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proper way to feed vegetables

is there a proper way to feed, lets say zuchinni, to fish. i've hear people boil, blanch (don't know what that is), and i've seen them feed it uncooked at the store. does it matter at all?
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It is softer and floats less if you say put it in a cup of boiling water or microwave for 30 seconds. I usually cut and freeze mine, so it breaks it down enough for my shrimp and l144 plecos.
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cool thanks over stocked.

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OS, does freezing them help them sink?
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i think it would
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cool thanks over stocked.

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With meds yes... without, not at all.


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OS, does freezing them help them sink?
after thawing, yes.

But I would get one of the veggie clips from petsmart or petco for 3 bucks. Suction cups to side of tank, makes it nice so they don't get stuck to filter.
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blanch (don't know what that is),
Blanching is when you boil something for a short time and then plunge it into cold water to stop the cooking process. It's a nice way to cook something, say green beans for example, without making it mushy and tasteless.
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Once plecos are old enough they can eat raw Zucc but they can eat it faster when its mushy. I put slices on a plastic fork and push it into the substrate.

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proper way to feed vegetables

Hehe steward, I can't even get my 8-year old to eat with a fork


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I use a small bamboo skewer you get at the store and stab the zuchinni or whatever and then stick that into the substrate. By morning, its all gone but the skin. Don't forget to wash the veggie first in sink water before you feed. People have mentioned that they have dead fish/shrimp after feeding if they didn't wash. Could be chemicals or whatever on the veggie.
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I got some nice 1" screws with a o at the top of them. I just cut up my zucchini and put them in and im good. I think if you look through my l183 journal there are some pics. My plecs are able to eat it with out any blanching but depending on the temp of your tank you might need to take the remnants out quickly, it gets nasty quick!

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Who eats the carrots? Do plecs? I'd love it if my plec ate carrots cause the zuchinni tends to go bad so fast.
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Who eats the carrots? Do plecs? I'd love it if my plec ate carrots cause the zuchinni tends to go bad so fast.
FREEZE them! Just slice up, and I lay flat on wax paper and freeze lay out in a row, roll paper, lay out, roll paper, lay out, repeat--so they don't stick together.
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Nobody ate the carrots but I suspect that was because there bellies were fat from the zucchini.


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OS, does freezing them help them sink?
Does freezing water make it sink?


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