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I've done blanched organically grown zucchini and cucumber slices. I peel them but don't know if this is necessary. I've also fed blanched romain and red lettuce and kale. Kale was definitely not a favorite with my plecos and I've not fed it again. My male did however thrash it around the tank voicing his apparent displeasure. Unsalted French cut canned green beans is a huge hit. Not sure if you've tried Repashy gel foods but I've never had a fish who didn't devour it after figuring out it was food.

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On 11/23/2021 at 1:17 PM, Copper Ridge Life said:

I've done blanched organically grown zucchini and cucumber slices. I peel them but don't know if this is necessary. I've also fed blanched romain and red lettuce and kale. Kale was definitely not a favorite with my plecos and I've not fed it again. My male did however thrash it around the tank voicing his apparent displeasure. Unsalted French cut canned green beans is a huge hit. Not sure if you've tried Repashy gel foods but I've never had a fish who didn't devour it after figuring out it was food.

Yes I use repashy. I have a few food that are what I have set to buy which I call staples that are buy in the last day of the month with most from aquarium co-op. Then boiled egg yolk is a treat to some fish

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I have feed some different foods to special fish. I have recently told the story which gave me the idea to write this thread. I had two Pacu about 14” long and 4”wide(side note, Pacu should be harder to get). These fish at basically eat what we at to a point. If we had pork chops, Tomatoes, Broccoli/corn I would cut a few small pieces of the chops, tomatoes were cut to size for them and cherry tomatoes very given whole. Broccoli and fresh corn were blanched, canned corn rinsed(I never use cream corn I thought to much sugar for some reason). The Pacu were big enough to take a good bite. I would feed very small amounts of pork and not daly. Vegetables and fruit were given most often, like bananas. Nuts were give shelled. 
 

I just was interested in the things others have tried.

 

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Blanched dandelion leaves, carrots, zuchini. Green beans, and of course live foods like daphnia and baby brine shrimp. The gold fish get weekly duckweed from my tanks. Hasn't put a dent in the amount overtaking my tanks though, lol. I have a 1 gallon bag of it in my freezer, just haven't got around to making more shrimp food out of it.

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On 11/23/2021 at 4:21 PM, Brandon p said:

@Griznatch dandelions, it would have never though about them because they don’t relay grow much, but we did eat them as salad. I have fed Hibiscus to some fish the Pacu loved it but some other fish get it blanched and they like it. 

I hadn't thought of hibiscus. We love hibiscus tea. Next time I make a cup my fish are having tea 🍵

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@Brandon p The dandelions at my house grow huge and start first thing in spring and go well into late October. We don't use any pesticides, so it' pretty much free fish and shrimp food 🙂    There's a boatload of articles on the interwebs about the benefits of them for aquariums, among other things. I hadn't tried feeding them the flowers yet but evidently those are good too?

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On 11/23/2021 at 10:52 PM, Beardedbillygoat1975 said:

Haven’t use md butternut @PineSong it we’ve been using delicata squash and it’s been well received. Just make sure to boil it enough to make it soft and they’ll eat it.

I don’t have any experience with butternut. I have never ate it and never fed it any thing. If you want to try offer a small amounts and take some time watching them.  It would feed it softer at first and don’t start on the fish that you cherish the most. If you actually know the answer let the people know. Now I’m gonna have to go  butternut and at least have it for myself and and a fish or two.

 

On 11/23/2021 at 11:20 PM, Indlers said:

Bee pollen. It's a well known shrimp food, but fish love it as well. Some days my Endler's decide to ignore it, in which case the snails dogpile it

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Fun fact: My family all spend time as beekeepers, not as a hobby I was there living. I know it goes back in the family to before they moved from Germany in the early 1820’s. Bee Pollen I have feed right from the comb. It looks total different thank the pretty yellow Pollen you get. If you want to know more start a discussion and I will be there.

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