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Carry - 2005-12-10
First let me say they are fast growing, aggressive, need lots of water changes, alot of filteration, and are messy. My 9'' oscar has waste the size of deer poop. It's crazy. They love to eat. They can and will jump out of the water to get food. That includes your hand if its above the water line. I've owned probably a little over a dozen oscars total. I have 4 right now. I feed mine earth worms, pellets, frozen brine shimp, freeze dried blood worms, algae wafers, shrimp pellets,beef heart, guppies, and freeze dried tubifex worms. I'd like to srart my own culture of either blood worms, white worms, or brine shrimp someday. I think all my fish will benefit from that. That being said I never feed feeders from local or chain fish stores because of the disease feeders have that can be passed onto my fish. It's not worth loosing an 12in oscar to watch him eat feeders. I do breed my own guppies and feed those sometimes. When you breed your own it ensures you have the control over the quality of feeder you are providing. I mean, look at the feeder tanks in the stores. They are always overcrowded, nasty, and have dead fish floating around at the top. Do you really want to expose a 12'' oscar to that that you've took the one year or so to raise? Seems like a waste.

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Frankie - 2012-03-21


Been a fish-keeper most of my life and ive had 'Nics' for several years. The pair I have are large. They have bred a few times (not very often though). Recently, I've noticed that the female has grown a huge lump on her forehead (breeding time). However, she has never shown this trait during breeding before. Now the male has grown a small lump on his head too, but additionally, he has grown a massive face plate quite similar to an Orangutan haha! This has made him look a bit strange as he doesn't have the typical face of a Nic now. Has anyone else observed this before?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-26
    This is normally seen in wild caught variety of cichlids during breeding.  Not normal with nics though.  maybe it has something else bred with it?
  • Adam - 2012-11-14
    I've seen other posts and stuff from people that said this happens with nics...
  • Adam - 2012-11-14
    Saw it a bit on my male once but not the female
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Anonymous - 2009-06-17
I have 2 malawi eye bites. They are housed with convicts, green terrors and red devils.

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david - 2011-06-12
Are Rams compatible with Heckel Discus, Altum (wild) Angelfish, and Black Ghost Knifefish? How about with Silver Dollars?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    The Knifefish needs a minimum of a 100 gallon tank on his own. They are beautiful but they get huge and he will most likely eat the others.
  • cody - 2013-02-24
    The angel fish isn't recommended but you may try with a knife fish all depends on you tank size to oh and for the discus. Alot of people may tell you to keep them in a single species tank and they need different water phlevels in their tank.
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david - 2011-06-12
Are Rams compatible with Heckel Discus, Altum (wild) Angelfish, and Black Ghost Knifefish? How about with Silver Dollars?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    The Knifefish needs a minimum of a 100 gallon tank on his own. They are beautiful but they get huge and he will most likely eat the others.
  • cody - 2013-02-24
    The angel fish isn't recommended but you may try with a knife fish all depends on you tank size to oh and for the discus. Alot of people may tell you to keep them in a single species tank and they need different water phlevels in their tank.
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Grace - 2012-11-13
Hello! I have a 55 gallon tank and raised in 4 tin foil barb (about 2-inches in size) and 3 tiger barb, 1 bala shark, and 2 tiny albino catfish bottom feeder for 2 months. When I went to the pet shop two weeks ago, I fell in love with the gold severum and immediately purchased 4 they're about over an inch big. I noticed that the two of the tin foils have patches on their body. It doesn't look like an ich so I observed the severum if they are nipping the tin foils and they are. I need your expertise. Should i put them in a separate tank? And how often should I clean my tank? Appreciate your help.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-14
    The biggest problem with your set up is the size of the tank.  Severums are peaceful as long as they have their own territories and in a 55 Gallon tank there is just not enough space and will make them act out.  The tank is fine for one with the fish you have not 4.
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Tony - 2008-04-13
Went from a community tank of small fish to a single 6" Venustus and I've been glad I did ever since. Beautiful colors with blue on bottom, yellow on top and "giraffe" pattern on sides. Active, alert and aware of what's going on outside the tank. My fish let's me know when he's hungry by facing toward me as I walk through the room - can see me 3-5' away from tank. Very hardy fish, but not bullet-proof. Keep the tank clean and he'll be happy and healthy.

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Brandon - 2010-05-31
I have currently 2 male auratus along with 2 kenyis one male and one female and a male demasoni. These fish just love to fight and just don't give up. The dominant male auratus is dark black with a blue sheen and a very light blue and yellow stripe through the middle. It is only 3 inches long but terrorizes the whole tank, even though the male kenyi is a little over 4 inches he can't stand up to my auratus. The other male auratus is a little under 3 inches and gets beat up by the other auratus and male kenyi. His colors look like a very ugly dirty female would. I put a 4 inch crayfish in my tank and after about 3 mins the auratus just tore into it and bit all of the legs off, the top halves of the claws, and the eyes. The picture that this website shows does not do this fish justice, both the male and female colors are very attractive but beware of the aggression.

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trevor - 2010-04-21
I'm not trying to be mean but it's very hard on your fish to mix different native fish in one tank. Everything may be doing well as it seems but there is a lot that you can't see. Oscars need a more neutral pH than african cichlids and neither will feel comfortable in a tank. Your oscar is probably so stressed he's lost his personality and believe me these fish have amazing personalities. As for the jaguar and blood parrot they go well together somewhat but try getting another tank and separating the difference in native areas. And I would keep that oscar by himself. Nice variety of fish though currently I have a 55 dedicated to lake malawi cichlids beautiful fish, and a 15 holding about 15 black convict fry. They're my wife's and they are going to be cool fish when we thin them out. But I won't ever mix them with my malawis. Also I have a 125 gallon that the malawi will go into when I finally move.

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carrie Blaylock - 2012-05-03
So my friend gave me a 10 gal tank n 2 southern cichilids. The problem is the larger male is trying to kill the female. Its really sad to watch any advice would be appreciated

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-03
    They are stressed and acting out. Add some hiding places.
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