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Old 11-28-2009, 02:04 AM   #11
 
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Awww..what a cut little guy. Your daughter looks like a proud mama! lol

But yeah,when you bring a new fish home float the bag in the tank for 15-20 minutes. Then open it and add about 1/2 cup of your tank water to the bag about every 5-10 minutes about 4 or 5 times so your fish can get used to your tank water. Then gently net the fish out of the bag to release into your tank. Don't dump the water from the bag into your tank as you don't want any nasties from the LFS water to get into your tank.
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:57 PM   #12
 
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Awww..what a cut little guy. Your daughter looks like a proud mama! lol

But yeah,when you bring a new fish home float the bag in the tank for 15-20 minutes. Then open it and add about 1/2 cup of your tank water to the bag about every 5-10 minutes about 4 or 5 times so your fish can get used to your tank water. Then gently net the fish out of the bag to release into your tank. Don't dump the water from the bag into your tank as you don't want any nasties from the LFS water to get into your tank.
She is indeed, she is very happy, we went out and bought some live plants for his tank, I know Oscars
tend to rip them apart, but I also read each Oscar is diff, so will see what happens, he seems to like the hinding spots they create, so I think he might leave them be, for now anyways. he is doing okay,
he is not eating alot he's taken a few flakes of food, but then again he has only been home for 3 days, we have pellets, and flakes, we even tired a small tetra of mine, he chased it for a min then gave up. Anyone got some ideas, on how long it should take him to eat?, or what we can try?

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Old 11-29-2009, 01:28 AM   #13
 
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Fish will more than likely eat when it gets hungry enough. I would feed foods rich in protein while the fish is small and include some foods with vegetable matter. Freeze dried and or frozen shrimp,and krill (chopped) can be offered along with live chopped night crawlers.
Do take care to remove any uneaten food either with gravel vaacum, or with turkey baster. Uneaten food left in the tank WIL cause water quality to suffer. Check for levels of ammonia and nitrites which should read zero all day, every day and keep nitrAtes at no higher than 20 with weekly 30 percent water changes, using a good dechlorinator such as those that detoxify Chlorine,Chloramines,and Ammonia.
I would steer clear of offering live feeder fish for health reasons. IMHO
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:34 AM   #14
 
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Fish will more than likely eat when it gets hungry enough. I would feed foods rich in protein while the fish is small and include some foods with vegetable matter. Freeze dried and or frozen shrimp,and krill (chopped) can be offered along with live chopped night crawlers.
Do take care to remove any uneaten food either with gravel vaacum, or with turkey baster. Uneaten food left in the tank WIL cause water quality to suffer. Check for levels of ammonia and nitrites which should read zero all day, every day and keep nitrAtes at no higher than 20 with weekly 30 percent water changes, using a good dechlorinator such as those that detoxify Chlorine,Chloramines,and Ammonia.
I would steer clear of offering live feeder fish for health reasons. IMHO

Thanks,

We have some pellets and Flakes for him, we offer it, if he doesn't eat them, we remove it, I am also
getting the water tested again today, just to make sure all is still well.

So I shouldn't feed him any live food?, what about small minows or gupies?,

Thanks for the info :)
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:44 AM   #15
 
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Thanks,

We have some pellets and Flakes for him, we offer it, if he doesn't eat them, we remove it, I am also
getting the water tested again today, just to make sure all is still well.

So I shouldn't feed him any live food?, what about small minows or gupies?,

Thanks for the info :)
Nutritionally live fish are not the best foods to offer as most feeder fish are not fed correctly so they hold very little nutritional value. This doesn't even factor in the potential for introducing diseases...
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:52 AM   #16
 
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Nutritionally live fish are not the best foods to offer as most feeder fish are not fed correctly so they hold very little nutritional value. This doesn't even factor in the potential for introducing diseases...

I see,

But i was under the impression that the feeder fish were more for keeping his mind sharp and helping
him keep fit so to speak, they give octopie food in jars and logs in the zoo's. so they don't lose their hunting skills?

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Old 11-29-2009, 08:59 AM   #17
 
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I see,

But i was under the impression that the feeder fish were more for keeping his mind sharp and helping
him keep fit so to speak, they give octopie food in jars and logs in the zoo's. so they don't lose their hunting skills?

Don
As a treat you can feed him an occasional fish from a known good source (though I am not a fan of feeder fish). Your Oscar was captive bred and has been for many generations. He would be more than fine with a varied diet of frozen, freeze dried and pellet foods w/ the occasional live food that you are comfortable with the source.
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As a treat you can feed him an occasional fish from a known good source (though I am not a fan of feeder fish). Your Oscar was captive bred and has been for many generations. He would be more than fine with a varied diet of frozen, freeze dried and pellet foods w/ the occasional live food that you are comfortable with the source.

Okay I inderstand,

I will keep all this in mind, I was gonna pick up a couple gupies today to help stimulate him.

Is this okay?.

He is a lot more active today, he has been swimming around, he is still not eating yet, I thought maybe throwing a few gupies in his tank might help stimulate him.?

Thanks

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Old 11-29-2009, 12:25 PM   #19
 
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If you want to use feeders, I would suggest you breed your own. Around here, the guppies sold as feeders, are not kept in good health. With every fish added, you risk exposing your fish to parasites and disease.
How about trying a worm instead. You can pick some up at the pet store, or at a fishing store. If the fish is to small to eat a full worm, cut it up. The wiggle of a worm, works well to attract attention.
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Old 11-29-2009, 02:47 PM   #20
 
Cherry barbs made good feeders for my old C/SA cichlid tank (which contained an oscar, among many others).

Oscars take a fair while to realize how to "hunt". Mine used to lazily follow the live food round but only very rarely (if never) managed to catch one, whereas the texas cichlids new the score (but never actually caught a fish either). My jack dempsey was the most impressive, covering 3+ feet in virtually no time to devour a feeder and managing over 15 inches of fish a night with ease! I even saw him eat 3 in well under 10 seconds, very impressive.
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