Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-18-2005, 01:47 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 954
Melon for Plecos!!! (and other fishies)

So the other day....I was looking in my fridge and noticed some VERY ripe cantaloupe in there that needed to be eaten. I got to thinking, cantaloupe has very much the same consistency as squash/zuchinni. I wonder if my pleco would eat it?? So I cut a wedge, attached it to the veggie clip and put it in the tank!

All I have to say is: WOW!!! 8O I thought my pleco loved zuchinni, but you should see the way he devoured that melon! 8O After I plopped it in the tank, THEN I thought maybe melon is bad for my fishies??? (I wouldn't think it would be, but does anyone here know for sure?)

This was a couple days ago, and none of my fishies have suffered any visible ill effects. (Even the rainbowfish and cherry barbs pecked at the melon!) 8O
__________________

__________________
46g community
7 Australian Rainbowfish
5 Cherry Barbs
1 Pleco ("Plato")
1 Oto

10g
Ivory Snail ("Speedy")
smallfry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2005, 02:29 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Fluff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 11,423
lol They love it. I've given mine canalope and honey dew melon. My fish have never suffered any ill effect from eating melon either.
__________________

__________________
~Cindy
Fluff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2005, 03:37 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 954
Kudos for the reassurance!
__________________
46g community
7 Australian Rainbowfish
5 Cherry Barbs
1 Pleco ("Plato")
1 Oto

10g
Ivory Snail ("Speedy")
smallfry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2005, 04:00 PM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
 
Jchillin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, NY (The Big Apple)
Posts: 14,951
Wow...I would have thought the citric acid and possibly the small fibers would give them indigestion 8O . We always have some melon laying around. I will give Cliff a piece tonight and see what happens.

Kudos to you Fluff
__________________
_________________________________
Jchillin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2005, 04:33 PM   #5
zacdl
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Yep I feed my fish that stuff too.

Watermelons, Cantelope, Oranges, those sorts of things fish just love, as well as Strawberries.
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2005, 06:25 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 954
STRAWBERRIES!?!?!?!? 8O
wow... 8O
__________________
46g community
7 Australian Rainbowfish
5 Cherry Barbs
1 Pleco ("Plato")
1 Oto

10g
Ivory Snail ("Speedy")
smallfry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2005, 07:36 PM   #7
zacdl
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Yep, any type of citrus type fruit type thing like I listed there.
They might like lemon/lime, I have no clue, do fish have taste buds? lol.
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2005, 08:09 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 15
I tried a slice of orange once, it makes the pleco poo sort of pale yellowish color. Makes me freak out one time. I always stick to veggies. Question for zacdl, how do you feed your pleco watermelon? does it makes your water cloudy or cause discoloration?
__________________
ahboy22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2005, 08:50 PM   #9
zacdl
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I never tried watermelon in an indoor aquarium before. I normally cut a hunk too big for an aquarium, my pond fish love the stuff, they are big enough (and I have enough of them) to eat large peices.

My guess would be you can just cut the watermelon into smaller peices.
I guess you could tie a rock down, if that is what you mean. Watermelon floats.

Its never made anything cloudy for me, but I only feed that sort of stuff on a rare occasion, once a month or so for me, although 2-3 times a month wouldnt hurt them any (An all sugar diet gives you hyper fish, lol)

The main thing in fruits is... guess what? WATER! It really wont harm anything, neither will the sugar in it, but I dont possibly see how feeding it too them on a daily basis can be good (like feeding candy as the food for a 3 year old....)
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2005, 02:11 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 954
You can add grapes to the list of things Plecos devour. Cut a grape in half (keep skin on), attached it to veggie clip - 10 minutes later the only thing left was the skin! 8O

My Pleco didn't seem to like strawberries....I'm going to try orange. So far his list includes zucchini, cucumber, squash, cantaloupe, honey dew melon, grapes and peas.
__________________
46g community
7 Australian Rainbowfish
5 Cherry Barbs
1 Pleco ("Plato")
1 Oto

10g
Ivory Snail ("Speedy")
smallfry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2005, 08:07 AM   #11
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Nevada
Posts: 31
Ho do you feed peas to them?

My fish like oranges, melons, zuchinni, lightly boiled lettuce, and sea kelp.
__________________
angelboyblue3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2005, 08:59 AM   #12
AA Team Emeritus
 
Jchillin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, NY (The Big Apple)
Posts: 14,951
Toss peas in boiling water for a minute. Peel the skin off, cut to bite size portions and toss in tank...they will go nuts.
__________________
_________________________________
Jchillin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2005, 10:06 AM   #13
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 228
Thats so cool! I can't even get mine to eat cucumber.
__________________
happyhillbilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2005, 11:12 AM   #14
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dskidmore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Genesee Valley
Posts: 2,616
Quote:
Originally Posted by smallfry
So far his list includes zucchini, cucumber, squash, cantaloupe, honey dew melon, grapes and peas.
zucchini, cucumber, squash, cantaloupe, and honey dew melon, are all from the same family. Pumpkin and gourds are from the same family. When Halloween comes up you could try your pumpkin scraps on them. Unless you're growing them yourself, I doubt you can find fresh gourds for them.
__________________
dskidmore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2005, 12:24 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
fearlessfisch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 751
I posted here once about a fight in my tank over a strawberry.

The fish I have now really seem to prefer veggies. I have noticed that they will often ignore a new food the first couple of times I give it, but then will suddenly decide they actually like it. They didn't eat spinach the first 2 times I gave it to them, but it is probably their favorite now. At least it is usually gone first.
__________________

__________________
joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
________________________________
55, 30, 30, 20, 10, and 10-gal. freshwater tropical tanks
fearlessfisch is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
pleco, plecos

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fishies fishies fishies are comming!!! TheNamelessPoet Show Off/Photography 3 01-22-2009 11:44 PM
Red Melon Sword, Sick or old? fish_4_all Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 2 05-31-2006 12:39 AM
Can I float a red melon sword? Xzap Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 6 09-19-2005 11:00 AM
Is this a melon sword ? Xzap Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 5 07-07-2005 10:53 PM
My New Melon Sword prettyvacant Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 2 03-29-2005 09:46 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.