Crickets vs guppies or minnows

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My Oscar Shelby is around 4-5 months old (judging by his size) we have had him for a month we feed him 10-12 hikari gild mini pellets in the morning, 8-10 mid-day and either a cricket or a guppy (I breed them myself) in the evening as a treat, he is very happy and active and eats well is this schedule ok? Just want to be the best Oscar mom I can be!!

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Crickets vs guppies or minnows

That routine sounds ok. The guppy treat is generally not recommended. Nothing much for nutrition, prob more of a fun thing for Shelby to hunt down. A wider variety of diet will help the fish. For live treats try an earthworm, mealworm. Incorporate some veg based feed. NLS Algaemax , Northfin kelp wafers, Omega1 veggie rounds are very beneficial to Oscars digestive system. Toss him a piece of fruit. Orange, banana, mango, pears are all very good and natural. Freeze dried krill offers high protein and high fiber. In another couple of months, when Shelby gets to 6-7ins, I would make feedings once a day, and skip one day a week. Just to add.. guppies from your own tank are probably safe, but NEVER feed minnows, goldfish or the like from pet shops. A certain recipe for the contraction of parasites and other diseases.


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Thank you for the advice. I will start adding some vege based "treats" for Shelby but keep the hikari gold pellets as the main diet
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Crickets vs guppies or minnows

I also feed some raw fish, most often Tilapia. Its the cheapest thing in the grocers fish section. Shrimp too if you wanna blow some extra dough. Liquid vitamin is a great addition as well. Boyds Vitachem or Seachem Nourish. Soaks into freeze drieds and fish very well. Particularly effective in strengthening bone structure in the young cichlid. Fast growing Oscars benefit from its use in my experience. Few drops saturated into a meal a couple times a week does a good job


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