August 07, 2002
Stupid Oscar Trick

I bought NEW food for the oscar. Its called "Oscar Grow". Not that I want him bigger, but I feel it should be eating oscar food and just not cichlid flakes.

This is how stupid I am. I tap the tank like I normally do and toss the new food in. It sinks. Oscar is upset that there is NO food at the surface. OK, I'll give it the flakes then *cause I felt bad it was being stupid and not checking the bottom of the tank*

It gets better. I can see it getting angry and start to circle the tank. So I do my tap on the side, it comes to that part of the tank. Meanwhile I have my other hand occupied with a pinch of flakes. I open the lid as fast as I can and toss the flakes onto the top of the tank lid. *SHIT!*

I totally missed. Now I have to do it again. But I think I confused it, cause it was looking for flakes while I reopened the lid and tossed more in.

Now I think I have to go back to flake food.

Posted by Ellen at August 07, 2002 07:41 PM

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I really wanna feed my gourami to your oscar. Just think of the raw entertainment we'd have.

Posted by: melbersnot on August 8, 2002 02:00 AM

ROTFLMAOPIMP over Ellen and the Oscar. Sounds like one scary fishie!(Playing the theme to "Jaw" in the background.)

Posted by: Pat on August 8, 2002 04:57 AM

i was wondering if oscars would eat mice? of course wen they are young the probably only could eat smaller food but what ifi fed him the babie mice would it eat it??

Posted by: rs on September 6, 2003 04:52 AM

I would not reccomend to feed an oscar mice. Oscars are very messy with live food,and you may find yourself with quite a cleanup.

I feed my oscar cat food kibbles, steak, and chicken and pot roast at times.

If you want to have fun with live food, dump a bunch of feeder goldfish in. Oscar will go nuts!

Posted by: Ellen on September 6, 2003 11:38 AM

Actually I feed my Oscars pinky mice all the time. And have found that feeder fish make more of a mess with all the scales floating everywhere. I have even found that the Oscars are healthier on a diet of mice than on feeder fish. There is no blood, however if the pinky mouse is too big...(over 4 days old) my biggest Oscar will tend to bit off the head and leave the body floating around....I just scoop it out and give the cats/dogs a treat. Unfortunately once the pinkies are over 5 days old...all 4 Oscars look at me with the expression of "you're expecting me to put THAT in my mouth" Also my 3 yr old Oscar will eat every part of the pinky but the stomach and much for gut loading the parents for healthy milk.

I find the main drawback in feeding pinkies is that unless you want to spend $2.00 at a LPS per get the joys of keeping multiple mouse tanks, not to mention all that food (I've learned to make my own, don't look in my freezer) and changing the litter every 4 days, cause if you don't, mice aren't the sweetest smelling rodent in the world and excercise wheels and listening to all that squeeking in your bedroom all night long and the constant fighting off the cats and dogs for snackies every time you go near the cages and once they (the breeders)get too old you have to start over with a younger batch of breeder and then wait a month for them to grow up and then another month gestation (what I'm dealing with at the moment) and buying all those feeder fish to get stubbern Oscars to eat (took months to convince my largest 2 to eat processed food).....

Anyways you can think badly of me if you want...but what is the difference between this and feeding snakes?

Posted by: mrmeathead on September 14, 2003 11:28 PM

I don't think badly of you at all. I just can't stand the mess my oscar makes with food. I can't imagine what he would do with the live stuff!

I don't like snakes either! LOL They are a bit too creepy for me. Oscar is all I need right now on the weird and F*&d up scale for me :)

Posted by: Ellen on September 15, 2003 10:15 AM


Acutally I'm thinking of getting a snake too. Cause (like I said) once the baby mousies get too big...then what do I do with them. And males are useless to me (mice) So I need some way of getting rid of them. (though I DO know of a couple of cats and dogs who would LOVE to take a snakes place on that subject)

Last Friday I was in Walmart and (of course, looking at the baby Oscars) and noticed that they were selling live crickets. Yup, I got a pack. 50 adults. Do you know what 50 adult crickets do...especially after the light go out at night? (stupid me placed their 10 gal aquarium at the foot of my bed) Sometimes I think that they deliberatly wait until I get ready to sleep to get into a chirping contest.

You were talking about feeding your Oscar .."steak, and chicken and pot roast at times" how do you deal with the grease in your water?

Posted by: mrmeathead on September 17, 2003 02:02 AM

Oh yeah,I have to be REAL careful about grease in the water. Thats why he gets really small pieces, but frequently to make a satisfying meal. Once he spits the piece out and starts to ignore it, it gets scooped out of the tank.

