do you see a grease-slick on the water when you feed it to them? I feed my cichlids some terrestrial-based proteins but I unplug my filters for an hour or so until they "mop it all up" - currently trout baked in foil is the entrée. Beef Heart would be something to compare it too, but only as a treat.Is it ok to feed my Oscars, Flower Horn and Polypterus Chicken Sauage???
Thank you so much for your reply...do you see a grease-slick on the water when you feed it to them? I feed my cichlids some terrestrial-based proteins but I unplug my filters for an hour or so until they "mop it all up" - currently trout baked in foil is the entrée. Beef Heart would be something to compare it too, but only as a treat.
Do you cook it with NO seasonings? I would not give them seasonings, but I don't see a problem with chicken sausage as long as it doesn't grease-up your water quality....if it does, use it as just a treat the day before your normal 60-90% water changes....
...and as a cichlid-owner, you definitely should be doing 60-90% at water changes
They say cooking it removes a lot of nutrients, but I have experienced an amazing growth rate for the past month or 2 while feeding broken-up pieces of trout-on-the-bone, bones removed after cooking of course
Anything wild-caught by yourself should be cooked if it is not frozen at -5 degrees F to kill pathogens
Your not going to tame the Flowerhorn or Oscars. Curious, what size tank do you have, volume and footprint? How many Oscars?
^ Curious of those specifics as well.
Why the need to feed them something like chicken sausage? Something like this could have a negative effect on your water parameters and be nutritionally poor for the fish. I'm an oscar keeper as well, but feed a quality pellet food as the main staple, with freeze dried goods 1-2x/week and occasional veggies or fruit.[/QUOTE
It is not the need to feed em sausages I tried it and they seem to enjoy it but a friend of mine told me not cause of the fat in it. That's why I thought of asking you guys for your opinion and advise. I too feed them pellet food, but my Polypterus prefers live fish which is a bit expensive and he doesn't like Tuna that much. So sausage is the next alternative for me...
Like I said a temporary tank for them I am making a bigger one. 5 feet in length 2 feet wide and 4 feet in height...That tank would really only be adequate for a single oscar by itself. I keep an oscar and a green severum in a 75g, which is not a combo that will always work and you have to be diligent to keep nitrates ~20ppm or under.