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12-07-2012, 02:43 PM
Hi All,

About a month ago I purchased a small bushynose pleco, he's about an 1.5 to 2 inches long. He immediately made short work of any algae that was growing in the tank, but we've also been feeding sinking algae wafers and sinking hikari wafers. The sinking wafers end up disappearing but we have 3 other cory cats and the platys really love a good algae wafer too, so I can't be sure it's the pleco. We've tried putting cucumber slices in the tank, Sweet potato etc, but nothing happens to them. He seems ok but I worry he's not getting enough to eat. We have a piece of driftwood in the tank because I heard that was good for their digestion. Any suggestions on the veggies on how to get him to see them as food or whatever?


12-07-2012, 02:51 PM
With mine, if they are getting enough food from the algae wafers wood and algae in the tank, they tend to leave the veggies alone, or at least take a long time before they will eat them. Sounds like yours is getting plenty to eat. If you look at his belly when he is stuck to the glass, it should have a plump round appearance. If it looks sunken in, he is not getting enough to eat.

12-07-2012, 03:55 PM
I feel like I read, on this forum, that if you can see the V in their belly that they aren't eating enough. I think I was able to post a picture of his belly from a few days ago. It looks a little sunken in to me. :-(

Any ideas on how to get him to eat a little more?


12-07-2012, 04:03 PM
how long are you leaving the veggies in? Both my plecos had to be "trained" that the veggies are food... at first they'd ignore them for a while.

12-07-2012, 04:15 PM
I've been leaving the veggies for 24 hours overnight. The cuke started to disintegrate. Did you have any luck with a "starter veggie" to train your plecos?

12-07-2012, 04:21 PM
cucumber's pretty good... you might try a zuccini - that seems to be favorite.

12-07-2012, 05:50 PM
Hi I'm also new to my BN Pleco but this is what I have seen mine do. I was always trying to drop the shrimp pellets and wafers right where he would run into them until I noticed no matter where they drop if I watch soon the corys cats and BN will swim to them and if the BN wants it he gets it the only one that takes food away from him is my angel if she/he is in a snit and picking on every one that day she makes them work for it but in the end they still get the food. Someone on here posted something that made sense in a way is your BN pooping quite a bit if so he is eating simple but they do kind of go together thumbs2:

12-07-2012, 06:05 PM
Bristlenose don't eat wood, that's panaque and even that's debatable if they actually eat it or if it's a byproduct of their grazing on aufwuchs. Bristlenose also do like to graze on whatever's growing on wood. What they also like is something to shelter in. A cave, half a terracotta flowerpot or a piece of pipe.

Young bristlenose can be weird when it comes to food. Cucumber is often the easiest to start on. Soften it up in boiling water for a minute or two. Stick on the end of a stainless steel fork and place in the tank. Remove after 24 hours.

what helps is to place it in the same spot every day, if possible on an open area near it's favorite hangout. If the fish doesn't show interest then split a clove of garlic and rub it over the veg.

Dennis Bissett
12-07-2012, 11:00 PM
They need to learn the veggies are food, patience and perseverance is the key. I've found it only takes a day or so for my Brisltenose fry to develop a liking for zucchini (slice about 1/2" thick on a fork, raw.) As soon as you see any sign of whatever you put in breaking up (usually 24 hours or so) remove it and put in a fresh bit

12-08-2012, 05:37 AM
I've had the same experience as others. It took a few times before the BN realized the veggies were mmm good. I don't soften them at all, especially cucumbers, as they are a mess to remove if they start to deteriorate. I also found that he took to the cucumbers more easily at first but now will destroy a zucchini slice.

12-11-2012, 05:45 PM
Last night I basically dropped a Hikari Sinking wafer on him, and after scooting out of the way, he went over to it and chomped down! Then, he attached himself to the front glass so I could see his belly! So cooperative. He's looking nice and plump. Guess I'll just need to keep up the food bombing thumbs2:

Thanks for the recommendations on the veggies, I'll keep trying the cuke.

12-11-2012, 06:38 PM
Mine really love to chow down on blanched romaine lettuce, boiled until its good and slimey like, the softer the better.

They used to ignore zucchini but for some reason, its now readily devoured, more so than the lettuce. I feed the zucchini unblanched, sliced into quarters. It usually disappears overnight, skin and all.

I have 2 BNs. They also eat plain old fish food flakes and frozen bloodworms. I feed an occasional algae wafer but those are fed sparingly because all the other fish tend to get to those before the BN do.

12-11-2012, 08:35 PM
If they get their greens via fresh veg that's fine. Protein rich stuff should never be the mainstay of their diet, leads to deficiencies and digestive troubles.

Mine tend to get protein cravings if the air pressure drops suddenly

12-18-2012, 09:15 PM
sorry I didn't see this thread sooner. My BNP love zucchini and watermelon. He also gloms on to spinach. Just presenting it to him and he will eventually find it. If you do know where one of his fav hiding spots is and can position a piece close by, he may find it faster.

Someone here suggested wedging some wafers into a slice of zucchini. He'll come for the wafers and end up eating the veggies.