Oscar Diet & Feeding Guidelines

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black,orangeoscar replied the topic: Re: Oscar Diet & Feeding Guidlines

+ avoidence of avocado due to the high fat content. And shouldn't oranges and tomatoes be avoided due to acidity?
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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: Oscar Diet & Feeding Guidlines

hey let me throw a question out there

"Is food for optimal growth the same as the amount of nutrition a oscar would get in the wild?"

My thought is no

and is NLS going to be number one pellet?

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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: Oscar Diet & Feeding Guidlines

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ehall67 wrote: wow where did you find that rock?


Ask Nina ;)


lol Ill shoot her a PM

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DC5DREWSKY replied the topic: Re: Oscar Diet & Feeding Guidlines

I'm trying to feed my Os and SDs veggies...but they just don't seem to like it. I've tried peas for my Os and they will ALWAYS spit it out. I tried cucumbers too but didn't work. Haven't tried lettuce yet but I doubt it will work. I'm currently using the Hikari Gold Cichlid large pellets as a staple and give the Os SDs JD and tinfoil barbs small cooked frozen shrimps sometimes as treats. I do want them to eat veggies...but I guess I won't be able to
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re: Oscar Diet & Feeding Guidlines

You can try Frozen Emerald Entree by San Francisco Bay. They have it at Petco and Petsmart.
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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: Oscar Diet & Feeding Guidlines

Disk peas in garlic!

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JasonR replied the topic: Re: Oscar Diet & Feeding Guidlines

ehall67 wrote: hey let me throw a question out there

"Is food for optimal growth the same as the amount of nutrition a oscar would get in the wild?"

My thought is no

and is NLS going to be number one pellet?


Eddie I have been pondering this myself a lot lately since there are so many variables involved. The foods we give (especially pellets) are packed with far more calories than what they might get in the wild on a daily basis. Then you factor in how much less active they are in an aquarium versus the wild. Then you must define optimum growth which is not the same as getting them to grow as big as possible but rather a good growth rate but at the same time a healthy fish. The problem is what constitutes a healthy fish and how do you truly determine how healthy the fish is just by looking at it. This is def a tough one imo.
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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: Oscar Diet & Feeding Guidlines

im the same been thinking a lot on this also ... no I do not want a unhealthy fish (die in 4 years) ... but with that being said ...

in our artificial environment why can we not create a fish with every advantage that would allow us to grow them bigger in the wild... no predators , as much food as it can use... I mean I thought more about it swimming for exercise and some fish live in VERY slow moving waters and it is not hard to swim though they stay in one place all day and might come out early morning and dusk... or only during the day and are un the reeds the rest of the day or only out at night you get the drift...

fish are not always active and for opportunistic eaters like oscars in the wild they would not turn down a meal any more than hey would here.... so how much can we really give them to get the biggest "Show" oscars? or even other fish... I think it is more than a few pellets a day.. yes that would keep them alive 10+ years maybe ( not to mention if disease hits the tank or they just have bad genetics or anything else bad that happens) so maybe they never reach their full size and potential you know?

I mean Oz for example eats b4 the other fish but he does not eat everything in the tank they is tons left for other fish he eats and then goes on his way... I feed many foods not just one so many he is ready to find something else IDK just like int he wild if their were 100 bugs that feel in the water the oscar would eat his fill and move on maybe go hid the rest of the day because he no longer needs to feed and can reduce risk of being hunted by hiding now?

I just think their is much more to this story that what we are saying because I wont like I would love to have a huge oscar and there has to be a way ( ik genes are important) but still


what do you think sorry for the book but I have been thinking a lot

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Rocksor replied the topic: Re: Oscar Diet & Feeding Guidlines

ehall67 wrote:
and is NLS going to be number one pellet?


No, because it contains ethoxyquin in much higher amounts that is allowable for humans to consume (0.5ppm). A lot of fish food contains this. The only number 1 pellet I can think of is the one you make.
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JasonR replied the topic: Re: Oscar Diet & Feeding Guidlines

I completely understand what you're saying Eddie. How much can we feed an Oscar to get them as big as possible but at the same time keep them healthy. Frankly we'll never know that answer.

My goal here is to create a guide that will help keep an Oscar healthy. I guess when it comes down to it if a person wants to get more growth than what they are getting using these guidelines it's really up to them. I think when it comes to overall health what we've come up with so far seems reasonable, do you agree?
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