How to Cut Up Cucumbers for a Pleco to Eat

The pleco thrives in a home aquarium.
The pleco thrives in a home aquarium. (Image: Images)

The plecostomus, known popularly as a pleco, is a member of the catfish family. It originates from the Amazon, and aquarium enthusiasts introduce the pleco to their tanks because it uses its large, sucker-like mouth to eat algae, which helps keep the tank clean. The pleco is an omnivore that not only eats algae and smaller organisms, it also likes small bites of vegetables including zucchini, lettuce and cucumber.

Things You'll Need

  • Small cucumber
  • Paring Knife
  • Storage container or resealable bag
  • Cutting board
  • Rocks or weights
  • Small rubber bands

Dice the cucumber into 1-inch size square pieces.

Place the unused pieces into a sealable storage container or bag and store in the refrigerator.

Attach a piece of cucumber to an anchor, such as a rock or weight. Wrap a rubber band around both the cucumber and the weight.

Drop the cucumber into the tank at night when you typically feed your pleco. Depending on the size of your fish, you may drop more than one piece into the tank, but be sure to drop in only what your pleco will eat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your pleco should be fed at night.
  • Treat your pleco to cucumber a couple of times a week, in addition to its regular feeding schedule.

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