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07-31-2012, 08:35 PM
I am about to feed my Pleco's Cucumber or Zuccini for the first time, I plan on boiling the flork, sticking sliced rinsed Cucumber to it and let it sit there over night. Are there any tips, or does anyone know if I should be doing it differently?

07-31-2012, 08:40 PM
That will work. Your pleco will thank you once it catches on that the green thing on the fork is awesome.

I use toothpicks instead of a metal fork only because I know that fork has been washed with soap but I have seen others here use a normal fork with no side effects.

Feeding Pleco time, you got to love it. thumbs2:

07-31-2012, 09:30 PM
I do have toothpicks but I'm afraid cause they're dyed. But would I just stick it through the middle or do I need to do anything special for it to sink?

07-31-2012, 09:36 PM
When I have trouble getting new plecos to eat their veggies, I will cut small slits in them and wedge in some of the sinking pellets that I normally feed them. That way when they go to eat the pellets, they will start to eat the veggies as well. I will stick a fork in it to make is sink which seams to work well for me




07-31-2012, 09:55 PM
Cliff you spoil your fish!!

My method is simple, effective, less mess

Take 1 fork, take a decent chunk of veggie, ram veg on, leave in tank overnight.

Boiling/blanching veggies makes them mushy, spoils the water quicker and can slip off fork easier. No one cooks their dinner in the wild anyway :hmm3grin2orange:

08-01-2012, 05:54 AM
Combining wafers that way is a good idea though. Quite a few "plecos" are slow to adapt to new food.

Anyway, as to original question. Make it sink, fork, special feeding clip, even a pebble will do. Blanching can help, you'll get different opinions on it. Some will just pour hot water over it from the kettle and leave it for 2, 3 minutes

08-01-2012, 07:25 PM
Ok, so I am removing the cucumber now. They never touched it. When should I try again?

08-01-2012, 07:59 PM
Keep trying. At some point they will catch on to the fact it is food. This can take a while, as wijnands has pointed out, they can be slow to change to new foods

If they have been eating other foods, try placing that with the veggies for a little while like I had done. It can speed up the process.

08-01-2012, 08:10 PM
I agree with Cliff 100%.

The first few times I added fresh veggies no one in the tank went for them. Now you cant keep them away. Even the green fire tetras attack the zucchini.

08-02-2012, 01:34 AM
Ok, so I'm a little nervous. So Idk if I said this earlier. But these plecos are in my Q.T. tank. Now I think they are ok, but my brother insist s that they have Ich. It looks like small brown bumps on my sailfin and clown plrco, now I know that the sailfin is spotted but these are different. The spots are not white. I will try and post a picture soon, but any initial ideas?

08-02-2012, 01:37 AM
Ick is definitely white. It looks like your fish have been salted.

Small brown spots? Sorry at a loss.

Edit; Doing a search for brown spots I found this,


It states in the ick section that ick will turn dark before it fall off and dies. Interesting.

08-02-2012, 01:41 AM
I'm familiar with Ich. Stupid kid at LFS sold me one that eventual whiped out my show tank. I'll try and post a picture but these bumps are not white so idk what it is. Furthermore its not on their underbelly, and my bristlenose is not showing anything also. They've been in the qt tank for about 10 days.

08-02-2012, 01:48 AM
If it's very small almost like dust and very dark in color, it might be velvet? I don't know that for sure, just a guess on my part. You could trying googling pics of fish with velvet and see if that might be it. Hopefully you can post a pic


08-02-2012, 02:09 AM
Don't want to hijack here, but is there any risk in feeding zucchini? I just had two oto's die, and I'm thinking they were the two that were feeding on the zucchini I offered. I have mine frozen, and I thaw before offering.

08-02-2012, 05:51 AM
Don't want to hijack here, but is there any risk in feeding zucchini? I just had two oto's die, and I'm thinking they were the two that were feeding on the zucchini I offered. I have mine frozen, and I thaw before offering.

None that I can think of unless you didn't rinse the zucchini for insecticides.

@mantis: Check with planetcat, there was something in the forum there as a sticky I think.