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MonsiuerPercy1 08-10-2009 04:33 PM

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?

redlessi 08-10-2009 04:50 PM

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.

Fishin Pole 08-11-2009 08:09 AM

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

1077 08-11-2009 08:25 AM

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.

MonsiuerPercy1 08-11-2009 08:35 PM

Wait... whats a veggie clip?

redlessi 08-11-2009 08:41 PM

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........

Fishin Pole 08-12-2009 10:45 AM

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

MonsiuerPercy1 08-12-2009 01:37 PM

Oh thanks that works. Clever idea.

willow 08-12-2009 01:45 PM

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.

aunt kymmie 08-13-2009 01:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fishin Pole (Post 226152)
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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