feeding an L201 Contradens
I've had my L201 contradens for two months now. I never saw him eat. All the food i leave for him is gone in the morning, but i suspect my other fish of eating it before my pl*co gets it. He tends to be shy, but when i do see him, he looks good and seems very busy doing his round of the tank. But as I said....never saw him eat.
Anyone on this forum who also owns the L201 contradens? (not 'inspector'). Thanks
Well if he looks healthy and the food is gone in themorning I would think he should be eating well. What kind of food do you feed him? I would suggest trying some zucchini or cucumber to try and get him to come out and eat while oyu can watch him as this will be easy to see if he eats. You can also leave it in the tank over night, especially a good fresh, small zucchini and see what is gone in the morning.
Try using a moonlight and sneak at night to see the action.;) Several plecs are naturally nocturnal. You don't expect them to come out but they will if they become accustomed to a new lifestyle different from where it previously lived.
ooohhh all of my plecos love these little sinking brine shrimp pellets i got. otherwise i do the old sinking algae tablets. experiment and find whatever works!
I really hope that I am not wrong here but I have two Queens which are Hypancistrus also.
I very rarely see them at all and only once every six months or a year do I see one of them feeding and then only very, very briefly.
You did not say what you were feeding them but please note that these fish, although omnivores, are principally carnivores.
Now I want one of these L201 Contradens. A carnivosour pleco would be so much easier to keep and feed than the vegetable prefering BN plecos I get locally. I hate having to feed them zucchini and other veggies in a planted tank because it is so hard to clean up the mess and find room for the food to get to the bottom.
To be sure he eats, i leave algae wafers and brine shrimp pellets. Sometimes zucchini, cucumber, spinach and peas. All this food ..erm.. 'disappears' at night.
The pic is from when he didn't have his hide-out yethttp://fishforum.com/userpix/2399_L201_baby_1.jpg
Like all plecos they are "opportunistic scavengers first" and then they each have their primary diet be it vegetable, algae, wood, or meat diet. Like all good catfish they will make a meal of whatever comes along. I always feed my plecs a mixed diet consisting of wafers, New Life Spectrum community pellets (mixed omnivorous diet), live ghost shrimps, live earth worms, "whole" vegetables such as cuke, peas, and squashes. And I've got a few of the L numbers.
What CM said is absolutely correct.
Catfish will eat anything that "smells good to them" (whether it be a live alligator gar which will "fit into their mouths" or a dead and decaying fish).
A pleco's body's is "literally covered with taste buds".
The primary olfactory feature of barbeled catfish is their "whiskers".
In my post I was noting preferences and not "what they would eat".
Please note that in my beef heart recipe many "veggies" are included also.
The expert at the store said that the hypancistrus eats more 'stuff' than actual food. He couldn't really explain what he meant with 'stuff'.
the 201 contradens tends to go for a vegetarian diet, while others like the queen and zebra want a meatier diet.
Guess i'm too worried cos he doesnt finish what i give him within 3 minutes like all the other fishes in my tank. This pl*co is the star of my tank...basically cos he's the funniest to watch.
Thanks for the replies and advice
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