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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-19-2014, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Cucumber feeding

I've seen several pictures of cucumbers and zucchini being fed to shrimp and Otos. Why do you peel them? I was told there are more nutrients in the peel and that should be left on for most benefit.
What am I missing here?

I toss whole spinach leaves in and the goldfish gobbles them up over 2-4 days depending on the size of the leaf.

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I don't peel mine, ones I give my Bristlenoses. They often eat the peel too. Also I feed them raw and don't blanch them.
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I feed raw just stick a piece to a fork and drop it in the cichlids go nuts fir it.

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I dont peel mine,but I blanche and freeze mine it makes the cucumbers easier for the ottos to eat and my ottos eat the skin off the cucumbers first.
I think people peel the skins off the cucumbers is that fish sometimes get tangled up in the skins.
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If the cukes have been dipped in wax (keeps them fresh longer in shipping and handling, then on the shelf) I avoid feeding the skin. But when I can get untreated cukes I just cut it to the right size and drop it in. It floats at first. A fork on a string is a good idea.
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