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Flakes for an Oscar?

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Jay

Saturday, 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.

  

joycedonley

Saturday, 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.

  

chris

Monday, 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.

  

Bryan Starbuck

Tuesday, 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 month.

In the wild they naturally eat alot of insects - crickets and worms are also highly recommended. Hope that helps. ~Bryan

 

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