I also cut the skin off but there are so many different ways on Youtube then I boiled the pieces for 3 minutes, dried off and cooled down and they LOVED IT also gave them cooked asparagus stalks which I usually throw away,
I tjhnk these are their favourite, also well blanched spinach . Gonna try broccoli next. I don't chop any of these up just weight down if needed
and let them nibble off what they want,
All other vegies:
Very tender items like cucumber and soft leaves: do not cook. You might need to stick a spoon through them to make them sink. Great way to feed most Loricariads.
Slightly firmer vegies: Firmer leaves like kale, soft vegies like zucchini, broccoli stems, many frozezn vegies-Cook just enough until they sink. If you slice them finer then they do not need much cooking (a minute in the microwave with a little water is enough).
Harder vegies such as pumpkin, sweet potato or butternut squash: I will bake to just about the same tenderness that we like. Don't overcook- the vegies will fall apart in the tank.
As has already been noted, larger and more mature fish are better able to break up their food, so could be served larger pieces or less cooked vegies.
Younger fish, and especially fry need finer, softer food. For fry food that makes a cloud in the water might be best. This is why fry are often raised in a separate tank. That cloud of food in the water makes for easy feeding, but makes a mess of the tank. Then the tank will need cleaning more often.
Happy fish keeping!
That is, this could be an extra argument for sufficient waterchanges
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