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PostSubject: Ham for Oscar??   Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:48 pm

hi all
can i give Oscar a small piece of ham please??
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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:42 am

I wouldnt. I think it's best to give them fish specific good, mixed flake, pellets, dried and frozen foods. I know some also feed them live food - small goldfish, guppies etc, but I dont like the sound of that tbh.

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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:56 am

Thanks Diane oooh nooooo i couldnt feed live stuff No not my thing
up to now hes had frozen blood worm. flakes. prawns.
i will get some of the pellets for him hiria gold or something they call them.
im sure lfs will know where i got him from.
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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:00 am

That sounds like a good mix of food chez. I am not sure if oscars are like other fish and will eat some veggies too - hopefully someone else will let you know about that Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:10 am

Ive never understood how people can do that - it just not needed. I have seen some idiots put vids on youtube showing it and they think its a bit of a laugh Evil or Very Mad

Theres plenty of food available for fish, theres no need to throw a guppy in for them to chew on is there
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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:27 am

Here is a good read for you chez Smile

taken from the same site - Though Oscars will take live foods, feeding live goldfish is always a bad idea. Feeder goldfish are not a very nutritious food, and they are a good way to spread disease to your beloved Oscars

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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:05 am

I'd say no to the ham but yes to fresh prawns, scallops or mussels. Yum. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:44 am

have never fed my cichlids ham before but they have had prawns, lance fish, beef heart, squid rings and cooked chicken.

my oscar has also tasted reed fish. he has an unfortunate taste for fully grown tiger barbs Crying or Very sad much to my disapointment one morning when he ate 8 in one night.
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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:28 am

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my oscar has also tasted reed fish. he has an unfortunate taste for fully grown tiger barbs much to my disapointment one morning when he ate 8 in one night.

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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:17 pm

Surely there is no need to give alive fish as a food? Doesn't the food you can buy in the shops give them all they need?

I would hate to see that Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:59 pm

I don't think there is a need for it & if it was absolutely necessary, i'd not keep the fish personally Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:52 am

reginald the oscar took it upon himself to eat my beloved reed fish and tiger barbs.

he didn't so much as eat the reed fish just chewed them up a bit.

he gets all the nutrition he need in all the frozen and prepared foods he gets just has had an extra munch at my stock a couple of times. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:53 am

Well, that's oscars for you Very Happy

It's amazing just how quick some fish can munch through another. I know sometimes I have lost a couple of fish and there is just no sign of them at all - they just seem to vanish overnight!

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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:42 am

Diana wrote:
I know sometimes I have lost a couple of fish and there is just no sign of them at all - they just seem to vanish overnight!

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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:05 am

yes it is unfortunate. i find these are the problems i have now with my big cichlids. i have to be very careful what i introduce and at what size. my 8 inch oscar can easily much 3-4 inch fish including other juvinile cichlids i might want to add.
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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:13 pm

wow, that is some size for a fish isnt it?? affraid

I am sorry if this is mentioned somewhere else, but what is your tank set up/occupants? Have you posted pics of it, it would be great to see it Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:29 am

I am not putting anything in with O Elvis
i know he is going to get very Big so im not going to take that chance.
he's going to be a loner bless...
he seems happy enough.
i have just had to empty the tank half way i thought he had dissapered i looked everywhere he was no where in sight.
i mean how can i lose 1 3 1/2 inch fish. Rolling Eyes
i found him tight up against the filter box
now i dont know if he was stuck or resting,
but he seems ok now.
1 FISH CAUSING ALL THIS.LOL
talk about panick..... i thought i had lost him.
ah well this weeks water change is done.lol
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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:31 am

gary wrote:
yes it is unfortunate. i find these are the problems i have now with my big cichlids. i have to be very careful what i introduce and at what size. my 8 inch oscar can easily much 3-4 inch fish including other juvinile cichlids i might want to add.

love to see pics Gary
see what i have coming.lol
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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:03 am

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love to see pics Gary
see what i have coming.lol

how big is your oscar now.

believe me it won't take long before yours will be huge. i bought mine at about 5 inches around 2-3 months ago

he's in my avator but i'll start a thred later with some piccys
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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:13 pm

aww hes lovely
mines only diddy 3 1/2
had him 3 weeks but i can see hes grown a bit.
just hope hes not a really fast grower as o/h has to build
the new set up yet.
thats o/h christmas holiday sorted... Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:30 pm

I managed to get a couple of better pics





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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:48 pm

ah, he looks great - nice colouration too.

Thanks for the pics chez Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:44 am

what a lovely little fish, he looks great Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Ham for Oscar??   Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:59 am

Gorgeous colouration. fish

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