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    Several of you feed various types of produce to your tank inhabitants.

    I'd like to ask if you might share your experiences with what you've successfully fed (and what fish/invertebrates ate it, if you recall), and also about what you've tried unsuccessfully.

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    I'll start
    (just off the top of my head, I'm probably forgetting stuff)

    Sweet potato -- the RCS love it and the Platys also eat it -- skin and all
    Cucumber -- my RCS go nuts for this, the Platys do get some too -- the skin gets eaten down to a paper thin bit.
    Yellow squash -- RCS eat every bit, and seem to even prefer the skin
    Watermelon -- both the Platys and RCS love the pink. The white and rind are picked clean of all pink.
    Spinach -- RCS

    I was never able to get otos to eat produce successfully when I had them. I think that's the reason they did not do well for me.

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    Zucchini and cucumber -- inside eaten by otocinclus, nerites and amano shrimp, cories will nibble on it.

    spinach -- otocinclus, seems less popular

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    Green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, zucchini, yellow (summer) squash, green peas, apples, cantaloupe, honeydew melon

    Some more popular than others, but yellow squash never fails
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    Sliced zucchini for pleco's and romain lettuce for a pacu I once had

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    I use to use,
    Fresh peas shelled.
    Cucumber.
    Lettus of any type.

    I noticed that when I did have my hang tank running years ago that it peas and lettus was greedily smashed by the inhabitants.


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    Has anyone tried carrots?

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    I like this thread. I read through it last night. This morning I was about to throw out the end of my zucchini (too small for the zoodler) and I decided instead to stab a fork in it and drop it into the tank. One oto found it within 10 minutes. Fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiversGirl View Post
    Has anyone tried carrots?
    I have a few times, not very popular with my fish
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    Wow, how did I miss this one?

    I have fed these with much success with many of my fish (cory, gourami, otos, and amano shrimp-even some neocaridina shrimp too).

    -green zucchini
    -yellow summer squash
    -opo squash-Asian summer squash that is very buoyant, you can microwave it or I weigh it down with forks or rocksopo-squash.jpg
    -winter squash including acorn, pumpkin, kobocha, hubbard, butternut, delicata and carnival.
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    -sweet potatoes both raw and slightly microwaved (cuts down on time you can keep it in tank)-my pleco prefer's the Asian ones with the white flesh to the orange N. American ones. Go figure.
    -Summer melons including watermelon, cantaloupe/muskmelon, honeydew and casaba are melons I have tried. Wash the rind before cutting and you can leave it on-or peel it off. I find some fish like to eat the white next to the skin of the melon as much as the melon flesh as well.
    -Papaya-my pleco likes this, other fish not so much
    -blanched cauliflower or broccoli (though it not as popular as the above fruits/veggies)

    What I have tried and my fish don't like:
    -carrots
    -peppers
    -green beans (now Matt's fish go bonkers over it, mine not at all)
    -apples
    -pears
    -peeled grapes
    -romaine, lackluster even with snails and otos

    If something has seeds, remove them. For something that is heavily sprayed (like an apple-if your fish like them) I would wash with soapy water, rinse and then peel. Some of these can stay in your tank 12 hours, some 24 and some even up to 48 (uncooked winter squash). Just be careful because if you don't take it out it will foul your water something wonderful.

    Made a sausage ratatouille this weekend and gave the tank one of the yellow squash (halved and skewered) and some cubed butternut squash (also skewered).

    I think so many people ask about what fresh produce can be fed to fish, this thread should be a sticky...
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