Animal Stories - Oscar

Animal-World Information about: Oscar

A classic in every sense of the term, the Oscar Cichlid has long been heralded as one of the most spectactular and iconic of the aquarium fish!
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Deepak - 2011-06-27
I have two oscars in 40 gallon tank but they are not growing what should I do ? I feed them good quality food and they have very low orange spots it can be increase by any food or somthing

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-27
    When you say they are not growing - how long have you had them? Oscars grow fairly rapidly but it is like watching water boil. When you watch them every day, they don't seem to be growing at all and then all of a sudden they are larger. Check the article from Animal World on feeding and tank enviornment just to make sure but probably just not growing as rapidly as you thought they would. Check though.
  • chrissy st jules - 2011-10-04
    get a bigger tank
  • bill - 2011-12-20
    Oscar growth rate slows at a certiant size. And you will need a 125 gallon tank fo two oscars.
Sss - 2011-11-20
We have had an Oscar for 6-7 years (he's 10"long). The one thing we've learned is: NEVER FEED THEM STINK BUGS! Our Oscar was fine until we fed him those nasty bugs, now he's sick all the time. I repeat: DO NOT GIVE THEM STINK BUGS!

P.S. Exactly how aggressive are Oscars? I mean, how big does a tank mate of an Oscar have to be for it to not get bothered if the Oscar's 10"?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-21
    If you scroll up through the above article, it basically says if there is more than the Oscar in a tank - eventually there will only be the Oscar. They are carnivores and predators and will eventually have the tank to themselves. I wouldn't recommend a tank mate for this fella. Even if you get a larger fish, there is going to be problems.
  • oscar j - 2011-12-08
    I ve had oscars for the longest , the best tankmate I ve found is the Florida Gar, mine have be living togther for years . My gar is 14 inches and my oscars 10.
chrissy st jules - 2011-10-14
my oscar is about ten inches long and 2 inches wide i saved him from big alls in whitby about a month ago he wouldnt eat for about a week and i tried everything seems like he dont eat fish as i had feeders in there for him and goldfish all differrent sizes because i wasnt sure what he was fed before and since ive got him the only thing he wants to eat is i thought he was lonely and went and got him a friend ....a smaller oscar they were fine for about a day or so but today he just sucked the little guy up smushed his head and spit him out why is it that he dosent do that to the other fish in the tank

Chrissy - 2011-08-06
My oscar "boss" is an absolute doll. Allows me to pet him, and hand feed him. He's currently housed in a 30 gal, but will soon be moved into a 55. Nothing quite like having your water baby swim up to the glass to greet you wagging its tail!

Small tip? I like to make him homemade foods to use along side with pellets. I mix a combination of fish (whatever is on sale at the store...found he LOVES trout), blood worms, garlic, paprika, shrimp, and any type of veggie (except corn)...chop super fine, separately: boil (with very little water) a couple packets of unflavored gelatin..while dissolving an adult multi vitamin..mix it all together over low heat...and I put it in mini ice cube trays to refrigerate. I freeze what I know I can't use in 5 days or so..and he absolutely LOVES them. It's a good thing my filtration is so great...He is only 6 months old and I'm stuck already looking for a new tank! XD

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  • Jay - 2011-09-19
    I make a very similar fish food for my albino red tiger stripe. He's almost two years old now and in a 70 gallon tank. I grind cichlid pellets in a coffee grinders and mix in blood worms and non flavored gelatin. I didn't think about adding some fish to the mix. I also freeze them in mini cube trays. He makes quite a mess with these cubes but he likes them more than the hard pellets. I'm glad to see someone else has had luck with making their own food.
Anonymous - 2011-07-19
Oscars are awesome. Although I had one and it got its face ripped off by a pacu.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-19
    That's not good.
Tim Luna - 2010-02-28
I bought two red oscars at petsmart. They told me that that these oscars will only get up to 8 inches long. Are there species of the oscar that only get to this size? Also, i bought 4 tiger oscars when they were 1 inch long. 3 of them are 4 inches long now. The other one is still an inch but better looking than the others. Are some oscars midgets?

