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Oscars

Astronotus ocellatus

 

 

 

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From: Daniel
Date:05/09/2002
I recently bought an oscar because I heard that they are the most petlike fish an aquarist could have. I purchased mine about a week ago and have noticed that my fish is a very messy eater. He will take in the flakes or whatever and spit it out in pieces then he will casually nibble on the smaller pieces. I have never had such a messy eater in my tanks. PS my small catfish doesn't seem to mind the scraps and debris. He enjoys the "ABC" Food...

From: James
Date:05/12/2002
I bought 2 oscars an albino and a tiger. They were both the same size when I got them. They got along perfect,like best friends. One Day they got into a big fight. I rushed to the pet store to buy a tank divider, but by time I got home which was about 15 mins. The albino was dead all mauled up. His fins were eaten,most of his scales were ripped off,and not a mark on my tiger. I then named my Tiger oscar KILLER! I guess the name fits him.

From: Silvia
Date:05/17/2002
We have had our first experience as fish owners. We were given an oscar as a gift. We ended up getting another one. We are really enjoying them. They are alot of fun and so smart. The upkeep is really not that bad. We share the duties and we have learned alot about them.

From: Ricky
Date:05/17/2002
I've learned that if u raise two baby oscars that as they grow the weaker one will live a stressful life and will die first usually b4 its time. It is best 2 raise 4 to 6 to avoid this. My 1 oscar is now a old man & dying :( he taught me alot about oscars. I will miss him.

From: Tabitha
Date:05/22/2002
I LOVE MY OSCARS!! I have three, one black tiger and two albino tigers. The black one is named "Gemini" (he's the glutton) and the two albinos are "trinity" (the shy one)and "eclipse"(the explorer) I think oscars are the smartest fish anyone can own. My babies let me pet them and they swim around my hand when I fix the plants in their tank (I've stopped putting the plants back since this is a futile attempt on my part, they don't like strong light so I guess letting the rootless plants float at the top doesn't do any harm, they leave the rooted ones alone) They also eat from my hand and when I open the lid of the tank to feed them they get excited (I think) and they start to do flips and jumps out of the water until I feed them. Sometimes, though, one of them will jump too far and jump right out of the tank, then I put them back in and they become disoriented for a couple days and don't eat until I hand feed them earthworms. Anyway, I feed them flakes every morning and then every other day before I turn the light out I feed them either live fish, earthworms, bloodworms, crickets, cooked chicken (unseasoned), or raw ground beef (when I feed them the beef their stool looks white and it gets all over the tank, rocks, and plants so I only feed them this if I'm out of everything else) Anyway... I love my oscars and I think that oscars are the most interesting fish in the world!!!!

From: Bil
Date:05/22/2002
I bought an oscar to take care of unwanted culls(mollies),but I've fell in love with him, he eats out of my hand and plays with small plastic toys. What a bonehead he is!!!

From: Dylan
Date:05/24/2002
I have a 2 inch bubblegum oscar. It is friendly with my 2 inch black ghost. They are housed in a 10 gallon tank. I feed them freezed dried bloodworms and tetra menu flakes. I think it is fun having fish.

From: DS
Date:05/25/2002
I have one 5 inch red oscar in a 20 gallon aquarium with a 4 inch plecostomus and a 3 1/2 inch red finned shark. They all seem to be friends with each other. I feed them hikari cichlid pellets and 1 white cloud to my oscar every night. They will eat anything that can fit in there mouths, live fish, crayfish, roaches, candy and anything you could think of. GOOD LUCK TO ALL YOU OSCAR OWNERS!!!

From: T
Date:06/07/2002
I love my oscars. I have two babies. I keep them in a 10 gallon tank, even though everybody says you shouldn't. They won't outgrow it if you don't over feed them. The biggest temptation is to over feed them for entertainment value. After two weeks they started to look really sick, so I did a 50% water change and added an undergravel filter with a real powerful pump instead of the regular air pump. They are happy again. I keep them with a bala shark and a pleco.

From: Sharon
Date:06/20/2002
I know this sounds crazy, but I have two oscars, and when I go to feed them, I talk to them and they swim right in front of me. They move rapidly, as a happy dog would. Even throughout the day, I can go to the tank and start talking, they come to me. I also can run my finger across the glass and they follow. They are cool fish!

From: Nadine
Date:07/06/2002
We have 2 oscars in a four Foot Tank they have always got along since very little and have recently started fighting we have had to separate the two as one has had his entire bottom lip ripped off in the time span of about 10 minutes although they are not aggressive they are very territorial towards each other the advice we were given was to give them a bigger tank as they have become adolescent but I don't think I want the two of them together again after seeing the damage they do to each other.

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