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Betta eat a lot more veggie matter than you think-It won't hurt the Betta to graze on any veggies.
I feed fresh veggies to my plecos at least twice a week-and I feed them processed food twice a week-plus they love to feed on the homemade food I make. I will toss in a live red worm on occasion too-they need higher protein on occasion.
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Yeah, I guess they probably do eat a decent amount, but its not the most important part of their diet is what I meant to say.

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Kinda related question...how often is too often? I put a blanched cucumber round in a clip for the first time a few days ago. My bristlenose had found it by the time I went to bed a few hours later. He was still on it in the morning. It resembled a tire by the time I got home the next evening, and there was nothing left but the skin by the next morning. Is it OK that he ate that whole thing? How long should I wait before putting in another?

And a last question - I sliced up the whole cucumber and blanched all the pieces. Since I just put in the one slice, the others I put single layer while still wet into ziplocs and laid them flat in the freezer, with the thought that I'd snap one off and stick it right in the clip next time - is that a good way of doing it?

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I only feed my plecos a total of 5-6 times a week with a mix of fresh veggies, processed foods and homemade food-with a live red worm on occasion. I don't feed mine a lot at one time and try to skip 1-2 or more days a week so they will still graze a bit on some of the natural algae that is in the tanks. That said, I don't think you can feed too much of the fresh veggies-so much as more isn't needed-Then you can make them too dependent on added foods and they stop grazing and get lazy waiting on food all the time....if that makes any sense....lol.....
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Thanks for all the info everyone!

I got them in today, so excited! They look so much better than I could have asked for. They have a piece of cucumber in there with them right now, but havent seen anyone but my endlers try to touch it. Wondering if its because it was fresh instead of blanched?

anyways, heres a picture of one of the new additions

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Next to blanched veggies such as zucchini and carrot I also have a couple veggies I feed to my clown pleco raw veggies such as swiss chard, baby spinach and kale (she love kale). Lettuce is okay, but it won't provide much nutrition. I actually feed her more leafy veggies than heavier veggies. Though, if you get a carrot that has gone a little woody, blanch it and you have the pleco version of Christmas dinner. XD

I use a veggie clip, that usually works for me raw or blanched.

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Thanks for all the info everyone!

I got them in today, so excited! They look so much better than I could have asked for. They have a piece of cucumber in there with them right now, but havent seen anyone but my endlers try to touch it. Wondering if its because it was fresh instead of blanched?

anyways, heres a picture of one of the new additions
Very cute! I really enjoy watching my Bristlenose, always so active and swishy!

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