Well I am in the process of getting some large cichlids so I thought I should double check what the best things for them to eat are! What will be in the tank: 1 Oscar 1 gold severum 1 chocolate cichlid 6-8 red-tailed tinfoil barbs So foods I have access to and can buy: Staple- NLS cichlid formula pellets NLS Thera A pellets NLS algae wafers Omega one shrimp pellets Freeze dried- Omega one tubifex worms Omega one bloodworms Omega one brine shrimp Frozen- Beef heart Bloodworms Live- Crickets Mealworms Earthworms Blackworms So my questions: 1. Should I be feeding NLS Thera A and cichlid formula or would just the Thera A be ok for a staple diet? 2. How do you feed live foods? I mean I don't have to chop them up or anything do I? Do I just drop them in the tank or do I hold them with a pair of tweezers? 3. What are some good veggies or fruits besides the normal lettuce, peas, cucumber and zucchini? 4. Are any of the above listed foods not suitable? I was thinking meaty foods 1-2 per week and veggies/fruits 1-2 per week with the pellets being the staple food. Sorry for all the questions but I really want to give them a varied diet so they are happy and healthy!