The crickets sound like a neat idea for a treat. Though I don't think I would want a tank full of crickets in a house with cats. :)

Posted by: Ellen on September 17, 2003 05:14 PM

Say? Do you cook your meat or feed it raw? It's hunting season right now and I go to a local butcher shop that process the big game, from hunting trips. They give away the bones, you just provide the box and last Sat I went and filled up a giant garbage can full of Caribou scraps and bones. 1/2 was meat! (dogs are in heaven on a diet of pure 'bou and salmon at the moment) - anyways I never thought of feeding the meat to the fish.

As for crickets and cats, with the mice in my bedroom too, the cats are used to cages with lids on them. Makes a good bed. Besides they would rather get the mice at this moment. I suppose that it would be different if the crickets got out though! lol

Posted by: mrmeathead on September 18, 2003 01:41 PM

I give it to him either way. He goes ape shit with it raw and if its cooked I do the steak rare, and the chicken fully cooked. :)

Im sure your oscar would really like some scraps!

Posted by: Ellen on September 18, 2003 02:42 PM

Your're right! they do love the raw stuff!! My 3yr spoiled girl Oscar will only eat 1 or 2 pieces before spitting it out. The 2yr old picky boy (oscar) will take 4-5 pieces but the 2 baby hoodlens (gotten in April) love to shove their mouths full. The biggest supprises for me was my 'Red Humped Eartheater' and '4-line Pictus' cat in the baby tank, all 3 baby 'honduran red point(i think)Convicts' and in my 3yr old's tank she had spit out a piece and after I fed everyone else I went back and checked on that chunck and one of the Apple Snails had claimed it! It was gone this morning.

It's too bad they eat such small amts. 'Course I can just feed the leftovers to the dogs/cats. Say? Why do you cook the chicken? (other than the fact that it's too hard to cut up raw)

Oh, and one more thing ....I HATE SNOW!!!!....ARGH!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, it is now Sept 20th and there is snow mixed with the rain that is falling outside!!!! It's been a long time since I have seen snow this early. We have had so many warm Winters. Shoot! Last year even the Iditarod was almost cancelled and had to be greatly diverted because of the lack of snow on the ground over much of that trail.

ARHG!! even more....I just opened the curtains and its snowing even harder.... sigh

Posted by: mrmeathead on September 20, 2003 07:22 PM

Where are you if its snowing already!??

I don't give my Oscar raw chicken for a few reasons.
1.I hate the way it feels- too slimy
2.It clouds the water too fast

But really cause I hate raw chicken :)

Oscar had a buddy once...once. He killed her outright.

My Oscar does have an odd feature though. Ever since he jumped out and got stuck to the floor in the kitchen his jaw is f*&'d up. Its cockeyed. Doesn't stop him from eating though

Posted by: Ellen on September 20, 2003 07:58 PM

Anchorage, Alaska

are you worried re:Salmonella with your fish or yourself for handling the chicken?

I've been lucky so far on the jumping part. Though I had a large Pleco kill my 1st Oscar :( I have a small tank/bowl at work with 1 female betta in it and the last 2 housemates that I put in with her she drove to sucide. Found them on my desk by my phone.

Just got back from the butcher shop...this time got a HUGE amt of meat, along with some nice bones...gonna take hours to wrap up.

Posted by: mrmeathead on September 21, 2003 12:18 AM

Yeah I'm more worried about Salmonella with me. But like I said earlier I just don't like the way raw chicken feels! LOL

Now I don't mind raw beef or even chop meant (which Oscar does like). It's not slimy like chicken.

Do your oscars make nests with their bedding? My oscar digs a deep hole in his rock and actually will dig rocks out from underneath his huge decorative rocks to make them settle in different directions to make a cave. He gets PISSED if I dork with his hole in anyway when I clean his tank.

Posted by: Ellen on September 21, 2003 10:00 AM

The 2 big ones don't mess with their gravel but the babies (I think that I've settled on the names "Kirby and Hoover" for them) have hollowed out a space (down to the UGF) between 2 rocks and I saw one of them trying to push the rocks further apart for make more room. Note the word 'trying'.

Took 5 1/2 hrs to cube and wrap the meat last night (can still feel the squishey feeling of raw thawed meat in my right hand). Good thing my Brother-in-Law let me use his electric knife or I'd still be doing it....

Posted by: mrmeathead on September 22, 2003 12:23 AM

how big should oscars be before you start feeding them goldfish.

Posted by: ozzy oscar on January 6, 2004 12:01 PM

you really shouldnt fee your oscar goldfish but if you want to it doesnt matter how old as long as it fits in there mouth

Posted by: kyle aka cichlid lover on March 5, 2004 12:48 AM

Hi I bought my Oscar some pin head crickets tonight and fed them to him for the 1st time and now he is sitting st the bottom of the tank and will not come up at all not even when I tempt him with food what causes this?
The crickets came from the pet store! Did I do something wrong?

