Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

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Gaarakilla19 replied the topic: Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

try this out and let us know! ;o if this works i might make a sticky for this because maybe this could work or atleast have a better chance to get oscars on pellets

Gaarakilla19 wrote: Here's an idea get some peas and take the shells off them and boil them or however u do eat 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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Gaarakilla19 replied the topic: Re:Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

Everything u said sounds perfect, what are your ammonia nitrites and nitrates?

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

acdcking12 wrote: 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.

That's lots of fresh water and temps not bad. I usually keep them at 82. You just have a stubborn fish that needs some food training. Good luck and try starving him for 4-5 days and then throw some pellets in if you haven't tried this already. Even if you have do it a few times. He will come around.


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streetsmart73 replied the topic: Re:Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

hi there


1. yes, you have one Oscar with some attitude.
2. I would starve it for at least 3 days.
3. thereafter, try the pellets again but in small quantity.
4. now, who's the boss!

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

Well, some good news. He now flares up and slams into the glass when my wife comes around. So now he hates the whole family. Laugh

Still will not eat pellets. He is up to a total of 5 days roughly. I'll keep at it. I hope he doesn't die from starvation since he is so stubborn. Laugh
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

A wee drop of garlic extract on pellets might fire up his taste buds.


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Gaarakilla19 replied the topic: Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

Hey dave have you or anyone ever tried the way i offered? idk its worth a try i never tried it cause my oscar always ate pellets but try the boiled peas first if he accepts one then mix it in with some pelelts n get him on pellets after that , he might like the peas mushyness and taste then go for the pellets

Suprd71 wrote: A wee drop of garlic extract on pellets might fire up his taste buds.

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

I tried the pea trick. He spit that out. I tried the extract. He spit that out. I threw in 1 single freeze dried cricket and it was gone in a flash. So nothing wrong with him. Definitely just stubborn as I have ever seen. It is crazy.

I have kept his tank clean as possible. He just doesn't want anything but what he thinks is the good stuff. Laugh

My wife is worried that he will starve to death. As I go near his tank and he slaps his tail at me as I clean the tank, I think he is far from that. It has only now been 7-8 days total. Leave it to my wife to pick out the craziest Oscar I have ever seen.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

Gonna be a hard-ass it seems. Taking what you offer is a good sign, he wants food, just being a punk! Show him who's boss. You gave him a cricket and lost that round. Re-group and go at him again!


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Gaarakilla19 replied the topic: Major problem with my Oscar eating pellets

If he doesn't come out of this i suggest you buy some kind of worms and let them eat pellets as their natural diet and feed your O them worms

Suprd71 wrote: Gonna be a hard-ass it seems. Taking what you offer is a good sign, he wants food, just being a punk! Show him who's boss. You gave him a cricket and lost that round. Re-group and go at him again!

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