View Full Version : Feeding the Rubber Lip

10-20-2012, 09:35 PM
I have had a rubber lip pleco for a few days now, and i have never seen him eat anything.

I have put zucchini, hikari algae wafers, romaine lettuce, and omega one veggie tabs in the water and I cant seem to find evidence that he has found or eaten any of them.

I dont have very much algae in the tank and I am worried about its diet. how can I tell if it is eating? How can I encourage it to find and recognize the food?

Do rubber lips eat the same diet as BNPs and other plecos?

10-20-2012, 11:08 PM
Any rubber lip I have ever had have been mostly nocturnal. I would drop in algae disks a couple times a week an hour or so after lights out.

Lady Hobbs
10-20-2012, 11:46 PM
He will probably die. He should not have gone in that tank until it was done cycling. Bottom feeders are the last to go in a tank and only after it's been cycled. I would imagine he isn't eating because the ammonia level is too much for him.

10-21-2012, 12:05 AM
Hobbs obviously knows your tank isn't finished cycling, so if it is not cycled then I agree with her.

However, I have known plecos to take a while to recognise food and fresh veg. A common pleco I used to have and an L022 both took 2 weeks each to even attempt eating my courgette on a fork. Plecos require dedication and time from their owners :22:

10-21-2012, 02:30 AM
Coming from someone who "rescued" a Rubberlip from a vary unhealthy shop tank, if you keep up on WC's your pleco will be fine. Mine was in my 20g for about 3 months, and that tank never did cycle even with seeded media. He got to see some really high levels of ammonia but is just fine. That and he hit my 20g with Ich, and I totally spaced he was a "scaleless" fish and came close to killing him with meds (he thankfully recovered). Even the tank he is in is just doing a mini cycle, but I have made it a daily chore to do WC's in all my tanks (cycled or not).

Anyway about feeding. I had him and another RL in my QT tank for a week before they ate anything. One ended up dieing in QT, they both had bad ammonia burns when I got them. After that tho the other little guy would not leave the zucchini alone and would hollow a good sized peace out overnight. He was only about 2" and the food was bigger than him. So it will take time for him to eat, and when he dose he will gorge himself. My little guy doesn't eat like that anymore, so I figure he was just really really hungry by then.

10-21-2012, 02:37 AM
You can always find execptions out there. I know, I have personally run across a few of them.

I would suggest re-homing your pleco untill the tank is cycled. That would be in the best interests of the fish, IMO

Goes to 11!
10-21-2012, 02:51 AM
I would sugges re-homing you pleco untill the tank is cycled. That would be in the best interests of the fish, IMO



10-21-2012, 03:24 AM
Well if we are dodging the original eating question and focusing on the fish in his tank that need re-homed. Rubberlip and cory need re-homed cuz the tank is not cycled, and the neons need re-homed.... or the Tiger Barbs and Rainbow Shark for aggressive reasons. Good luck, but I hope you do get your pleco to eat.:22:

10-21-2012, 03:29 AM
Posts 2 and 4 did cover some good ideas on feeding plecos

I beleave the other posts were trying to add some additional assistance to help the OP avoid some potential problems down the road

Goes to 11!
10-21-2012, 03:37 AM
And also...

This has been covered in another thread, His tap water reads 2ppm ammonia, It's an uncycled tank and he was informed that getting more fish was a bad idea.

We are not dodging the OP - We are reinforcing previous info already given.

10-21-2012, 04:21 AM
2ppm ammonia..... holy $%!*... yeah I'll bite my lip and agree, my pleco didn't see even half that level:14: .... But I will still say if he keeps up on WC's like I did his pleco will be fine. 2ppm is not keeping up on it tho. If you have to do 2 50% WCs everyday for the next 6 months.... do it! Or since you have only had it a few days and if you can't keep the tank below .25, then return him. Still best of luck to you, but do those WC's!

10-21-2012, 04:26 AM
Jay, the 2ppm of ammonia is coming from his tap water, more water changes = more ammonia in a uncycled tank. It would be best if the tank was allowed to cycle fishless so a good amount of BB can be grown to take care of the ammonia in the tap water.

Goes to 11!
10-21-2012, 04:30 AM
It would be best if the tank was allowed to cycle fishless so a good amount of BB can be grown to take care of the ammonia in the tap water.
Yup .............

10-21-2012, 04:35 AM
Sorry thought that was a typo or something. I'll go hide in the corner now with my foot in my mouth....(blush)

10-21-2012, 11:34 PM
No worries, I was doing crazy water changes trying to keep up, not realizing the problem in the tap.

I also got a pleco when I had 9 days of no ammonia and thought it was safe. Unfortunately, I dont have a new home to send him to right now.

So I am playing the waiting game for the tank to cycle, and once it does cycle, to control nitrates I will do 25% water changes maximum to reduce the impact of ammonia from the tap and i will do them more often.

I was wanting to educate myself on the pleco a little more. I know that they are nocturnal feeders, I just couldnt find much evidence of his feeding, even at night. But his tummy seems round and he is acting normally so far, my fingers are crossed for the cycle to hurry up and do its thing.

I think I have the azalea aquariums on speed dial and I am probably annoying that guy alot haha!