Want to vary Oscar diet but not sure best way

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At the moment i am giving my Oscar Frozen Bloodworms, Mosquito Fish and Mealworms, changing it up every day. I wish to add some sort of pellets, Shrimp, Prawns, Krill and Peas and alternate throughout the week. He fasts one day a week to help his digestion. I'm just wondering how to go about adding more nutrition to his diet. He is roughly between 7-8 inches

Pellets:
The local pet shop has cichlid pellets or flakes, which is better and does it matter what brand? How many should i give him a day?

Peas:
How many should i give him a day and how regularly? Do i just buy a bag of frozen peas and give him that?

Shrimp, Prawns and Krill:
Are they better fresh or frozen and can the oscar eat the shells?

Sorry for all the questions, any other food suggestions would be welcomed. :)
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Want to vary Oscar diet but not sure best way

Yes it is best to have the fish on a varied diet. I would eliminate all frozen food, as it is generally a high content of moisture. Replace, as treats, with freeze dried. Krill and shrimp are good. Peas offer little in nutrition, they act more as a laxitive. No need to offer those regularly. Quality pellets are recommended as the Oscars staple diet. Northfin, NLS, Omega1, Hikari, Dainichi are some of the better brands. Some form of veg based pellet is a good part of Oscars meals. Northfin Kelp, Omega1 veggie rounds, NLS Algeamax do a good job in this area. Live earthworms, mealworms and crickets usually go over very well. Try some fruit like orange pear mango and banana. Vitamin C very important to Oscar


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Wildheart2896 replied the topic: Want to vary Oscar diet but not sure best way

I'll be going to a different pet shop tomorrow so i'll see if they have anything freeze dried otherwise i'll just order online. I can get live Woodies and Crickets from the petshop along with the mealworms though i have tried Woodies before and he didn't seem to impressed, i think they were to big for him at the time so i'll try again. Just a couple cut up pieces of fruit a day?
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DRACO replied the topic: Want to vary Oscar diet but not sure best way

in my case, i gave all my oscars anything available alternately...
from frozen shrimps, herring, pellets, pork kidney and assorted veggies...
almost all pellets are formulated for nutrient's need of fish in captivity,
thus pricing may play an important consideration...

yes... oscar can take shrimps with shell on... just slice the shrimps into
bite size... same with the frozen herring!
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