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  • Katie - 2010-03-05
    That is incorrect. All Oscars should reach 12". Most likely, the smallest Oscar isn't getting his adequate share of food. You may have to feed the others until they're full, then feed the smaller one. Also, if your tank is too small, it could be stunting his growth. Keep in mind that for 6 Oscars, you're going to need a minimum of a 60 gallon tank (absolute MINIMUM!).
  • Tarah - 2010-11-05
    With all due respect to Katie, there is absolutely no fantasy in which I could conceivably imagine 6 Oscars being housed in a 60 gallon aquarium. If we were to all agree that the bare minimum housing for one Oscar is a 55 gallon, then 6 Oscars would require a bare minimum of something between 330 and 400 gallons. I can only assume that the suggestion that 60 gallons for is an adequate minimum for 6 Oscars was a typo.
  • John Luciano Nocerino - 2011-05-27
    Can I put 1 Oscar in a 20 Long for its life spand?
  • ike jenkins - 2011-06-09
    Oscars grow with the tank, depending on the tank size, but most oscars get between 10-13 inches, if you have a huge tank they might get bigger, I've seen oscars 17 inches before, 55 gallons per oscar, 75 recommended.
  • pstowe - 2011-06-21
    Yes a 60 gallon is way too small for 6 oscars!! Just to everyone out there be careful of the info you get from the warehouse pet chains. When I bought my oscar he was 1 inch and petsmart told me he could be housed in a 10 gal tank for his lifespan. I soon found out differently and moved him to a 30. And yes they will grow bigger than their tank size so long as they are healthy. My oscar is about 7 months old and is almost 11 inches. I am in the process of moving him to a 55 gal. What I found to be more of a problem with galonl size is not the size of the tank it is the waste they produce that is not being filtered enough. But 55 should be sufficient for one oscar and no other fish. I love my oscar! he is happy and lively!
  • Brien - 2011-07-06
    Don't waste your time and money by getting a slightly larger tank each time. For 6 oscars the tank size is going to be huge so I would recomend going down to 3 tops. At least then you could probably get away with a something between 120 and 180. 120 will be a little small but it could work. I have two in a 90 and they seem happy.
pstowe - 2011-06-21
Just a notice to all new oscar owners!! I currently own my second oscar and I want to let you know just how big these little guys get and how fast. If they are healthy and taken care of properly they will grow very fast. I bought my oscar when he was 1 inch and now about 7 months later he is 11 inches!! AND STILL GROWING!!!! It is amazing how fast they do grow. He is currently in a 30 and is in the process of transfering to a 55 where I am sure he will continue to grow. These are wonderful pets and love attention. If they are cared for properly, you the owner, will not be disappointed!!

Anonymous - 2010-06-18
I just got 4 new small handsized oscars 3 tiger and 1 albino, 1 tiger is mostly orange. They got along great then while watching t.v. 1 night though 3 tigers attacked the albino and before I could get my net and separate them they tore him to shreds, kinda kool to watch but 12$ down the tube.

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  • Tarah - 2010-12-18
    Anonymous, If you thought watching three Oscars tear another one to shreds was "kinda kool" to watch, then you should perhaps surrender your fish to someone with a better appreciation of fish and care, and perhaps take up a hobby in something that don't involve live Oprahs book club...I'm just saying...
  • Sam - 2011-06-13
    Lighten up. it is cool watching things kill each other, its also part of nature. I would say that in 90% of nature shows they include animals killing each other. it happens.
John Lee - 2011-03-14
My oscars Liger and Tigon are the smartest fishes ever. They are very hardy and eat from your hand. In the Book Tophero Son of Smilodon there is a Oscar and is a really good book.

jason5 - 2011-03-11
My oscar fish is nine inches and I have hoplosternum littorale that is a 9 inches and syndontis ocellifer that is 8 inches and a common pleco that is 9 inches and they all eat the feeder fish but the pleco. My hoplo catfish begs me for food. The fish tank is 55 gallon.