View Full Version : diet for BNP's

10-28-2010, 06:39 PM
What do they need to be happy? I'm slowly getting into the hobby and still need to learn a lot about how to keep fish.

10-28-2010, 07:13 PM
High quality algae wafers and a nice piece of wood are a good start. You can supplement with some veggies as well.

10-28-2010, 08:09 PM
I do the same as Sun. Wafers, fresh veggies and a nice peice of driftwood.

10-28-2010, 09:40 PM
Where do I find driftwood? I read about people boiling it? We do have algae wafers. What kind of veggies are the best? I heard of peas, but we cannot have that in the house due to my husband's deathly allergy to them.

10-28-2010, 10:54 PM
Zucchinis and cucumbers work too I've heard.

10-29-2010, 02:45 AM
Mine have driftwood and get New Life Spectrum Thera+A.

10-29-2010, 03:01 AM
chuck in some water melon they lap it up

10-31-2010, 12:57 AM
All right. Here what I did. Tell me if I was wrong. I blanched a small piece of cut up zucchini then cut it into smaller pieces. Then I go to put it in the tank and they float! I had to put some underneath stuff and let the rest float. Did I do that wrong? I'm a TRUE newbie to this type of diet for fish. Thanks for any suggestions/ideas.

11-01-2010, 04:27 AM
You can tie the slices of veggies to rocks, no need to cut it up too fine; they'll just nibble away at it.

bob saget
11-01-2010, 06:18 AM
You can tie the slices of veggies to rocks, no need to cut it up too fine; they'll just nibble away at it.

this. also take it out in the morning because veggis sometimes make the water cloudy.

11-01-2010, 10:30 PM
Your pleco might like a little piece of watermelon once in a while (yeah, I know it's out of season). You can usually find driftwood at fish specific stores. I didn't boil my driftwood, but I did soak it in a pail of water for two weeks or so, changing the water every three days.

11-01-2010, 10:46 PM
If you go to a pet store and find driftwood, you can usually just soak it for a while and put it in. If you go out and get your own wood from the wilderness it will take a lot longer.

Also, put a fork in the veggies so they will sink.

11-03-2010, 11:25 AM
To weigh down my cucumber I use those plant weights you can buy. I tie it to a peice of cotton which I hang over the side of the tank. This way I can simply lift out (with a bit of luck) any left overs and means I don't have to put my hand in the tank.


R2 Ranch
11-03-2010, 11:50 AM
Your plecos will love you so much for giving them fresh veggies!!!! Try slicing the veggie and placing it on a fork and it should sink to the bottom. I also rubber band my veggies to a rock and it will sink to the bottom. Good luck with your plecos.

11-04-2010, 05:59 PM
Success!! My 2nd time, I cut the zucchini in quarters, length-wise. I took off the seeds before I put a quarter in the tank. Immediately, the guppies and MM platys started pecking at it. I saw one of the plecos check it out before I went to bed. This morning, it was totally gone! Yay!! Now I need to find some driftwood.