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how often should i feed my oscar

Postby smurphy » Wed Oct 08, 2003 12:19 am

how often do you feed your oscars?and how often should you feed them feeder fish? also I tried to feed my oscar and jack dempsey pellets and neither one of them wanted anything to do with them,so what are some other ideas to feed them? thanks smurphy
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Postby sandtiger » Wed Oct 08, 2003 12:27 am

I have no idea, but my oscar eats like mad! You should not feed feeder fish to often, they have to nutrition value really. I feed mine fish about every three weeks or so, and only 4 max. I also feed him insects, worms (really good for oscars) shrimp pellets, blood worms, tubiflex, cichlid pellets, and tropical flakes. A wide range of foods is best. I don't know how often I should feed him, but I feed him 2 or 3 time a day depending on how much I am around.
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Postby JiaBob » Wed Oct 08, 2003 3:54 am

how often do you feed your oscars?

I feed mine twice a day. Smaller meals 3 times a day would be better if you are around all day. If not, once in the morning and another time at night should be fine.
how often should you feed them feeder fish?

Never. Feeders could introduce diseases to your fish.
I tried to feed my oscar and jack dempsey pellets and neither one of them wanted anything to do with them...

Pellets are a very good staple for an Oscar. I recommend you outlast your O. Make sure you are using pellets that are small enough for him to fit into his mouth. Pre-soak them for a minute or two in tank water, and then dump a few pellets in the tank. He'll eat them when he gets hungry.
what are some other ideas to feed them?

Things like crickets and worms should be considered as treats, but I don't think you can beat the pellets for nutritional value.
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Postby sandtiger » Wed Oct 08, 2003 8:39 am

Your right about feedersl but if they are hand raised there should be no problem.
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Postby RedOscar12 » Wed Oct 08, 2003 3:13 pm

I feed mine 3 times a day. Feeders once every 2 months
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Postby Melony » Wed Oct 08, 2003 5:02 pm

Thanks for the tips. I feed mine earth worms frsh from the ground. Any dangers in that?
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Postby indefactorX » Wed Oct 08, 2003 5:05 pm

only if the earthworms have been exposed to pesticides which is a very high possibility if you pick them from the ground

most pet places usually have worms available and even fishing depots carry home raised earthworms that you can buy for less than a buck per dozen
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Postby sandtiger » Wed Oct 08, 2003 5:11 pm

I feed mine worms from tackle shops....but I have been feeding my salamander worms from the from the ground for three years. I feed my oscar (and other fish and turtle) flys a lot, since i know wild oscars are big bug eaters. There is a risk when feeding bugs as well.
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Postby indefactorX » Wed Oct 08, 2003 5:13 pm

sandtiger wrote:Your right about feedersl but if they are hand raised there should be no problem.


yah, i only feed my oscar home grown rosy red minows as treats

and only on occasion
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Postby t_chelle16 » Wed Oct 08, 2003 5:30 pm

I feed mine about 4 or 5 small meals a day (they're constantly hungry and I can't resist their wagging tails).

They get a mixture of cichlid sticks, wardly pellets, hikari gold & staple (mix it all up in a big jar and throw in a variety). And once a day they get either a couple frozen shrimp each or a worm each (I finally bought some worms yesterday and they love them).

They also get home grown feeders anytime I have a batch of guppies that have grown to a decent size.

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Postby indefactorX » Wed Oct 08, 2003 5:44 pm

t_chelle16 wrote:They also get home grown feeders anytime I have a batch of guppies that have grown to a decent size.

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how do you raise your guppies chelle?

**in my garage** i use a large 1500 gallon pond for my minows
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Postby t_chelle16 » Wed Oct 08, 2003 7:09 pm

indefactorX wrote:
t_chelle16 wrote:They also get home grown feeders anytime I have a batch of guppies that have grown to a decent size.

-Chelle


how do you raise your guppies chelle?

**in my garage** i use a large 1500 gallon pond for my minows


I have a 10 gallon tank. I keep the fry in a breeder box until they're too big for the adults to eat then turn them loose in the tank. When they get to a decent size or the tank starts getting crowded I feed some to the oscars.

I'm not really actively trying to breed them (ie grow out tanks, etc), I just have males & females in the same tanks so breeding is inevitable. I'm just trying to save a few of the fry.

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Postby RedOscar12 » Wed Oct 08, 2003 7:10 pm

Wnt some tips how to turn that tank into a breeder?
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Postby jstutman1 » Fri Oct 10, 2003 8:45 pm

I'm not really actively trying to breed them (ie grow out tanks, etc), I just have males & females in the same tanks so breeding is inevitable. I'm just trying to save a few of the fry


your not kidding, i had like 3 breeders left and decided to just let them dwiddle and behold they survived and now there is over 400 fish in that tank all feeders. i have yet to see one die. so im guessing they are in really good shape. also make sure you DONT feed them gold fish. gold fish are cold water fish and they are mostly fat which is not good for the o's
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