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phyl0x
10-01-2013, 03:20 AM
Bought a an inch long rubberlip pleco from LFS. There's no algae in my 55 gallon so I've been attempting to feed it algae wafers and it just does not eat it or go near it. Two different types of algae wafers too. . Its stomach is starting to look more and more sucked in. I'm not sure at this point what else to try. I've tried blanched cucumbers already and he doesn't even go near it. There's no driftwood in my tank yet, trying to get it to still soak in in the other tank I have it stored in.

SueD
10-01-2013, 04:18 AM
Just keep trying with the wafers, cukes and also try zucchini. It sometimes takes them a little while to recognize these as good stuff. Leave them in for at least 24 hrs - just watch that they don't start to rot or fungus.

I feed my bushynose veggies raw, I don't blanch them. Just stick a fork in them and they will sink. he should come around soon. How long have you had him?

fishmommie
10-01-2013, 04:56 AM
+ to SueD. Keep trying. My bnp won't eat cucs but loves raw zucchini. you might also try some sinking shrimp pellets.

Does he have a place to hide? if not, make him a cave of rocks so he'll feel more comfortable They like their privacy = especially until they get used to their new digs. He may then come out at night to eat.

Is he pooping? If so, he's eating :) Good luck.

Oh - and stick the driftwood in the tank and weight it down with something solid until it's saturated enough to stay down.

phyl0x
10-01-2013, 10:19 PM
Regarding the algae wafers, well I've got so many other fish that if he doesn't get to it, they will. Is there anything I can do to make sure he has enough time to figure it out and get to it?

I've had him for about a week and half so far. He does have a place to hide and I've seen him come out more and more often, I believe because he's looking for food. I don't think he's as scared as he was when he was first introduced to the tank as I always see him out from time to time. I'm not even sure if he poops since my gravel is well, gravel and hard to make that out.

fishmommie
10-01-2013, 10:24 PM
feed the wafers after you turn the lights out at night. He will find them and the other fish, who are not bottom feeders, will not make as much of an effort to get to them.

Sometimes, if they hang on the side of the tank, you can see them in poo action :o)
Remember, he's nocturnal. He's probably hanging on the side of the tank at night and cleaning off biofilm which will provide some small source of food for him. he will also hunt for food on the bottom that may be left over.

If you've seen that he's moved around a bit I'd say he's probably doing okay and just getting more comfortable with his new home. I'd still get the driftwood in there whether it's ready to sink or not. As I said, weight it down with something :o0.

phyl0x
10-05-2013, 06:42 PM
feed the wafers after you turn the lights out at night. He will find them and the other fish, who are not bottom feeders, will not make as much of an effort to get to them.

Sometimes, if they hang on the side of the tank, you can see them in poo action :o)
Remember, he's nocturnal. He's probably hanging on the side of the tank at night and cleaning off biofilm which will provide some small source of food for him. he will also hunt for food on the bottom that may be left over.

If you've seen that he's moved around a bit I'd say he's probably doing okay and just getting more comfortable with his new home. I'd still get the driftwood in there whether it's ready to sink or not. As I said, weight it down with something :o0.

Got my malaysian driftwood a few days ago, got it set yesterday after cleaning it up. I see some white stuff on it, not sure what it is. Haven't caught the pleco on it yet however. I saw him going all corners of the glass this morning looking for algae I guess, but did not get on the driftwood at all. I'm guessing it takes 2-3 days for him to realize what it is.

Strider199
10-05-2013, 06:54 PM
Dont sweat the white fuzzy stuff on your driftwood. It will grow for a bit and than faze out. Pleco's like driftwood and some require it to survive, thats why fishmommie was pushing you to get it in there.
It was mentioned twice before in this thread but I haven't read where you tried a slice of zucchini. My bulldog rubber-lipped pleco loves zucchini. He will guard it from all comers.
Keep on trying different things and get them in there near lights out as was said earlier. Your pleco will find it's food at night. Just make sure not to leave stuff in there too long as SueD mentioned because it can foul your water.

talldutchie
10-05-2013, 07:52 PM
Chaetostoma are often kept too warm and in water with not enough oxygen, could this be the case?

If it's still showing feeding issues try the painted rock trick:

Get some egg white and some washed pebbles.
Crush an algae wafer or two to powder and add a good pinch of flake (about 80% wafer)

Brush the egg white on the pebbles, sprinkle the powder over it and shake off the excess. Dry in a very cool oven (say 65, 70 degrees C) for about 90 minutes. Store in an airtight container.