Fussy Oscars

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I feed my two Oscars a variety of things. I have them on two types of Pellets (Cichlid Gold & Top Fin), bloodworms and I just introduced them to brine shrimp. I just got them the Cichlid Gold Pellets last Friday and they ate them without any hesitation. Now, since yesterday (Saturday), they have completely turned their nose up at it. One will hesitantly eat Top Fin and that's it! The other won't eat the Pellets at all. However, if I were to drop some bloodworms in the tank, he'll devour them. Now I know that feeding them bloodworms all the time isn't good and I don't, a couple times a week they'll get them. One doesn't even want that and with the other oscar, that's all he wants. So I have no idea what to do. I read the Thread above about the Oscars not eating and to let them go without food so they'll submitt. So should I still do that? I am very much aware that Oscars want to appear like they are starving and I know mine are very good at this tactic but they really do look like they are starving. They are glued to the top of the tank waiting for something and when I come by they start swimming really fast and get real excited. They never did this before. I'm totally confused by these guys :unsure:
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This can be a problem, normally when Oscars get a little bigger. This is why giving them a varied diet is a good idea. To be quite honest, I couldn't tell you why they suddenly turn their noses up at a food, I don't think anyone could give you a conclusive answer. From all the fish I've kept, Oscars are the only fish that do this, all the other fish I've got will eat whatever you give them. Anyway, starving them is probably the best way to get them to eat something. Just remember that fish can go without food for quite a long time, a few weeks actually. So even if you didn't feed him five days, he wouldn't come to any harm whatsoever. I sometimes treat Oscars like little children, if they won't eat their dinner, they get nothing else. If he is a healthy Oscar, he will eat. Try dropping in one or two pellets, don't drop too many and that once. I think that sometimes making the fish think there's hardly any food can help entice them to eat.

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they can go a long time without food even if they are babies? they'll put the pellets in their mouths and chew it for a second then spit whats left of it out and all the remains of it too then goes back up to the top of the tank and waits for something else.
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Obviously babies are still growing so need to eat food to enable them to grow properly. I'm surprised that your babies are rejecting food like this. All the oscars I've ever have have eaten anything you give to them. Try getting some frozen shrimps and maybe some frozen small fish that the fish shops sell. See how they get along with those. I would persevere with the pellets. It's difficult to the elderly sometimes, there are lots of different food on the market, it can make quite expensive buying loads of it just because you're Oscars don't like one particular type. You could try different types and see how they get on. Personally, I would feed them the pellets, if they don't eat them, don't feed them anything else. When you do feed them, just that they couple of pellets in. Maybe just feed them once a day.

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yeah it can get expensive, but thanks i will try to keep on him about the pellets. i know he's waiting for the bloodworms or brine shrimp but oh well he gets pellets for now ;)
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