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Oscars

Astronotus ocellatus

 

 

 

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From: Laura
Date:07/06/2002
Size/aggression: I have a red Oscar, a green terror cichlid, and two pink gouramis. I bought them all when they were less than 2 inches long- in 2 months, Oscar has grown to over six inches. The gouramis haven't grown at all, but the Oscar doesn't bother them, and he tends to even back down to the cichlid which is still half his size. They chase each other around a bit, but grow bored of it quickly. They've yet to do anything harmful to each other. For the most part they are all buds. Eating habits: The Oscar IS a very messy eater- I usually feed him his pellets first so that the gouramis will "clean up" everything he spits out, then add a few flakes for the gouramis. (The oscar's appetite seems insatiable, so I have to get him full before the gouramis get a chance to eat). I haven't tried much variety in their diet yet, but none of them seem to like the freeze-dried shrimp I bought (fine with me- they're expensive).
Cleanup: They do leave a LOT of waste- At six inches, my Oscar leaves me marble-sized "presents". So, frequent water changes might be necessary even with a good filtration system. Personality: Can't beat the Oscar in this dept. This is my first Oscar so I was surprised at how personable they are. Mine follows me back and forth across the tank watching me- almost like I'm in the tank, not him. He also let me know one day that I was taking way too long to feed him because before I could even drop his food into the tank, he had leapt up and out of the water trying to steal it from my hand (very unexpected- I almost fell over!) Mine has yet to destroy anything in the tank, but he does do some redecorating after I clean the tank, if I don't get everything back right where he likes it. I use plastic plants- and he has decided that he just doesn't like one of them. No matter where I put it or how many times I re-anchor it, he digs it up until it floats at the top- so, I finally just took it out, because afterall, it's HIS home. Overall, I was skeptical of getting an oscar after what I'd heard from the petstore about their size/agression, but after this one, I couldn't have a tank without one!

From: Gavin
Date:07/08/2002
I've been keeping oscars for ten years, and have encountered almost every delight or problem they can give,if anyone has any questions I would be more that happy to communicate with you..I have also bred some unusual strains that are not readily available on the market..so mail me at the above address..cheers!

From: Shanna
Date:07/13/2002
My boyfriend has 2 oscars, 2 pacus, his dragonfish, and my dragonfish all in one tank, and boy do they get along. His bigger oscar is very protective over the smaller oscar when the pacus used to pick on it. I mean even still to this day, if one of the pacus go by it, the bigger one will scare it off. Both him and I are wondering if they are going to be a mated pair.

From: Penny
Date:08/12/2002
I have kept Oscars for some 7 years now. I find them to be agressive , but feeding is no problem. I always feed fresh sea prawns. After cutting it into medium peices.

From: Matt
Date:08/17/2002
There are some pretty good commercial additives available that will aid in the breakdown of the comparatively large amount of waste excreted by Oscars. My experience has been that they are, of course, more time consuming to care for than smaller tropical fish, but considering their size, they are still relatively easy manage. They are also the only fish I have ever had that I truly can call pets. My 8 year old son wants to take one of mine out of the tank and play with it due to the fish's friendly, almost puppy dog like nature. He gets so excited when we come near the tank !!

From: Andrew
Date:11/12/2002
I have 12 Oscars! I waltzed into a fish store one day and beheld for the very first time a dozen very attentive fish. When they saw me approach their tank every one without exception came to the front of the tank and gave me their undivided attention. It was a little eerie at first. I had never witnessed fish with this much intelligence before. I went back to the store a few days later and bought them all. I have Tigers, Reds and two Albinos. I look forward to when they are bigger and will buy them a HUGE tank. They are getting along very well with my two Green Terrors. It's only during feeding time that one of the green terrors feels he needs some personal space. When this happens the Oscars don't argue. Otherwise, they all swim happily together. A rather funny incident occurred last week. I bought two fish that are very similar to a Sulphur Peacock (A.Maylandi) They are both about three inches long. I put them in my new aquarium and one proved to be very aggressive against the other. It made me angry. I took him out and put it in the Oscar tank thinking he might behave better. Ha! I've never seen a fish look so worried! LOL The Oscars took an instant dislike to the fish and took turns to nip it at their good leisure. At one point the fish found itself surrounded by several two and a half inch Oscars swimming vertically. They all just kept their position and reminded me of ballet dancers. It must have been a very surreal experience for the outcast! He looked several times from side to side not knowing when or where the next attack would come from. They are a very entertaining fish to watch. I never thought I'd hear myself say that fish are fun to have but Oscars certainly are. I find an air pump and a long air stone at the back of the tank helps a lot. It causes the muck at the bottom of the tank to rise and then enter my filter.

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