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    what would be the best live food to feed my oscars and piranhas... i usually just use feeders but i know that this is not an ideal option.

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    Well, your Oscars need more than just a steady diet of feeders, as do your piranhas. You really need to get them onto some mixed frozen fare and even a high quality pellet food. I realize that Piranhas can be difficult to adapt to pellet food, but the will readily take frozen foods like Beefheart, Bloodworms, and other such meaty frozen goods. Your Oscars will really suffer most from a steady diet of feeders, as they are omnivores that eat a very broad range of foods that ranges from berries, nuts, insects, vegetable matter, and only on a rare occasion should they be given feeders.

    All that said, if you insist on using feeders, your best option for feeding live feeders is to use fish you breed at home like Mollies, Guppies or other livebearers, and you best bet is to "gut-load" them before feeding them. In order to maximize the nutritional value of the feeders, you should try to use them as feeders immediately after feeding them with a high quality pellet food, and you need to even somewhat "over-feed" them. Isolate the feeders you plan to use and only "gut-load" those particular fish. If you insist on using feeders, they need to be something that are only used occasionally, and that means less than once per week. It probably needs to be more like only once per month. Again, I mention all this, but it should be completely unnecessary as you fish do not need live feeders fish, and they will in fact be much healthier without them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ILuvMyGoldBarb
    Well, your Oscars need more than just a steady diet of feeders, as do your piranhas. You really need to get them onto some mixed frozen fare and even a high quality pellet food. I realize that Piranhas can be difficult to adapt to pellet food, but the will readily take frozen foods like Beefheart, Bloodworms, and other such meaty frozen goods. Your Oscars will really suffer most from a steady diet of feeders, as they are omnivores that eat a very broad range of foods that ranges from berries, nuts, insects, vegetable matter, and only on a rare occasion should they be given feeders.

    All that said, if you insist on using feeders, your best option for feeding live feeders is to use fish you breed at home like Mollies, Guppies or other livebearers, and you best bet is to "gut-load" them before feeding them. In order to maximize the nutritional value of the feeders, you should try to use them as feeders immediately after feeding them with a high quality pellet food, and you need to even somewhat "over-feed" them. Isolate the feeders you plan to use and only "gut-load" those particular fish. If you insist on using feeders, they need to be something that are only used occasionally, and that means less than once per week. It probably needs to be more like only once per month. Again, I mention all this, but it should be completely unnecessary as you fish do not need live feeders fish, and they will in fact be much healthier without them.

    hey thanks for the help. right now there on a steady diet of high quality pellet food with some frozen bloodworm cubes about once a week as well. the feeders are usually goldfish and i usually get about 50 every 3.5 weeks.

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    Feeder goldfish carry disease. I would not take the chance on feeding them to my fish. You also don't want your Oscars to get HITH from being on an unbalanced diet.

    (I copied this from the web:) "Provide a wide variety of processed, frozen, and freeze dried foods and occasionally offer the Piranha fresh green vegetables, such as sliced raw zucchini, spinach, and pieces of raw potato. Your fish should be able to consume all the food you offer within two minutes of feeding (the exception to this being fresh vegetables, which can be left for several hours before starting to decay)."

    I also read they like the scales and fins of other fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    Feeder goldfish carry disease. I would not take the chance on feeding them to my fish. You also don't want your Oscars to get HITH from being on an unbalanced diet.

    (I copied this from the web:) "Provide a wide variety of processed, frozen, and freeze dried foods and occasionally offer the Piranha fresh green vegetables, such as sliced raw zucchini, spinach, and pieces of raw potato. Your fish should be able to consume all the food you offer within two minutes of feeding (the exception to this being fresh vegetables, which can be left for several hours before starting to decay)."

    I also read they like the scales and fins of other fish.
    i have fed most of these to my fish...all with success...they are not fussy...what im trying to find is a live food to keep them busy lol...a dither fish if you will.

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