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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dustyn - 2011-01-26
I have three oscars in a 20 gal tank with a penguin 100 filter these fish mean a lot to me. Even though I'm a kid I still know a lot I feed them krill every day they enjoy it.

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  • Tom Odell - 2011-02-21
    3 oscars in a 20 gallon aquarium? Even though I'm still a kid (15), I still know that even a single oscar would outgrow an aquarium of that size in a short time. I would suggest you find new homes for at least two of these fish, or find a larger tank.
    Thanks for reading and taking this into consideration.
marilyn thompson - 2010-10-10
I had 2 oscars both about the same size, only if you see them together you could see the size difference, well when they got, one 4" and the other around 5" the bigger one killed the other one, will this continue to happen, with any compatible fish I add to the tank, even if I put fish the same size?

anthony - 2010-10-07
Good day, I've had my red tiger oscar for over 3 years. It's blind in one eye and just recently the other eye started to get swollen and has poor judgment in distance when it goes to eat frozen bloodworms floating in front of it. It still manages to suck food off the bottom of the tank. I'm worried its going to lose sight altogether. When I spoke to a number of pet stores they had told me it could be the ammonia in the water but unless I've bought dodgy AQUASONIC PH and AMMONIA test kits, all the test kits read correct readings according to all the internet sites. If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated. I don't particularly want to start again as my family and I have grown to accept it is part of our lives.

Janine - 2010-09-12
My oscar is 5 years old, and has recently(+- a month ago) swelled just above the anus, looks bloated and has lost its appetite, eats much less! But he's not lost condition as of yet. Busy deworming him. Please help! What could be the problem? Very worried!

Pauline - 2010-09-01
I have 2 oscars named Yin and Yang, a white tiger and red tiger, got them separately without realizing they had to be mated. Turns out they're probably both females. They are very close and affectionate to each other. They are 2 years old, over a foot long, and still seem to be growing. They are in a 55gal tank with a Pleco that must be 2 ft long, it's too long to sit vertical in the tank. Anyways just realized they need a 100 gal tank now! They sit at an intersection in the house so they watch us walk around and follow us along the tank. They are very hungry and eat a lot! They will splash and also try to give me signals when they want me to feed them. I wish I could put a picture in here! I've heard these are "beautiful specimens" I have. I love to watch them interact and communicate with each other.

Jeff Sager - 2010-08-22
I had an oscar in the 90's. Had him for 4 years before selling him to a friend because of moving. His name was Dauber. He could see me when I opened the freezer door and would get excited and start splashing. The freezer was where I kept his shrimp. I would put my hand in the tank and he would swim back and forth through my fingers. He would bite anyone else. He jumped out of his tank 3 times when my gf was standing beside him..
My fish had a personality. Anyone who knew him was amazed at what an amazing pet he was to me.

jason 5 - 2010-08-20
My smallest and youngest oscar fish died he was over 5 inches.

Anonymous - 2010-08-14
I have 3 oscars with a hoplo catfish in a 55 gal and a common pleco. and a im the oringal jason 5. My big albino died but the oscars are now over 5 inches. The largest is less than a year old and 8 inches. My hoplo catfish is the youngest in the tank and is 7 inches. All of the fish are less than a year old.

Kim - 2010-05-23
I have 2 oscars on a 4' tank one has been very listless for a while now hardly eating no matter what I tempt him with and has now started to float at the bottom of the tank on his nose a lot. Temp and water is ok and the other one is fine too. Anyone got any ideas?

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  • wendy - 2010-08-07
    My oscar just had the same thing- the guy in the aquarium shop suggested it was an intestinal worm or growth next to the swim bladder. There is a general medicine for this apparently- unfortunately my oscar had just got a little fungus and I was treating him for that so had to wait to use the new medicine. In this time- 5 days- he died. The guy in the shop was not hopeful at all anyway- it's nothing to do with water quality or anything. One of those things apparently- he lost loads of weight and you could see a big lump in his belly eventually. Sadly, what yours has got sounds identical- try the medicine, I think it's called oxy.... something .
Anonymous - 2010-07-03
I have a 15in pleco and 2 cory cats in my 55 gallon tank, just added an albino and a regular tiger oscar today, the oscars are already behaving like they've lived there their whole life. They come to the front of the tank when I pass by. I've owned oscars before and have been able to hand feed them and pet them like a dog, can't wait till these guys get bigger.