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HOW do you get zucchini to sink?

Discussion in 'Tropical Chit Chat' started by TorPeteO, Sep 19, 2004.

  1. Carter

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    if it has not been said before, i may add in my two cents. ;)

    basically, many fish will not take to zucchini straight up. It takes a while because the veggie is so crisp, I Usually leave it in my tank for about 12 - 24hrs to let the water soften it for them.

    To keep to to the bottom of the tank, i usually place four toothpicks through it and into the gravel, that way, you can not see them and place it where ever you want in the tank :)
     
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    Thought I might stick my oar in since i havent posted in ages
    I use the lead that comes attached to plants at the lfs, just pierce the cucumber with it and drop it in

    Cheers
     
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    Yay for screwcumber. Freeze it first and then thaw it. The process helps to break down the tougher bits without nutrient loss

    Par boiling adds extra liquid and gets rid of trapped oxygen. Result = more dense and sinks.
     
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    Inchworm Li'l Ole Fish Lady

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    Yes but it is at the expense of nutrients. Vitamins are lost due to heat and water.
     
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    walkers101 Fortune favours the brave

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    i boil cucumber on the hob for around 10-15 seconds then put it in the freezer for another 10 seconds then just dig it in the gravel half way and put a stone against it

    job done :good:
     
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    not if you want an food value left, for the fish.

    paranoia. in theory it COULD cause water problems. truth is if you do have water problems after putting it in. you have a very weak filtration system.

    portion size is important. but i would say after 5 days. but then, my filtration can deal with it.

    as inchworm says
    baring in mind how little nutritional value this has. both cutting (in air or water) and cooking. remove the vast proportion of its value. and all to make it sink. :crazy: remember, we are supposed to be giving these to the fish, for ITS benefit. not ours.
    if you want to give, high quality nutrition from veg. use canned. :good: very possibly the best way to feed, fish, them.
     
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    Find a piece of metal or solid glass, I use a necklace ornament and stick it into your zuchinni, actually sticking anything that's solid but doesn't float should work. It'll sink into your tank, very simple just don't try a round or oval object the zuchinni can get loose from those, try something sharp. I used to feed my otto cucumbers, but it's extremely dirty as the only kind of cucumber they really to eat are the ones that are old and soft, those things fall apart in about 2 days :/ I'd just stick to feeding algae pellets for the most part and do an occasional vegetable once in a while. The algae in your tank is the best source of food for them though, my otto loves to suck on plants.

     
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    All i do is use a bulldog clip. i got a handful of cheap ones that aren't too strong, and they nicely weigh down whatever i need to put in...
     
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    mine goes straight in tank from fridge all i do is cut in half and stick a screwcumber through it and before i can get it to the bottom of the tank my plec is stuffing his face. all my fish will have a nibble
     
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    I don't think you should blanch. It removes nutrients and may leech into the water more easily. Maybe cut into circular slices and string them through fishing wire like a necklace, place a rock or decoration between each slice? :3
     
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    i don't weigh down the zucchini for the plecos.. i slice a zucchini long ways and drop the slices into the tank, they are completely gone in a couple days. and i never take it out, if you don't cook it first it doesn't get mushy or make a mess in the tank.
     
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    If you really want to be flashy, get yourself a screwcumber :hyper:

    http://www.aquarist-classifieds.co.uk/php/detail62_28381.php

    Works with Zucchini(UK = Aubergine) Cucumber melon etc, etc,etc
     
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    I have used rocks, but prefer those waited bases you find on old school sponge filters. They are round and easy to attach the zuc too.
     
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    imma try this for my pleco ;) thanks for tips guys
     

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