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#1 TorPeteO

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Posted 19 September 2004 - 08:22 PM

Alright, how do you get veggies like zucchini to sink so that catfish to eat them? Do you have to tie it to some sort of weight or something to get it to stay down, or can you just let it sit in water and (eventually) it will sink?

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#2 clutterydrawer

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Posted 19 September 2004 - 08:26 PM

have you blanched it?

#3 TorPeteO

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Posted 19 September 2004 - 08:48 PM

If "blanched" is the term for putting it in water in the microwave, then yes. I put it in for 30 seconds, which is usually pretty good for heating things. How long do you put it in for?

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Posted 19 September 2004 - 09:47 PM

We attach ours to a rock or a small peice of old pot, use a ruuber band or some cotton

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Posted 19 September 2004 - 09:49 PM

plant weights. ;)

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Posted 19 September 2004 - 10:07 PM

We have an overabundance of disposable chopsticks in our apartment :rolleyes: , so I just skewer the veggie and prop in the tank, up against the drftwood. :D :thumbs:

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Posted 20 September 2004 - 07:16 PM

try boiling for a few minutes , it usually works for me.

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Posted 20 September 2004 - 07:52 PM

We have an overabundance of disposable chopsticks in our apartment :rolleyes: , so I just skewer the veggie and prop in the tank, up against the drftwood. :D :thumbs:

OMG arashi!! My fish are going to love you!!! I never thought of that idea but that is FANSTASTIC!!!

Better try it first before I go raving about it huh!!

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Posted 20 September 2004 - 10:42 PM

We have an overabundance of disposable chopsticks in our apartment :rolleyes: , so I just skewer the veggie and prop in the tank, up against the drftwood.  :D  :thumbs:

OMG arashi!! My fish are going to love you!!! I never thought of that idea but that is FANSTASTIC!!!

Better try it first before I go raving about it huh!!

Heehee! Thanks Chooklet! :wub: And I seriously thought you guys were going to laugh at me. :D :*)

Let me know how it works out for ya. :nod:

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Posted 23 September 2004 - 10:58 AM

i just use the wire that plants are weighed down with. i stick it up through the middle of the cucumber or zucchini or whatever and loop it around the edge and then just shove it in the ground :thumbs:

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Posted 23 September 2004 - 01:42 PM

I went out and bought a veggie clip. It's in the shape of a clown fish, which I thought was pretty dumb at the time, but the more I looked at it, the cuter it got.
And no, it's not Nemo. It's just a random little beady eyed clown fish :P
It suction cups onto the glass inside and I just clip on the veggie. Pretty simple and convenient.
I think it was like 2, maybe 3 dollars.

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Posted 23 September 2004 - 01:57 PM

I use the weights that come on the stems of bunched plants, just push them through the cucumber and chuck it in and away it sinks. :)

#13 fishdudein

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Posted 25 September 2004 - 04:49 AM

Never thought of chopsticks, I use wooden bbq skewers (snip off the sharp pokey-end). Plant weights are good, too, and I have also pushed a piece of gravel into the zucchini (has to be the right size though...too small doesn't do anything, too large splits the zucchini)

#14 HotStuffGal

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Posted 25 September 2004 - 02:41 PM

Quite Easilly.

You Get Weights Made To Hold Plants down and You Wrap It Around The Zucchini.

Don't Worry ABout Your Fish They WIll Totally Ignore The Weight.

It Looks Like a Hair tie...But Metal.

#15 Ivan Sloshed

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 04:03 PM

I use two Plant Weights one with fishing line attached so you can retreve it, push one in each side of a Cucumber slice.
heres a pic of my pleco eating some
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He sure loves Cucumber
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#16 Lestat

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 01:51 AM

How long is it safe to leave veggie in tank?

#17 Talz

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 02:14 AM

How long is it safe to leave veggie in tank?


I wouldent leave it in for any more then a day myself, after that take out all the uneaten portions.

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 11:30 PM

We don't have uneaten portions, we go through a whole cucumber every 5 days.

Easiest way to make it sink is to spear it on an ordinary dinner knife. Get some cheap ones at the local charity shop/thrift store.

#19 Lateral Line

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 07:58 AM

I received a "Report this post" e-mail. Reading the report, I am assuming the reporter meant to press "Reply" rather then "Report".

i don't know about anyone else but cutting a slice of and putting it in some water and microwave for a minute or so does the trick i don't have to wiegh it down at all it just slowly sinks to the bottom and i collect the rind that they have left at the end of the second or so.



#20 Inchworm

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 11:59 AM

I got the email too. It's an easy mistake to make and I've done it myself! :lol:

But, to answer the topic, I bought some vegetable clips at the lfs that have a suction cup on the back. I just have to put the vegetable in the clip and stick it on the side of the tank at whatever height I want to keep it at. It works well and the food stays in one place all the time.

It was well worth the dollar or two they cost. :D

#21 SueB

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 12:01 AM

Alright, how do you get veggies like zucchini to sink so that catfish to eat them? Do you have to tie it to some sort of weight or something to get it to stay down, or can you just let it sit in water and (eventually) it will sink?

Thanks,
Pete


hi

You can buy screws to hold chunks of cucumber down - just google 'screwcumber' and you will find them - we got ours from ebay and they work perfectly!

Sue :)

#22 pawly15

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 03:24 AM

easiest way is to just poke a fork through it, then you can simply bury the fork and havd the zuccini sitting above the grave/sand...

#23 fishdudein

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 04:07 AM

:lol: :lol: :lol:

This thread was started 2 years ago.....Sept. 2004!!! :nod:

Just wondering.....is this the record for a (non-game) thread? :rolleyes:

#24 fatfish

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 04:23 PM

try boiling for a few minutes , it usually works for me.


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do you boil cucumber too sorry i'm new to the site hope i'm not butting in here

#25 fishdawg

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 05:31 PM

easy, just put it in the microwave for 5-6 seconds and it will sink. :D

Edited by fishdawg, 16 September 2006 - 05:32 PM.


#26 Davey Jones

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 03:39 PM

Boil for a couple of minutes then put it in cold water to stop it cooking any more as for getting it to sink try a SCREWCUMBER it's available on ebay
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Posted 31 December 2006 - 05:34 PM

I always use a small piece of slate and a rubber band, cucumber shouldn't be left in for more than about 5 hours.

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 10:16 PM

I always use a small piece of slate and a rubber band, cucumber shouldn't be left in for more than about 5 hours.


can i ask why you should take the cucumber out? i always leave mine in and the fish eat it all with about 2 days.

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 10:41 PM

I just nuked a piece of cucumber , it still floats ? What am I missing here ? :unsure:

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 09:19 AM


I always use a small piece of slate and a rubber band, cucumber shouldn't be left in for more than about 5 hours.


can i ask why you should take the cucumber out? i always leave mine in and the fish eat it all with about 2 days.


If the cucumber if left in too long it will rot and pollute the water, if your fish take two days to eat it perhaps try putting a smaller bit in so it is eaten within one day :) I have just aquired some baby 1 inch bn plecs and have been feeding them cucumber, my problem isn't how to get it to sink but getting them to eat it? I have never seen them near or on it and I end up throwing it away the following day looking untouched, my tank does have some algae so maybe they are just eating this and the seafood wafers?? is it always necessary to blanch it? I put it in there raw the other day and if you squash it a bit under the water and then place it near the filter outlet it sinks.

Edited by betta fish, 14 November 2009 - 09:20 AM.





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