Oscar eating shrimp

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by SuzanaBanana, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. SuzanaBanana

    SuzanaBananaValued MemberMember

    Has anyone had good experiences feeding their Oscar shrimp?
    If so, what kind, size, how often, and how is that more/less beneficial?
  2. codyrex97

    codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

    Something that applies to all feeder fish and other live food is not to use anything caught wildly, but a lot of people also shy away from store bought feeder fish/live food because you never know what diseases it may or may not have, leading you to want to quarantine it before feeding just like you would before adding a fish, but that takes time. A good option is if you wanna do live food, raising it yourself is a good option because then you know what condition it's in.

    I'd imagine an Oscar would eat shrimp. Larger oscars can even eat cray fish.

    I don't know if this applies to shrimp but with feeder fish people don't recommend feeding live fish to your Oscar too often as that can lead to the Oscar getting fat. High Quality pellets tend to have all the good stuff a fish needs.

    I don't know what you've been feeding him but Hikari floating pellets are great. The Hikari Gold series comes in small medium and large pellets. A full grown Oscar would eat the large pellets of course. But that's off topic.

    Hopefully somebody with experience actually feeding shrimp to Oscar can give you some more info!
  3. Xavierdickenson

    XavierdickensonNew MemberMember

    Our Oscar ate a 15cm black shark!
  4. OP

    SuzanaBananaValued MemberMember

    Ive been feeding him store brand cichlid pellets, while i investigate on a good food brand. I dont plan on feeding him live food often due to that same reason (i want him to live a long happy healthy life)

    Right now that he's small we've given him blood worms as a treat. Im really more curious as to what other options as far as snacks go, cuz i know that bloodworms will only be ok for so often,

    I was thinking of having some ghost shrimp as a snack for him every so often, maybe keeping them in a separate 10 gallon
  5. hampalong

    hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    Store brand food is never usually a good option. The best manufacturers don't make food for other people.

    Shrimp are a great food for Oscars. You can also feed insects (a big part of their natural diet), worms, pieces of white fish (cod, haddock etc), and any meaty frozen fish foods. But get a good quality pellet as a staple. Store brand foods are cheap for a reason.

  6. codyrex97

    codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

    Off topic, good non-live foods are
    Hikari Cichlid Gold Pellets
    Tetra Cichlid Sticks
    Tetra Jumbo Krill
  7. OP

    SuzanaBananaValued MemberMember

    I meant the store brand i guess from the pet store lol
    But ya i knw thats still not very good for them.

    Thanks for all the help!!

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