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Flakes for an Oscar?
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February 02, 2002 - 07:08 pm
Hi. I just bought an Oscar and I'm wondering what to
feed him. I have shrip pellets and freeze-dried bloodworms
along with a lot of flake food. Is it okay to feed him flakes
with a supplement of pellets/bloodworms once a week? Or
should I only feed him the pellet and bloodworms? Thanks
for any advice you can give.
February 02, 2002 - 07:30 pm
My book says to vary their diet. I think most pellets can
have the same nutritional content of flakes depending on
which type you buy. I know my festivum really prefer the
cichlid pellets more than the flake and I think they actually
leave less waste. Anyways it's probably better if you
can feed the variety so they don't get hooked on one
type of food.
February 04, 2002 - 05:13 pm
My mom has an 8" oscar and she feeds it a mixture of
Knox-nutra joint (a gelatin) and shrimp pellets!
Now it won't eat anything but this mixture. The fish
is doin fine and is now about 9 years old.
February 19, 2002 - 01:03 pm
Oscars won't eat flakes for long. As they grow they
start ignoring small pieces of food. I feed mine Hikari
Cichlid Pellets, Frozen peeled shrimp (from the grocery
store), frozen blood worms.. variety is the key I think.
Oh and I have been feeding them alot of freeze dried krill.
They love it. I recently read that food high in protein
will cause them to grow faster. The krill I have is 60%
protein and they have grown 1 and 1/2 inches in the last
In the wild they naturally eat alot of insects - crickets
and worms are also highly recommended. Hope that helps.