I have a red belly pacus that is humongous! It's 12" long and living in a 30 gallon tank with a 4" algae eater. Since he's so big I'm afraid the shrimp pellets we've been giving him aren't enough. The nearest pet store is 50 miles away and the selection at the local Wal-Mart is limited at best. And of course their "fish-dippers" know zippo about any of the fish. So should I start feeding him people food? Or maybe the stuff they sell for bait in the Sporting Goods department? We have fed him swatted flies before and he's done OK. I just want to make sure he's around for a long time, he's as much a part of the family as our cat.
Answer by mcginnisc at 9:03 AM on Jun. 5, 2009
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Answer by JerbysMom at 3:43 PM on Jun. 5, 2009
I had 2 large Oscars, grew to 18 inches by the time I gave them away, (not pacus I know but they are somewhat similar diet wise) and if I ran out of food for them they would eat dry cat food for a day or two--honestly, dry cat food, just a few chunks for each of them. Kept them from going hungry and made a great party trick too! Just don't overdo it or feed them cat food exclusively.
Answer by pagan_mama at 5:08 PM on Jun. 5, 2009