Vitamains for Oscars? Food additives?

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I'd like some information about what you all feed your Oscars for Vitamins (if you do) and how you are administering them. I hear talk of Garlic etc. but I really don't know much about giving them vitamins, how often, what doses and most important, what kind.

I haven't tried making a beef heart compound just yet (sounds like alot of work actually) but I'm sure that vitanims could be added to other foods too.

Slighly off topic, but lately when I feed my two Oscars a tubular shaped pellet food, I can clearly hear them chewing it up from outside the aquarium. They are pretty NOISY as they chomp and grind the food apart and those pellets sure make a mess coming out their mouths and gills in almost powder form. (TetraColor Cichlid Sticks).

This is an area I have alot to learn about so your suggestions would be greatly appreciated. ;)

Ken, 51, NJ-USA (2 Tiger Oscars)
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I have never actually given my Oscars separate vitamins with their food. Personally, I think it's a lot of hard work and could be quite expensive, and at the end of the day, does it really work? After all, humans take vitamins and there is no proof that they actually help. I was taking organic whole food supplements up until recently and I can't honestly say it did anything for me whatsoever.

I think that if you want to make sure you Oscar gets plenty of goodness, give him live food, or freeze-dried food, or even frozen food. Now, when I say live food, I'm not talking about feeders from your local fish store. I'm talking about things like shrimp, bloodworm, worms and any insects you can lay your hands on, obviously being careful that no insecticides are being used in the vicinity of harvesting. There are also lots of foods that contain vitamins. If you try and follow this routine, I don't see any point in spending extra money on vitamins to add to food. Lots of these food, especially live food will contain all the goodness an Oscar needs without having to supplement them. If you are making up a beef heart recipe then I don't see anything wrong with putting vitamins in. Personally, I would add things like shrimp, shellfish and things like that.

Anyway, that's my opinion whether you agree with me or not. I don't suppose I really answered the question, I can't, I don't use vitamins.

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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:Vitamains for Oscars? Food additives?

I have heard people mention "garlic" several times and I was also wondering about that. Do Oscars like garlic? Or all fish? Actually, I'm glad about your answer as I would prefer just to give my fish a good diet period and not worry about things like vitamins as a supplement etc. As always, THANKS! ;)

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OFL replied the topic: Re:Vitamains for Oscars? Food additives?

I have never tried giving my Oscars garlic. I have tried giving them peas but they just spat them out in disgust which wasn't surprising, my new Oscars might accept them. I don't think Oscars are really vegetarians, so to speak. I wouldn't have thought that vegetables would be part of their diet in the wild.

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Mr Cracker replied the topic: Re:Vitamains for Oscars? Food additives?

I know this is an old thread but it is somthing I have intrest in. Adding vitamins to your O's food is not a bad idea. I have done a few things to maximize nutrition and some of you probably have without knowing it.
When using feeders I Qt them for a week or so. While in the qt tank I fatten them up on high grade foods like spiralina and cyclopeze. Both of these are great small foods that are hard to get into our large beasts.
Earth worms the delicacy of fish. I mix good off the shelf fish foods into the soil the worms live in. I don't know how much they eat or acualy retian but I like the idea.
Peas, I have never had an Oscar that didn't like peas. If you get a small bag of frozen peas and quickly run water over them so they remain crunchy in the middle they love them. Peas also clean the digestive track so get your O's on them now so if you have a bloating problem they will already be used to eating them.

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OFL replied the topic: Re:Vitamains for Oscars? Food additives?

Why don't you do an article for the member's articles? I think that this would be of interest to a lot of people. I think a lot of natural food contain some really good vitamins, very much like us eating vegetables. My Oscars would never touch peas, I'll have to try my new ones with them and see what happens. I think they probably would eat them, they eat most things.

Whereabouts in Phoenix do you live? My ex lives in Phoenix, Scottsdale to be precise. We are still very good friends and talk on a regular basis, I'll have to tell her that one of our members lives there.

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Mr Cracker replied the topic: Re:Vitamains for Oscars? Food additives?

Small world isn't it. I live in North Tempe. Scottsdale is a real looonnngggg city she could be a few blocks or 12 miles from me.....LOL

As far as an article I can't promiss anything I don't have the internet at home (by choice, burns up to much time) I only have acess at work durring short down times.

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