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Julie - 2007-07-01
I have had quite a few oscars. My oldest is almost 3 and on his way out, it could be hole in the head. I thought that oscars didn't live long because for one reason or another all our oscars have died.

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Asy-Syariq - 2007-06-30
I have a female parrot fish of about 6 inches. I mate it with a flower horn. My parrot fish looks exactly like the flower horn; same behavior, looks, and from the same breed.

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Melissa Richards - 2007-06-20
I've had my oscar for 8 years now. As far as the oscar not being a community fish thats wrong. My oscar keep his goldish fish as friends and now the gold fish are as large as he is. He is spoiled and loves the attention. He does splash alot while eating and moves things around the tank but won't eat another fish.

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Stevie Chapman - 2007-06-06
I have a parrot fish. He is the greatest fish that I have ever had. He is very territorial and chases the "Sucky fish". He loves people (specifing that I dont know if he is male or female so I just call him a he..) especially my mother. When you feed him he will pop the top of the water.. His name by the way, is Seabiscuit. He is very golden yellow. And has grown so much in the past 4 months since I have had him. He perfers to be alone in the tank, as far as I can tell. We had another chichlid that we only had for a month or so. His name was Cornpop bc he was yellow also. But he was smaller. And he passed away soon after I got him. Seabiscuit loves warm water. But we got the sucky fish yesterday and as soon as I put it in the tank, Seabuscit chased him away. But he sits at the side of the tank and stares at everyone and can hear you talk to him when you do. He watches my mom all the time. I think that he grew accustom to her when i went out of town for a while and she took care of him for me. But yea, I just wanted to tell you all about my Seabiscuit, and let everyone know how great that these fish are. There is no doubt about that!

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TRAPSTAR - 2007-06-01
I have had a baby red oscar for about a month now with a red belly pacu, two algae eaters, and a white tip shark catfish.

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NELSON TORRES - 2007-05-24
I have two oscars and a pacu. This is the funniest thing that happened to me today. I went to feed the fish and I said a curse word. The South African jumped out and nibbled my finger. I think he doesn't like bad words!

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Direwolf013 - 2007-05-16
What can I say.. I fell in love with JD's the minute I layed eyes on them. I bought one as my first fish, before I knew anything about them. He was in a 10 gallon tank, (he was only about 2" at the time) but then i realized how big he would get. I traded him in on some African cichlids but everyday afterwards, I missed him. So when I moved, I traded in my africans and went back to the JD tank. I must have watched them for an hour before I picked my pair. I watched every little movement that they made and who interacted with who. I finally made my choice and i couldn't be happier. they swim side by side all the time and you barely see them on opposite sides of the tank. They are my Net buddies. My tank is right next to my Compy, and they love to stare at me while i'm on the Web. Plus they are digging their nest right next to me also. I'm hoping for some fry soon. But then I'll have to convince the wife to get another tank to raise them.... :)

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Sal - 2007-05-16
I too had a Red Devil (30cm). What an amazing fish. For regular aquarium owners, the red devil is as close as you can come to having an actual interactive pet eg: dog, cat, bird. My Red Devil was named Memnoch, after the devil in The Anne Rice book of the same name. And he was. The only two other creatures to survive any amount of time in the tank was a yabbie (just as nasty, use to hang off his gills and take a ride around the tank - really FAST) an a convict fish called Jock (who hid most of the time). He ate everything else. Including two oscars that I had just naively put in the tank, right in front of me. He knew when my husband was sitting near the tank and would splash him. He would kiss the tank wall at me and bite it at my husband and the dog. I could feed him by hand. He knew when you arrived home and usually sent out a bucket of water onto the carpet. He would move all the gravel to one side of the tank, just after you cleaned. He was an ass. I adored him. Unfortunately one night when we were in the middle of a move, the filter died and we had a massive nitrate bloom. We lost him. You rocked memnoch. What a top fish.

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jason newman - 2007-05-08
i just bought one and it sems great. its color is as red as my red devil.

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Anonymous - 2007-05-05
What a mess of humans! My Pinky Red Devil female was a stalker. I bought her for $2.27. She shared 2 years with us, but grew to a whopping porker of 3 pounds, 14 " long, and 7 inches tall. yup for real. I purchased her in 2005 and had no idea she was a she! We could feed her by hand and she waited for the family to return each day. Her appetite was enormous. We fed her raw chicken breast, fat, and thighs. she ate normal fish food too. Pinky was a superstar! One day, the tank had a blossom.........Nitrates. I did check each week. It happens. Our family pulled her out into a fresh water sink after a night of sideways listing. We cried and lambasted each other on our method of revival. She was doomed! Her delicate gills could not sustain the wash under the faucet to cleanse the bateria amd nitrates, Pinky sat in our palms as we washed her and submerserd her into clean water. She laid in our palms until she passed. After three hours of palpating and bathing, our family failed to revive her. She rests in the pet cemetary with our families other family pets.

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