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Greetings,
I have rescued my Bulldog pleco from the turtle tank. He's not been getting enough to eat and I am going to try to fatten him up a bit. Right now, he is in my 20 gallon holding tank with 12 pygmy cories (1/2 inch long and cute as a button) 7 Otos (about and inch each), some Java Fern and Moss, and a couple of swords. He's only about an inch and a half himself.

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In addition to Hikari tablets (which I will toss in there presently) I have a slice of zucchini clipped to the tank. However, the otos seem to be ignoring it, and the pleco (yclept Jumbaa) is ignoring it as well. Should this be blanched first?

What other veggies should I try out? I have some kale I could give him, and, as my wife goes through an entire cottage garden's worth of produce every day (I exaggerate. A little.) I will be able to get just about any other veggie that would work.

Advice is heartily appreciated. Jumbaa is hanging on your words.
 

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Source from another site..
Bean, Green (Blanched and open the pod slightly), Capsicum, Green, Red, Orange, Yellow, Carrots (Blanched), Cauliflower (Stem), Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant (Aubergine), Lettuce, Peas (Blanched and skinned), Potato, Regular (Blanched or raw), Potato, Sweet (Blanched or raw), Pumpkin (Dirties the water), Spinach, Zucchini (Courgettes)

Hope that helps.:thumbsup:
 

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Thanks, Blue. I think I've seen that list before, but I'm glad you posted it so I could see it and remember it.
 

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Depending how big your bulldog pleco is, it is noted to EAT SMALL FISH. So your cories or otos might become a meal.

What do you try to feed it?

My L18 Gold Nugget is an omnivore, much like your bulldog, and it eats bloodworms, sinking carnivore pellets, shrimp pellets, zuchini (blanched), and frozen peas (skinned).
 

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i would like to try to feed my fish some veggies, but i have a couple of Q's...will my fish eat them? and what is "blanched"? i see this word alot when talking about fresh veggies for fishies...but im not familiar with the process....anyyways...thanks!

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My plecos eat the veggies I give them, which are either zuchini or peas. My clown loaches love zuchini also, but the inside part, the plecos love the skin. The bits and pieces that float around from the zuchini, all the other fishes eat. I drop the frozen peas in over night, which I assume the plecos eat, as well as the loaches. I know my angels will eat them too.

Blanching vegetables basically is just letting it sit in boiling water (or extreme hot water) for a few minutes to soften it up. Some people do it, some do. The people that don't say that you lose some vitamins in the water. I do it for the zuchini (corgette) becuase it sinks a little better when it's blanched.
 

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A good idea if you don't want to blanch it is to put a plant weight through it. That's what I do. :)
 

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I also put a weight on my blanched zuchinis. I use an old spoon which I bend. But even blanched, it will tend to float, but very slowly. So the pieces will stay in the water longer, compared to no being blanched.

Frozen peas just sink, so no worries. I just stick it in warm water to thaw it out.
 

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you put a metal spoon in your fish tank?
 

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Yes, Stainless steel. We have tons of spoons in the house and allot in storage and only 3 people usually eat. And if we have a party, we buy plastic spoons and forks anyways, so 1 missing stainless steel spoon won't really be missed.
 

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you arent concerned about metal being in your tank? i thought that we werent supposed to put anything metal in our tanks cuz it could poison the fish?

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As long as it's not left in for long periods of time it's fine.

If you think about it, lead weights are used to keep plants down.
 

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Yeah, stainless steel is safe. It will not corode, unless your water is very acidic, very close to battery acid. Stainless steel and titanium are common for higher end aquarium heaters, so for sure they would be safe.
 

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I have read that my silver dollars would probably like to eat some romaine lettuce, and zuccini. My question is, how do you keep it from floating around, and how long should you leave it in there without spoiling the water?
 

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blue_gourami45 said:
I have read that my silver dollars would probably like to eat some romaine lettuce, and zuccini. My question is, how do you keep it from floating around, and how long should you leave it in there without spoiling the water?
Blanching will help. If not, weigh it down with a spoon or lead weights. I'd remove the veggies after an hour to prevent pollution of tank water.
 

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wow, after an hour? that means I can only feed them fresh stuff while i;m at home :( and i work an awful lot.l
 

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petsmart has veggie clips too...just look on the aisle with the food on it. thats where my store keeps their clips.
 

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If you can don't cook the veggies, major nutrition drop, they rot quicker, and how many cooked veggies do you think fish get in the wild? :D

It's just not as good for the fish period :!:
 

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You're not really cooking it. Blanching helps to soften the vegetables, which makes it easier for most fishes. Some fishes will still eat it, blanched or not. Besides, I doubt you see fish eating carots, peas, zuchini (courgette), etc. in the wild either.
 
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