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Hi all, I'm a newbie to this. Been keeping oscars for 2 years now. However I wasn't very good to start with. A very steep learning curve resulting in some deaths due to my lack of knowledge. I have learn't that 1st of all you need to do regular water changes and to test the water. I used to do it every 3 months- its surprising how long they can go for before they start acting funny- all lethargic- 100% water change and he was back to normal


Also a diet of mostly lambs heart(couldn't get beef heart) isn't good, something to do with the wrong sort of fats- the net effect being my oscar died



I feed my oscars tackle shop maggots twice a week, frozen prawns(defrosted) once a week, hikari cichlid gold once a week and pond pellets twice a week( they are cheap)and nothing for a day. i was wondering what you all thought of this diet. If the weather is right for catching earthworm they get these instead. Is this diet ok or should i change it and if so what to.????


Interestingly my local fish shop sold me my first oscar even tho i told him that i only had a 3ft x 1ft x 1ft tank and only did water changes ever 3 months(community fish seemed ok with this)altho he did tell me he would out grow this tank

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Welcome to the site

Everybody has their own opinion and feeding regime. In my opinion, an Oscars diets in captivity should consist mainly of good quality pellets, around 80% , maybe a little more. Hikari Cichlid Gold is a good choice. Tetra also make some really nice food sticks that my Oscars really do like a lot. I feed small frozen Lance fish a couple of times a week, shrimp and krill as well.

Maggots are good, earthworms are brilliant. Can't see you doing anything wrong

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Will try the tetra sticks. Great site. I have learn't loads


Best way to get earthworms is thus


Wait for a day that is rains a lot in during the day and preferably is still raining in the evening. Go out into the garden with a torch and a bucket. The worms will be laying out on the grass(best keep the grass short so you can see them). Sneak up on them and grab them. Sometimes the torch light scares them and they go into the ground. But don't just yank or you will snap them in half. Hold them with some pressure till they slide out. You will get the hang of it after a few goes. If you don't want the earth in you tank cut the top and bottom off and squeeze the earth out along the worms length. Don't let you g-friend or wife use pesticides on the garden tho. However as a fish keeper you don't need to buy fertilizer as all the nitrogen in the nitrates from your water changes is a good fertilizer for plants


If you get too many worms for more than one feeding you can keep them alive by putting them in a container(preferably with some sort of top to stop them getting out and birds getting in) with damp newspaper


My neighbours think i am mad going into the garden when its raining shining a torch on the ground!!!!!

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Where do you get your shrimp from and whats krill and where do you get if from. i do like to feed my fish a varied diet

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:laugh: I have to when you talk about collecting worms. Quite a few years ago, actually in the late 70s when I first got into angling I used to live in Luton in Bedfordshire. I am assuming you know where Luton is because I think you may be in the United Kingdom. Firstly, most Americans call their garden the backyard, and they tend to refer to worms as nightcrawlers. Anyway, back to what I was saying. There was a huge sports field that belong to the local school in front of our houses. There were couple of football pitches on it and when it rained, all the worms used to come out on the goalmouth. There were literally hundreds, thousands of them. You should have seen these guys, they were like snakes, absolutely massive. And the really ironic thing is, I never used to collect them for fishing, I only used to use maggots in those days. If only I knew how good they were for bait. Mind you, I was only around nine or 10 at the time.

I get all my food from the aquatic shop that I use a lot of the time. To be quite honest, I couldn't tell you off the top of my head who makes a lot of the frozen food use, they tend to change companies quite a lot. One company that I have used in the past is called Gamma, they make some really good stuff, especially big kril. Oscars go absolutely mad for this.

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delboybully replied the topic: Re:Feeding

Yes I am in Enlgand, Luton is just up the road for me. Another thing with worms is to keep the grass in your garden short so you can see them easier. A side effect of this is a happy g-friend/wife because you are always keeping the grass short



Found a local fish shop that sells krill but at the mo they are out of stock. Gonna get some when they get some in

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The girlfriend wouldn't be very happy if she found the worms in the fridge, which is where you are supposed to keep them if you don't want them to die too quickly.

I never forget the time when I brought a pint of maggots back home when I lived in Luton, I put them on the back step and my mom kicked them all over the place. She still reminds me about that today when I'm going fishing. And then more recently somebody didn't put the top on the box of maggots properly and they fell over in the back of my car. As soon as the weather started getting warmer, they all hatched and I came home one evening to find around 10,000 flies in my house. Managed to kill them all with a mosquito burner. The only good thing about the whole situation is I knew that none of them had been sitting on a dog turd before they came in my house.:laugh:

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I would not even dare mention keeping worms in the fridge. Not after the no i got after asking if its ok to keep maggots in there. Something along the lines of if i do all the food in there is chucked ,thats if she decided not to move out!!!!!!

I shall have to stick to keeping them in a box with damp newspaper in the shed where the maggots live



I tipped a maggot box over in my dads car as a kid. He was not happy. Everytime, over the following week, when he got in the car there was a fly or two in there. They dont all hatch at the same time ooops

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I can quite understand your dad being a bit fed up. You are quite right, they don't all hatch at once. I had flies in my car for absolutely ages after. If someone annoys you, chuck a pint of maggots through their letterbox when they are on holiday. :ohmy: Not that I've ever done it

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