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PostSubject: Cucumber, the only option?   Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:41 pm

So, you may be thinking that the title is quite confusing, but my BN, and my 2 other plecs only like Pleco Wafers and cucumber.
I have tried a blanched broccoli stalk and some carrot but they are not interested, should i be cooking rather than blanching or are the fish just fussy?
I try to give them cucumber whenever I can so that they have a bit of a variety. And i will soon try some courgette (Zucchini) and some other veg recomemded on here but in the mean time I appreciate any help Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Cucumber, the only option?   Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:36 pm

Blanching things like carrot is the best method, if you cooked it to much it would degrade in no time.

Some foods will be accepted straight away, others may take longer, it just a matter of trying different things and see which they prefer. Don't feed cucumber or zucchini when your trying new food as the will always opt for them.

Pleco wafers on aregular basis are not the best thing for Bristlenoses, they are high in protein and can cause bloat.
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PostSubject: Re: Cucumber, the only option?   Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:40 pm

I find both adults and young like blanched (barely cooked or it falls apart) spinach leaves.
They also like blanched squash, cucumber and courgette.
They did eat broccoli stalks but any of the cabbage family seems to make the water stink, so beware and only leave it in for an hour or two.
Hope this helps.
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PostSubject: Re: Cucumber, the only option?   Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:09 pm

thanks for the info on pleco wafers, I will try a few other veggies, i will try to get hold of some spinach Very Happy cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Cucumber, the only option?   Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:20 pm

tip from the pros...if you are having trouble enticing your BN onto the vegies...rub them with garlic, the vegies that is, not the fish! seems to be like crack for them

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PostSubject: Re: Cucumber, the only option?   Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:31 pm

Mine rush for the veggies as soon as ..... It's a good way to count them, when they're all busy eating.
And no I don't starve them.
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PostSubject: Re: Cucumber, the only option?   Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:42 pm

june wrote:
And no I don't starve them.

sure sure Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Cucumber, the only option?   Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:54 pm

Doug wrote:
tip from the pros...if you are having trouble enticing your BN onto the vegies...rub them with garlic, the vegies that is, not the fish! seems to be like crack for them
lol!

Some more of your great info Very Happy , i shall try this, and see if i have any luck with the vegies cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Cucumber, the only option?   Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:40 am

they like watermelon as well my plecos love them
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PostSubject: Re: Cucumber, the only option?   Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:21 am

hi, yes these are all great ideas, i have used too ! also , perhaps try to break a wafer in half, and stick it in the veggie, so it is sticking out ,and he sees it---the plec will go to the known food ie wafer and get a taste of the veggie too then will recognize the veggie as food too. I began with zucchini, flesh up , skin down and some of my plecs prefer skin only and some prefer flesh only... the farlo eats it all. The zucchini is fresh,not cooked or blanched but peas ,my mystery bn loves too , but blanced froz then pinch out of the shells as they cant eat the shells but should jump on the peas--and peas good for digestion, help clean them out ...ya know..intent to prevent bloat..and such. good luck Smile HTH Georgie
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PostSubject: Re: Cucumber, the only option?   Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:26 am

Some great tips there Zeebo Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Cucumber, the only option?   Fri Apr 08, 2011 1:04 pm

Mine love canned spinach, which is pretty convenient, since its already cooked, inexpensive and easy to store. It is usually processed with a little salt, but not enough to cause trouble, but you do have to read the label (don't necessarily want seasonings or oils). Chopped spinach makes a mess - spreads all over -the leaf spinach stays in nice centrally located blobs.
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PostSubject: Re: Cucumber, the only option?   Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:26 pm

In my local Iceland they do cans of 'supa peas' for 50p...
Cos they are really big peas they are easy to get the 'skin stuff' off and the fish love them...
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