View Full Version : feeding oscar

07-17-2006, 12:07 AM
I have had my oscar for two weeks now, he is about 2-3 inches long, he only eats blood worms which i ffed only small amounts, cooked shrimp, dried shrimp, ghost shrimp and beefheart, he refuses to eat his pellets and flakes also any vegs, is there anything i can do? worried there is something missing in his diet, also my water readings are Ph 7.2 Ammonia 0ppm, nitrite .50 nitrate 5.0, have had the tank for 2 weeks, and is a 55 gall, i use Stability, and done one 20% water change, is there anything wrong? thanks

07-17-2006, 06:48 PM
I would like to se lower nitrite/nitrate levels in the tank.

You might want to feed a little less.

Also the only way to get him to eat pellets might be to stop giving him all that tasty food for a while. (untill he starts eating pellets.)

07-17-2006, 10:41 PM
Thanks, i ffed him once day, but he beggs all the time, i am worried he will starve himself if i dont give him what i know he will eat, but i will stop the good grub for a little while and see what happens with the pellets, would more frquent water changes be ok to get the levels down? thanks for all your help.

07-17-2006, 10:45 PM
He will always beg for more and will eat much more than he actually needs. you will have to show restraint for him otherwise he'll become fat which is unhealthy.

You can feed him 2-3 a day since he is young and no more than he can eat in 2 minutes. only feed him once a day once he grows older.

07-17-2006, 11:20 PM
Thanks for quick reply, will do what you advised, one last question, i read that you can give them flies, are they ok to have them? worried about germs and stuff, i tried to find some small earthworms in the garden but couldnt find any,, yuck, would he eat a cricket? i can get them at the lfs. this is a wonderful site, so helpful , i love my fish.

07-18-2006, 02:13 AM
Thanks for the kind words-

I don't think you need to worry about flies and germs on behalf of the fish. Might not be to good for you though. He will like crickets if he is large enough to eat them.