Well of course you should rinse any vegs you put in your tank just the same way you should rinse them for human consumption--maybe more so since the fish may be more sensitive to any residual insecticides left on the vegetables. (Everytime I look at a stalk at broccoli from the grocery store I think, wow, sure am glad they got all those fat green worms off, and then I usually rinse the broccoli again. . . )
Other than that you just want to make sure you remove uneaten and disintegrating pieces of vegetables since like any waste they will eventually contribute to fouling your water. A large piece could find it's way into your filter where it could clog the media and this could potentially be very dangerous for your fish so if you're regularly feeding veggies I would check your filter a little more often.
I'm sure others will post with their favorite cichlid veggies. . .
A raw carrot is hard enough for a human to chew through :lol:
Imagine a poor little fish chewing on one, it would be like a never ending gobstopper. It would keep them occupied for a while though. Boiling it will soften up a little
You mean like grass and weeds and stuff.
I haven't heard of that one, i wouldn't be to inclined to do so, i'm sure there would be some suitable land plants but alot of them contain different types of chemistry that wouldn't be suitable for fish eg. Aleo Vera, euclyptis, saps etc
I didn't mean weeds and grass as much as green leaves from plants. For example, if I confirmed that the plant was safe for consumption for humans (just no one would try it) and/or an animal (e.g. a horse, cow or deer) then would it work for fish?
I too have never heard of it, but figured if green lettuce works well (of all the vegetables i've tried that and zucchiini have been the biggest hits) then why not a green plant? Of course I would never feed any plant leaves to a fish unless I knew they were safe, but I was wondering if there was a simple way to determine if a plant was safe or not. For example, by finding out if it was safe for people or llivestock type animals to eat.