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whats the best thing for me to be feeding little dave (my pleco)??

i have bottom feeding fish food but he just looks at that and keepis going. i know they eat a lot of alge but surely they cant just live of that.

is there anything else that i can feed him??
 

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Do you know exactly why type of pleco it is? If you're unsure, post a pic.

Some plecos are herbivores (vegetation) while most are omnivores (vegetation and animal). My L018 Gold Nugget pleco prefers shrimp pellets, hikari carnivore pellets, and bloodworms (if there's any left over) and will also eat algae discs, zuchini, and skinned peas. My L048 Zebra pleco will only eat blood worms, as far as I can see, and will sometimes eat at shrimp pellets and hikari carnivore pellets and other frozen foods. It never really touches the algae discs.
 

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i dont have any pics of him at the moment but i know he's a common pleco if that helps?
 

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Commons will usually eat anything and everything. It will graze on the tank for algae, eat left over food on the substrate, or where ever it may find it. It maybe that the fish is full. If the fish is new, then it may just be a little nervous still. Otherwise, if you see pleco feces that are long and stringy (not white), then it's good.
 

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o right so he prob is eating then but not when im looking?!?!?!

he's not shy he is always coming out and he's not bothered when someone gets close to the tank either.

its good to know he is eating though, i do worry!!!

is there anything else that i can maybe put in there for him?
 

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You can try a piece of zuchini (courgette). Most people blanch it first to soften it up. Then just use an old stainless steel spoon and pierce through the zuchini so that it sinks. Cucumber is similar, but zuchini has more nutrition.
 

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o right. so they eat most things then,
cucumber?
id find that odd putting that int the tank!!!
do they other fish not try and eat it?
 

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but it aint gunna do the other fish no harm will it??
 

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fiona said:
but it aint gunna do the other fish no harm will it??
There's no harm done if you feed them veggies as long as the veggies are not contaminated with chemicals. Wash them thoroughly before using them.:)
 

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He may be eating when you're not looking. For the longest time all my pleco did was hang out under an ornament, upside down; I never saw him eat anything or even swim around much. I'm thinking he was active at night because he is still alive and has grown quite a bit.
 

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fiona said:
but it aint gunna do the other fish no harm will it??
There's no harm done if you feed them veggies as long as the veggies are not contaminated with chemicals. Wash them thoroughly before using them.:)
would i need to cook the veg first so it soft? thats proba real thick question!!!! :oops:
 

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well that easy enough, so what would be the best type of veg...
can it be anything?
 

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fiona said:
well that easy enough, so what would be the best type of veg...
can it be anything?
Yep. Zucchini, lettuce, courgette, spinach, etc.
Paprika is said to enhance the fish's colors. Never tried that. All I tried are food with color enhancers.:crazy:
 

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so it can be any type of veg then really, what are the best colour enhancers?
 

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The only vegetables I feed my fish are zuchini and frozen peas (skinned). The peas are supposed to help clear the fishes intestinal tracts and is specially benificial if the fish are constipated.
 

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so it can be any type of veg then really, what are the best colour enhancers?
I read one fish book saying paprika does enhance the colors of fish. A person from a different site claimed paprikas do enhance the colors of his fish.
I don't know how they prepare paprika for feeding to fish and neither have I seen any sites for instructions of how to prepare it. :dunno:

To be safe, go with green leafy veggies like lettuce and then peas. As no one has mentioned yet how to prepare the paprikas, I wouldn't try them until someone can post proper instructions of how to.
 

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ah, think i'll look into that a bit more, it would be good to know. if i find out i'll defo post to let ya'll know!!!
 
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