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Flakes for an Oscar?

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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.



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.



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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