New cichla “Ocellaris”? And feeding


Feeder Fish
MFK Member
Nov 16, 2018
EA977A34-D4C8-43CF-BE8A-FE43CB7C071D.jpeg 65BE4355-3A2A-4305-9BB8-4A93C3D183B7.jpeg 8EC291B5-D3FF-4AF1-B28C-75D2A57B5547.jpeg image.jpg I got my bass just over two weeks ago. I am pretty sure he is a cichla Ocellaris, but not positive yet... LFS did not know. Over the past week, he has grabbed one small piece of shrimp and one small food stick but spit them out faster then he grabbed them. I give him 3-4 little feeder guppies every 4 days. And he hit the shrimp and stick when I put them in the net and dropped them in the water like I do the feeder guppies. So.... progress? Lol but how do I get him to hold on or swallow the other food?!? He has lived on about 6 baby guppies per week over the a duration of 2.5 weeks. Any more recommendations? Or just keep at it? Posting pics to see sizes of fish and food and potentially confirm identification.


Jack Dempsey
MFK Member
Aug 10, 2018
A few months ago I was in the same situation. What I did:
Buy frozen shrimp or fresh tilapia from local supermarket( make sure there is nothing chemically added)
Thaw out shrimp or tilapia and cut in to but-sized pieces. Stuff a pellet inside the shrimp or tilapia. If you drop it in and he doesn’t eat it, do it again but put it on some fishing line or some string and jerk it through the tank( make sure the bass can pull it off the string). The bass will for sure eat it if you make it look like a fish in the water. Do this for a week or so and do everything you do infront of the tank so the bass can see you and repeat the motions. Every few days, trick him by dropping a pellet in first. Make sure the pellet is the first thing you drop in when you go to try to trick him. Good luck!
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Tony A.

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Aug 22, 2016
Lol fishing in the house. If he's grabbing stuff . and watching the Oscars he soon will be feeding just fine I think.