Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

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So this is what he will eat all day long, if I gave it to him.

He loves freeze dried worms, freeze dried crickets and live earth worms. Absolutely ignores anything else.

So what I have done is start throwing one pellet in the water. I give him 15 minutes. If it is still there, I pull it out and wait till dinner time, and do it again. Rinse repeat. I am on the 2nd day. He has eaten nothing.

Do I continue? Am I doing the correct thing?
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Gaarakilla19 replied the topic: Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

what you do is try to keep him unfed until he eats the pellets try to break him in , you have spoiled him with all the treats , he is only wanting them but u can get him back on pellets if u keep strong and how big is he?
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

Wait him out, Oscar can be very stubborn and act like a spoiled brat. Being healthy to begin with, its highly unlikely he will starve himself. Could take a couple weeks, even longer. They can go a month without eating. Offer nothing for a few days , then try a few pellets. Odds are very good he will accept them eventually.


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MetalHead88 replied the topic: Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

yeah.... it sounds mean but its for his own good.

worms and such are great, but he needs a solid staple food such as pellets
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Noddy replied the topic: Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

my red refused any pellets, just wanted worms.
I gutloaded those with crushed pellets.
Took a year, then he switched to pelllets again. :)
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AZ Steve replied the topic: Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

Like they all say..wait him out Oscar's can go quite awhile with no food. He will give in.. you just gotta outlast him. The O appetite will make him eat
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acdcking12 replied the topic: Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

It is breaking my wife's heart though.

We throw one in, he puts it in his mouth, and it comes right back out, and ignores it.

It is probably 8 inches now. And I admit, I did spoil him. But Ill keep at it. I hope he eventually eats them.
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Gaarakilla19 replied the topic: Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

Here's an idea get some peas and take the shells off them and boil them or however u prepare them and feed them with those and if he eats them throw some pellets in mixed n after that straight pellets possibly? try it
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

What is your water change schedule? I'm sure your changing enough to keep conditions good but I always found the more water I change the more voracious the appetite and they will eat anything that hits the water. What is the water temp? Upper end of the temp range speeds up metabolism and gets them hungry as well. I have always kept them at the upper temp and changed lots of water over the years and never had a problem getting them to take anything offered. I may have just been lucky and not had stubborn fish. Big things with odd texture like mussels is all I ever remember having problems with.


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acdcking12 replied the topic: Re:Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

He is in a 75 gallon. I do 80% water changes every other day. I have the water at 80 degrees F.

He definitely is very stubborn. It really is my fault though.
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