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Old 03-23-2014, 10:10 AM   #1
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L-183 Feeding Questions


In a week or less I should be receiving around 6 L183 starlight plecos and want to know what others have used for food sources in their own tanks. In past I had albino BN plecos and fed them a diet of zucchini, veggie sticks (from somewhatshocked) and occasional fish flake and the algae disks. Currently have large piece of cholla wood and basic discs when they arrive. I believe they will be around 1"-1" 1/2 big when they get to me. Looking for suggestions on food I can either pick up at grocery store or LFS or leads to members who sell homemade or higher end store bought foods.
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Hoping someone out there has "any" information on this. Hoping to provide these fish with the best that I am capable of.
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:07 AM   #3
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I have no experienced with this L breed, but my leopard sailfin pleco loves zucchini and hikari algae wafers... googling someone on another forum that does own this l breed says zucchini is thier's fav as well, see here.
Peronsally I'd contact the person/company you bought them from and ask what they feed. If they say "they live off algae on the tank" or "they eat fish flakes like everything else" expect it to probably be very starved, sick, and likely to die (hope you don't get that answer).
That said I'd try small portions of different veggies for them, always feed in the same general area of the tank so once they do figure out tis food they know "i find food here" it may take a few tried to get them to eat something, but always put in "fresh" food don't let stuff rot in the tank a few days it will jack up nitrates.
Though mine is particular to zuchinii he's also eaten: butternut squash, Mellon (some yellow one and water melon.. these should be consider these and other fruits like sugary treats, don't feed them too often), brocholii, lettuce (romane.. iceberg is nutritionally useless), spinach, brucel sprouts (fouls water so do a w/c next day), cucumber, peas (good if he's constipated or has swim bladder issues), what else... he's tried carrots but not been fond of them or 'regular' yellow squash. You can try papaya, I think its native to some regions plecos live (not sure if it grows near rivers yours would have lived in).
Again mine is a different breed, and every pleco has different favorites.
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I appreciate the info, I will prolly do some scouring on Google to see what I can come up with. If anyone knows on any vendor or sellers on here that specialize in this kind of thing please post or send pm.
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Hard to beat vegetable,fruit content, in New Life Spectrum Large pellet's.
Also contain's a bit of protein Krill,Herring.
Too many vegetables and fruit's to list here.
I have Bristlenose,and Royal Pleco's that do well with this food, along with some wood to rasp on.
I do offer some veggies like zucchini,fleshy side of bannana skin, on occasion but the staple of their diet is New Life Spectrum.
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I will definitely take a look into that food Roadmaster , thank you .
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