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What's in your Oscar?

Postby OinKY » Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:09 am

Went to feed the Oscar, and other cichlids, and as I picked up the pellets it made me think..."Are they getting all they need from these?"
Looked over the ingredients ,seemed nutritious enough...but wouldn't it be like eating the exact same meal everyday of your life?

Typically, I feed the pellets as a staple, with worms and insects as a treat. For veggies,I go with peas and baby spinach. Looking over the food list, there are so many other items I could try.

So interested in what everyone else feeds their Oscar,and other fish,besides pellets and dried prepared foods....and how did you get them to try them?
Just think about it.
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby Katt » Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:14 pm

Cod
shrimp
mussels
squid
clams
octopus babies
Carrot's
peas
Broccoli
Garlic
vitamins
Bloodworms
Brine shrimp
mysis shrimp
Algae wafers
Grapes
watermelon
Squash
African mix
snails
Think that`s it.
I feed, ether they eat it, or have to wait for next feeding,, and that mean`s the same until they do eat it. ;D
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby Alan » Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:43 pm

my O's get a staple of pellets but they get their veggies in a home made fish food as they usually turn their nose up at veg but they love it in the recipe lol
also they get earth worms i buy from the tackle shop and they love them :fro:
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby JohnL » Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:34 pm

Tilapia
Salmon
Shrimp
Haddock
Banana
Peas
Carrots
Squash
Garlic
Snails
Pellets
Various Freeze Dried Food
Vitamin C

Most of this is put in a homemade food. I usually add any food that I've purchased that they won't eat or any little bits I have hangin' around.
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby the grouch » Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:53 pm

worms,peas, freeze dried krill, salmon, live shrimp
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby Antonia » Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:34 pm

Earthworms
Blood Worms
Shrimp
Peas
Grapes
Algae Wafers
Spirulina Pellets
Carrots,only eats them diced (pellet size)
Zucchini,only eats the ends
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby sisble50 » Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:27 pm

I got my second oscar, Boo, back in the spring when he was a mere 3". I started out feeding a variety of frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp. When he was got big enough, I started thowing him crickets, red worms and frozen krill in addition to the blooworms and brine shrimp. Now I fee Hikari Cichlid Gold as a staple, some Hikari fish sticks and nicrawlers in addition to the other stuff. He seems to be doing well at 8ish inches now....I just took this pic with my phone 10 minutes ago. Hard to get a pic of him cause he starts dancing as soon as I approach the tank! lol
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby Paul » Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:34 pm

Mine gets home made frozen mix with a whole orange, peas, blood worms, a scoop of 3 kinds of hikari pellets and a dollop of garlic paste. This is a once a day food usually.
Just blood worms (vitamin enriched) or hikari food sticks as the second meal of the day, usually alternated between days. The occasional earthworm too, or crickets. Moths when I can catch any. My O was not fussy about any food when I got him at about 3 inches and will happily eat just about anything I drop in the tank.

All my other fish usually just get what my oscar is having too since I don't have any special diets to cater for. Might start adding more veg to the JD diet though before it gets too old.
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby Riles » Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:37 pm

spectrum pellets
yabbies (small crayfish/shrimp)
worms
peas
insects whenever i can find any

Sam loves them ;)
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby jsbauter » Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:53 pm

when I fist got my Flicky he ate tiny pellets. Then after he got bigger he decided he did not like them as much and developed a hole in his head. So I read up on diets and started making his food with cichlid omega flakes and pellets melted down in some plain gelatin. I added peas and shrimp. I stated feeding that to him and his hole and sores healed up. He is healthy fish now.

Now I add blue berries to the mix and crushed multivitamin powder as I read that vitamin B's and C adds color and health. I give him pineapple to and he loves it. Various other veggies. He has never rejected anything except banana. He spit that right out. He usually goes for anything I throw in the tank. He is not to very picky. He is so funny to watch. He only likes to eat in the late evening though. Rarely will he eat in the morning time.
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby callen » Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:18 pm

It is wonderful to see many feeding a well balanced diet. :fro:
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby Tim » Sun Aug 15, 2010 1:20 am

Hikari cichlid gold
Hikari cichlid staple
tetracichlid minigranules
bloodworms
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frozen peas
worms
crickets
bloodworms
moths
various insects i catch get either thrown in the fish tank or frog tank ;D

currently sussing out a way to get him to eat more veg, probably going to blend up a mix of all the pellets, bloodworms, some, garlic and a few other veggies and freeze it into cubes.
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby afro » Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:06 am

My O, for whatever reason, LOVES algae wafers. Peas, nightcrawlers, Hikari Cichlid gold and Cichlid staple are what he eats.
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby Gerry » Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:35 am

Pellets
Peas
Carrots
Prawns
Broccoli
Worms
Banana
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Re: What's in your Oscar?

Postby Tim » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:55 am

just whipped up a batch of food today containing:
bloodworms
shrimp
3 varieties of pellets
carrots
peas
garlic
brocolli
lettuce
all crushed up with some water and frozen in a big flat piece. I just break a piece off to feed to my fish :fro:
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