows??????

jeaninel 04-06-2008 12:58 AM

My boesemani rainbows love veggies so yours probably will too. The barbs might try a taste also.

Dave66 04-06-2008 01:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jmelissa82
o well do i cook it, skin it???just toss it in and yell good luck,lol. and I will def look on ebay, didn't think about it till now, thanks. have any of u guys shipped stuff like that before, does it make it ok?

Melissa,
You blanch the hard veggies. If you don't know, blanching is putting the veggies into boiling water for about a minute or until 'al dente'. You just want to soften them a bit; don't make them mushy.
My plants come from a couple online sources. PM me if you'd like to know where.

Dave

herefishy 04-06-2008 08:29 AM

I use the clips that the lfs sells for feeding SW fish sheets of algae. I wash all veggies very well to remove any residuals. I feed as many foods as I can raw. This includes Zucchini, some lettuces, apples, pears,...... Others I blanch, pour hot water over them or quick dip them. These foods include spinach, some types of lettuce and other leafy vegetables. Be careful not to over cook. Some foods become slimy and very hard to handle and feed. And the removal from the tank of overcooked, uneaten spinach is not easy unless you use a siphon.


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