Posted by: Stephanie on January 16, 2005 07:00 PM

dont feed oscars meat at all, there bodies are far cooler than ours and they cant brak down animal fats, in fact the fat hardens in the oscars body and will probably kill it eventually.

stick to pellets and insect/shrimp/prawn treats, pretty much any bug can go in.

in the wild stomach analysis of adult oscars showed they mainly eat insects, the odd seed or bit of vedge and scavange on dead fish etc.

i feed mine loads of crickets and he is doing great and about 11" long

Posted by: simon cooper on May 18, 2005 08:44 AM

Do you feed them live or dead insects? ex. Crickets

Posted by: Jeff on October 3, 2005 09:16 PM

I just got my baby oscar and i don`t know how much and how often i need to feed him. help plz

Posted by: Armando on April 8, 2006 03:09 PM

I have a baby Albino Oscar, I feed him pellets and flakes. He also likes frozen bloodworms. I do not plan on feeding live foods, as thay can be sick and make my oscar sick. He will be strictly on pellets and flakes. Upon dong research, this is the best way to feed and keep them healthy.

Posted by: Vicki on April 19, 2006 08:29 PM

What kind of an idiot feeds a fish pinky's? The fact people actually have Oscars on a diet of feeder fish and pinkies proves they haven't done their homework, and are probably keeping their poor O in a 10 gallon (Animal Cruelty anyone?). I'm their Oscars all have HLLE amongst other pathogens.

My Oscars' diet:
Cichlid/Oscar Pellets* 70%
Herbivore Wafers 10%
Krill 10%
Bloodworms 5%
Tropical Flakes 5%

I occasionally dip his pellets in Vitachem.

With the dates in mind I'm sure the above people's Oscars are long gone, but hopefully others like them will see my post in time (Although I doubt it will make a difference).

Posted by: Half-A-Brain on April 20, 2006 07:31 PM

What kind of an idiot flames on an Oscar forum...o, damn

Posted by: Less-Of-A-Brain on May 18, 2006 01:59 AM

I got tired of hearing crickets chirping..So i got an idea to toss a bag of them in the freezer. My oscar crunches them up like there popcorn. And there not running all over my house anymore..

Posted by: Robert on December 6, 2006 02:16 PM

i like to feed my oscars frogs... these really enjoy these. How often can i feed them frogs?

Posted by: Jono on December 13, 2007 02:13 PM

i like to feed my oscars frogs... these really enjoy these. How often can i feed them frogs?

Posted by: Jono on December 13, 2007 02:13 PM

i don't really reccomend frogs but if your oscar likes them give it to him but you should normaly give them as treats as your oscar might get hooked on them i normaly feed my little girl earthworms she LOVES it

Posted by: ning-nong on October 17, 2008 01:52 AM

I would be inclined to remove the hind legs from a cricket before feeding it to my Oscars; the "pointy parts" of the leg could perforate bowel, and put an end to the Oscar. The death would be slow, and painful.

Posted by: BaggerBob on November 2, 2008 10:05 AM

I would be inclined to remove the hind legs from a cricket before feeding it to my Oscars; the "pointy parts" of the leg could perforate bowel, and put an end to the Oscar. The death would be slow, and painful.

Posted by: BaggerBob on November 2, 2008 10:05 AM

I would be inclined to remove the hind legs from a cricket before feeding it to my Oscars; the "pointy parts" of the leg could perforate bowel, and put an end to the Oscar. The death would be slow, and painful.

Posted by: BaggerBob on November 2, 2008 10:05 AM

albino tiger oscar: Hello i find crickets to be good or feeder fish my pet store gets them and there water is cleaner then my drinking water. put fast fish in the tank its fun to wacth or play with him i pat mine and he hates his filter my oscar is over 12" i paid $50 au and know there harder to get and now he is worth over $500 au i love him i named him Mo Mo. My sister moved and she had an ocsar the same type and size and it was a girl so we put them in the same tank and he ate her WTF

Posted by: Hello ho on December 22, 2008 11:15 AM

hey guys....i got an oscar about 2 months ago and i hate feeding him that craqppy frozen food...mainly because i got him at about a year or so and in the pet shop he only got live lucky me i have a fussy as fuck oscar...grrrr
i have been feeding him feeder fish meal worms garden worms and crickets...but i bought some baby mice to try on him today and i was wondering if there is any certain way i should give them to cute em up? or just whole?? thanks...x

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