We here at the Oscarspot have put together a food list, recipes and other information to help you to have happy and healthy fish. Whether they are Oscars, other American Cichlids, Pleco and so on.
To start we have put together a general food list that you can feed separately or add to any of the recipes.
After almost a year of research and talking to some of the top Aquariuses in the hobby that own Oscars, other American Cichlids, Pleco etc... Here is the list of foods to help you own a happy healthy fish. Please remember everything in moderation and the more variety the better.
We have also found out that Vit C is very important for O's. So fruit and veggies like bell peppers, oranges and mango's are a very good source. Meaty Foods
Krill (if freeze dry be sure to soak it in some tank water first to not cause swelling in the stomach)
Crab & lobster
Fish - Cod, salmon, silver-sides, minnows, flounder. haddock, tuna just to name a few
SnailsInsects & Worms
(Always be careful they have not been exposed to any chemicals)Veggies, Fruits & Nuts
Peas (frozen right out of the bag...no need to de-shell them)
Spinach and leafy lettuce (not iceberg)
Feeding your fish many of these foods when they are younger will help not to have a picky eater when they are older.IMPORTANT
Just a note on beefheart and meats from warmblooded animals of what we buy in our stores. If you must and feel you want to feed beefheart or other meat, make sure they are organic. Research is now being done that animal meat that have been injected with antibiotic's and hormones can effect your fish. Many fish are becoming immune to antibiotics that we use to help cure common bacterial infections. Also my research showed that when the fish are younger 2-4 inches can tolerate it well but as they get bigger the fishes digestive system slows down and has a harder time breaking up the meat and possibly causing blockages and other digestive issues. But with that said as long as a well rounded diet, organic meat (personally I'd find other foods) is given your fish should not have any problems.
Martin A. Moe states ...Fish are cold blooded and all digestion reactions takes place at 70 to 80F, the temp of aquarium water. Thus they may not be able to efficiently digest or use the types of fats present in the flesh of warm blooded animals. They are much better off with the flesh of animals that are similar to their normal prey.
A few little tips when feeding...
It's always good to underfeed then over feed and always take out any uneaten food to help your water quality.
As your fish get bigger you will find you can feed every other day and or every 2-4 days.
Feeding a good pellet food that has whole fish rather then fish meal is always a plus. With the pellet food it is always a good idea to look at the vitamin levels. A good source of vitamins like C and B's will add color, energy and keep their immune system high. With that said if you do feed a lot of the foods from the above list you won't have to worry to much about the vitamins as they will get it from the foods.Thawing and refreezing of seafoodFrom the Dept. of Health
Thawed - but Cold 45 Degrees or Lower
Fish and Shellfish - Yes can be refreezed - if odor is normal - If there is any off odor - discard
Also stated that it does deplete the nutrients but if thawed properly and refreezed in the right wrapping or container it's ok.
The recipes that have been posted can be modified and changed to your liking or should I say to your fishes liking
In closing we here at the Ospot are always interested in new recipes and if you have tried other foods that are not on the list. Please feel free to post and we will be happy to add it.
Happy fish keeping,
The Ospot Team