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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-02-2009, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Plecos favorite, irresistible food?

I need to trap/catch a pleco that's eating some of my plants. Long story but I had no idea it was in there. lol

In six weeks I've only seen it twice so I doubt a net will do me much good. It's not like I don't look at the tank all that much either, I'm always pulling up a chair next to it and just watching it. lol

Anyway, I have an acrylic trap. Is there anything the pleco might just have to have so eventually one night I'll find it in the trap?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-02-2009, 05:47 PM
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Blanched veggies usually do the trick. Cucumber, zuchini, stuff like that.
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They also will go crazy for algae discs...the kind that Hikari makes but other brands probably would be fine.
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Mine despise algae discs, but sweet potatoes make them happy. L200s, Gibbiceps and BN.
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I'll try cucumber, zucchini isn't allowed in the house. The pleco hitched a ride from my 20 gallon tank I use for holding stuff I'm not ready to put into the display and for clippings. I had 4-5 potting plants I moved inside just holding a towel under them so I didn't get the floor so wet. Got to the tank and dropped them in and later that day removed the pots/floss and planted them. What a hitchhiker. lol

I've got so many bottom feeders I'm sure this will be interesting.

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I'll try cucumber, zucchini isn't allowed in the house.

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You wouldn't happen to be of Middle Eastern descent would you?
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Not sure if it's :lol: or :laugh: here but just in case I'll try them all.

No... it goes back to the late 50's and early 60's when my Mom thought all vegetables should be boiled for one hour. I've got over it with other veggies for the most part but zucchini boiled for an hour left some pretty deep wounds I doubt will ever heal. lol

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Ohhh but fried zucchini is sooooo good! mmmmmm
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Yeah, especially with a little vinegar and salt... Mmmmmmm
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Mmm.... zucchini bread is one of my favorites...

I have three big zucchini plants growing in the backyard now...
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Not sure if it's :lol: or :laugh: here but just in case I'll try them all.

No... it goes back to the late 50's and early 60's when my Mom thought all vegetables should be boiled for one hour. I've got over it with other veggies for the most part but zucchini boiled for an hour left some pretty deep wounds I doubt will ever heal. lol

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LOL, i got a kick out of that, i actually Laughed Out Loud for real
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Saw the pleco this morning with a flashlight under a java moss covered piece of driftwood. Third time I've seen it in two months.

I'd have an easier time trying to catch the tooth fairy.

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Mine didn't care for cucumber, it went to it and just looked at it then left it alone, as did my bloody mollies!
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I'm just getting a lot of big chunks taken out of some plants and a lot of floating leaves that look otherwise healthy from my stem plants. I've only seen it out on the glass once and that was with the lights off. Turned my head away to get the net from under the stand and it was gone. Not like I was going to be able to net it.

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Hopefully no more slotted plants that look like a coin collection display for the March of Dimes. With flashlight in hand this morning it was on a piece of overhanging driftwood. All I could see was the tail. Put the net under the wood and herded it into the huge net. lol

Now to find it a home today.

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