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Sorry guys feels like I'm forever asking questions, which I am.

But!!!! I was in a pet shop today being nosey as I had some spare time and I noticed the owner had pit cucumber in his tanks with his catfish. Is this good practice and would my otocinclus benefit from it.

How long could I leave it in the tank?
 

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I put slices of fresh cucumber, zucchini or yallow squash in my angel tank. My angels, gouramis, plecos, shrimps and snails devour them! Its gone in about 2 days now. Uses to take 3 days of lazy grazing. But now its gone by the afternoon of the 2 day.

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Haven't tried cucumber but I've done that occasionally with zucchini and spinach. As stated, blanch and let cool before adding.

You can buy the sinking clips at most pet stores. I find that the zucchini will just float at the top without it.
 

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Sorry guys feels like I'm forever asking questions, which I am.

But!!!! I was in a pet shop today being nosey as I had some spare time and I noticed the owner had pit cucumber in his tanks with his catfish. Is this good practice and would my otocinclus benefit from it.

How long could I leave it in the tank?
I put Zucchini in my tank at lights out to combat any unwanted snail population. It is usually gone by the next morning unless there are pond snails working on it. If it has snails on it the zucchini is disposed of in the garbage, not the recycled material. The obvious conclusion is that the fish like the veggies. Occasionally I watch the fish working on it. It is funny watching a 1/2" long fry trying to tear a chunk out or the slice.
 
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I don't think you HAVE to blanch them. I haven't been blanching them at all and I would imagine blanching cucumbers and the like would make them super soggy.
 

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all questions are good questions

Please don't stop asking questions! Even "stupid" questions can lead to valuable knowledge .I am an english proffesor and I always tell my students that if you have a question about somthing, others probaly do too, they are just afraid to ask. Don't be afraid to ask. Others are learning from your questions too! That's what forums like this are for.
 

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Please don't stop asking questions! Even "stupid" questions can lead to valuable knowledge .I am an english proffesor and I always tell my students that if you have a question about somthing, others probaly do too, they are just afraid to ask. Don't be afraid to ask. Others are learning from your questions too! That's what forums like this are for.
Two things I've learnt in life.
1) take responsibility for your mistakes, this allows you to see where you went wrong and learn not to make the same mistake to often.

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2) always ask if you don't know and if you think the answer isn't right ask someone else or read about it.

Oh and I should of said

3) don't be afraid to be wrong we can't be right all the time.
 

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Looks like you're on the right track!!

I've never blanched cucumber either, and have had no problems. I also feed my livebearers fresh shelled peas, though depending on the fish, blanching will make them softer, and so easier for some species to eat. One thing to beware of, if you don't get organic veggies or grow them yourself, it's a good idea to take the skins off (or scrub them very well). Not everyone does this, so it may just be me worrying, but cukes are often treated with a waxy substance to keep them 'fresh' that I don't like to put into my tanks :)
 

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i don't blanch….but i am going to try and suspend it somehow,
as my tank is deep,and i am unable to reach the bottom.
 
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I have blanched both cucumber and zucchini and gave them to my fish. It doesn't make a mess ad long as you dont leave it in the tank longer then I mentioned before. After that it starts to fall apart. LoL

You don't really have to blanch them as mentioned before but it does make it easier for the fish to eat.
 

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I have blanched both cucumber and zucchini and gave them to my fish. It doesn't make a mess ad long as you dont leave it in the tank longer then I mentioned before. After that it starts to fall apart. LoL

You don't really have to blanch them as mentioned before but it does make it easier for the fish to eat.
I feed my fish zucchini but the first few times i did blanch it and it became a mess in a few hrs. I dont blanch it anymore and its gone wihin a day and never messy. I take fresh spears and put it in a veggie clip on th side of my aquariums and 80% of my fish LOVE it.
 

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I put some cucumber in my tank, pealed the skin off just in case. 24 hours later it was still untouched so I went to take it out and it just disintegrated. Filter clean needed lol
 

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The skin doesn't need to be removed. My shrimps and MTSs actually eat the skin. If your fish have never had fresh veggies, it may take them a while to realize that it is actually food. I found it most helpful to not feed them when I give them fresh veggies. That and it cuts down on the waste since the veggies are available to them for about 2 days in my tank.
 
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