View Full Version : Veggie variety for BN plecos

03-07-2013, 12:35 AM
My 2 BN plecos LOVE broccoli and really like peas - no interest in zucchini.

How important is it to vary the fresh veggies offered? They get an algae wafer every other day, shelled peas 2-3 times a week and always have broccoli available.

Is it okay to feed only the broccoli & peas as their fresh veggies?

03-07-2013, 12:41 AM
I would think that would be OK

Mine get three different types of veggies based on what looks the most fresh at the store, either zucchini, cucumbers, or watermelon.

As log as they get a good mixture of fresh veggies and algae wafers I would think your plecos will do OK

03-07-2013, 12:56 AM
+ to Cliff. Mine get zucchini daily but they happen to love it and dislike broccoli. go figure. but they do love peas and watermelon.

03-07-2013, 01:25 AM
My one rubber lipped bull dog (now my sons), loves his wafer daily, cuc and zucchini alternated twice a week. If i put a new slice in the day after he has had some, it is ignored. He or she (not sure), like fresh veggies every few days. I guess every pleco has their own taste. lol

03-07-2013, 01:55 AM
Well fish just like humans do better on a varied diet. I try to give all my fish a few different types of food.

03-07-2013, 03:29 AM
I forgot to mention - I made some spinach wafers for my snails to help keep their shells strong and my BNP loves the spinach
I just bought a small can of no salt cooked spinach, squeezed as much water out as possible, and formed them into nickle sized rounds and froze them. Then I simply toss one in the tank weekly, let it sink and by the time anyone finds it, it's thawed and stays on the bottom.

03-07-2013, 07:24 AM
Mine love sprout. Preferably slightly overcooked.

03-07-2013, 07:32 AM
I always believe that the bigger the variety the healthier the fish. So I have tried lots of veg and fruit. So heres now what i know my BN's will eat - potato. Carrot. Butternut squash. Courgette. Cucumber. Pumpkin. Pear. Apple. Watermelon. Galia melon. Cabage.

Dennis Bissett
03-07-2013, 09:05 AM
Agree with Scottie, the more the merrier. If they turn their nose up at it, cross it off the list. Having said that, if they have a firm favourite and refuse everything else, stick with it

03-07-2013, 01:46 PM
Didn't see this mentioned yet, nori (dried seaweed). One of those suction cup clips holds it well or just stick a fork into it. My african cichlids love the stuff, also I put it into the tanks with shrimp and otocinclus. Best to use nori that doesn't have any spices or flavoring added to it. Can be found at most asian grocery stores, fairly cheap, used for sushi (and other things?).

04-18-2013, 04:50 PM
Need advice please. I have a 20 gal tank with one pleco and one redfin shark only. Tried other fish, but the shark is a bully, and the other fish would gradually just disappear. So now he has run of the tank with the pleco. I grow Swiss Chard in my herb garden and both fish love not only the dark green leaves, but stems as well.

I feed flake food & baby shrimp daily and bloodworms a couple times a week, and I vary the veggies some, but they favor the chard.

I need to know how often can I give the veggies and still have healthy nutritionally well balanced fish? I don't give the veggies every day because I want the shark to have flakes, etc. But then I notice they are both trying to get any bits that may have been left on the clip that's on wall of the aquarium.

I feed flakes & shrimp in mornings and give veggies in afternoons on the days I give. Is it okay to feed the fish veggies every day?


04-18-2013, 04:52 PM
P.S. The shark has grown from about an inch to over 5 inches, and the plecos is at least 5 inches in length.

04-18-2013, 05:23 PM
Hi and welcome

You can feed veggies daily. no problem. just make sure the shark gets some protein.

Can't help but mention that those are pretty big fish for that small tank. You might want to do some googling and search for profiles for both fish. The 1 inch per gallon rule (which is actually pretty useless) can loosely apply with fish that don't get much over 2 inches. But with fish that large, it's not applicable at all. If your pleco is a common, he's just getting started and could get over 16 inches - same could be said for some other variety of plecos.
As for the shark - he could get up to 6 inches. A tank size of 30 gallons MINIMUM is recommended for him. The two together should actually be in a larger tank than 30 gallons.
In any event, they may look fine now but if at all possible you should try to get them some more room. The small tank might be part of the reason you can't keep other fish with the shark. He's frustrated because he doesn't have much swimming room.
Know you love your fish so I hope you can work something out.
Good luck!

04-18-2013, 06:51 PM
It also depends on what the "pleco" is. Bristlenose are largely vegetarian, "common" are not.