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Old 01-23-2013, 12:41 PM   #11 
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And they NEED driftwood. When they are young it's pretty hard to tell, but when mature there is a HUGE difference. Saw a fully grown male albino in the LFS one day and literally jumped it shocked me.

AAH! It's so creepy!!!
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:45 PM   #12 
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How does one go about clipping and blanching zucchini for a shy pleco? Would any of the other fish also like that as a treat? (Tank houses, sorority, tetras, cory cats, and loaches) I will have to try this!

Swish doesn't have any bristles on the nose yet I did notice that he does seem to have some rudimentary camouflage abilities, his skin coloration seems to change according to what he's currently hanging onto!
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:40 AM   #13 
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They sell special clips at petstores. But I don't have one so I usually just tie the food that float to a rock to weight it down. To blanch, just place in boiling water for a few minutes, the time varies depending on whatever it is, but you should be able to judge by looking at it. Don't cook all the way through, just until they become tender and the colour changes slightly. Not soft enough to lose their shape, though. Dip them in cold water afterwards to stop the cooking process and cool them down. Some vegetables can be fed raw; I feed lettuce raw after washing them thoroughly. Blanching is just to make certain tougher vegetables easier to eat.

And yes, cories would love vegetables as treats. Some other fish might also pick at it.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:04 PM   #14 
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I use this one!
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:57 PM   #15 
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I use plant weights a fishling line. If you ever order bunched plants online it will come with a bendable weight so the plants wont float.
I tae the weight, stick it through the cucumber and bend the other end of the weight around the fishing line and tie the fishing line in a loop. Then toss it it, keeping one end of the line out of the tank for easy removal.

Not that I have seen anything of mine actually eat the cucmber
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:27 PM   #16 
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what the pleco doesn't rasp the snails gorge themselves on. That is one handy clip.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:44 PM   #17 
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I love my albino bristlenose :D

It's pretty brave for a pleco, I think. Spends lots of time out from under the wood when the lights are on. Certainly is getting braver than when I first got him. I can get my hand rather near him for an algae wafer than I used to.

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Old 01-25-2013, 07:23 AM   #18 
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I have two bristlenoses and I just loooove them. My first boy's named Rufus and is a calico bristlenose. I've had him almost a year and he's about five inches long and has lots of little bristles sticking out of his nose. A few weeks ago Petco had albino bristlenoses so I just had to pick one up! I'm not sure if my little albino one is a male or female but I named it Whitaker. :D
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Ooh! (S)he(?) was out kinda in the open with the daylights on yesterday, so I managed to grab a picture! Dat tail! Swish LOVES to swish that tail.

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Awww, how cute. I love plecos.
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