Hello all. I am new to this forum. This is my first post.
I am looking to purchase an Oscar fish and would like as much knowledge on these fish as possible. I am going to make this board as clear as possible. THE TANK:
I am aware Oscars require large tanks. I have a 35 gallon and will upgrade to a 75 gallon if need be. The fish will start off in the 35, though. It measures a width of 35 inches. THE FISH:
Although I have not yet decided on the color Oscar I would like, (Tiger, Albino Tiger or Red) I will be purchasing this fish at a size no larger than two inches. THE DIET:
Varied diets are very benificial to all fish and will provide quicker growth in Oscars if vitamin-rich. As far as diet goes, I was planning on this;
Two days of pellets One day of live Mollies
Two days of pellets One day of frozen foods
Two days of pellets One day of live Worms/Insects
Two Days of pellets One day of Greens
Two days of pellets Crab as a novelty.
This juvenile will be fed twice a day and once he/she reaches nine inches in length, only once a day.
I refuse to feed beefheart as this is not nessicary and it goes against my ways. I am a vegan and the things I have listed below are as far as I am willing to go as far as feeding goes.
I will be breeding Mollies as feeders rather than buying Goldfish from the petshop. This way I can ensure health. I will also purchase vitamins if needed to give the Mollies before they are fed to my fish. I can also give the Oscar bigger fish as he gets older this way.
The pellets will be a mix of Sinking/Floating HBH Oscar Grow, Hikari Cichlid Gold and Shrimp Pellets.
The crab will have the claw removed before it is placed in the tank and purchased at the petshop.
Greens will be; Peas (frozen right out of the bag), Algae wafers, Zucchini and Grapes.
Frozen foods will include; Bloodworms, Krill and Shrimp.
Worms and Insects will be live Mealworms, Earthworms, and Crickets.
If you see an issue with this diet, please let me know. If I need to space out the 'specialty' food items more, I would also like you to let me know. SUBSTRATE:
There will be gravel substrate in the tank. Sand is not an option. FILTRATION:
For this tank, an undergravel filter will be used. QUESTIONS:
What kind of crab should I give him/her and from where? Should I buy it frozen from the market, or should I use live fiddlers with the claw removed? If I buy the crab from the market, how long will it stay good for and what kind/cut of crab should I purchase?
What name brands of vitamins should I purchase for my feeders?
3.) Goldfish Feeders:
Is it true that goldfish have serrated spines that can potentially harm the fish they are fed to and can cause more problems due to bacteria that can cause immune sytem deficiency, malnutrition and other health issues as well as any diseases intoduced by the goldfish itself?
Do I have a pretty good basic understanding of the Astronotus Ocellatus? OTHER:
If you have any input on something I may have missed or am misinformed about, please feel free to speak your mind. That is the sole reason I created this board. I would like to be as informed as possible before I even start cycling my tank. If you wish to contact me privately, you may PM me for my e-mail address or AIM. You may also just contact me through PM.