Animal Stories - Oscar

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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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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.

remington - 2010-05-24
I just got a tiger oscar, an albino tiger oscar, and a plecostomus a few weeks ago. I love them so much they're so cool. The albino tiger oscar always comes to the front of the tank when I walk in the room and he actually looks in my eyes. They're so cool and they do little flippy things in the water they love it. They're my first oscars I ever had and they're so happy. I did quite a bit of research on them and their care and they are only about three or four inches. I still can't think of any names so I'm open to suggestions. They're in a 20 gallon tank for now but I'm getting a 100 gallon soon. They're the coolest fish I ever owned and ever will.

Kushan - 2010-05-18
I bought two white Oscars recently.. they were doing fine with 3 other Pacu's until I did a water change which almost caused their death.. But they all recovered from that. After about 2 days Pacu were fully normal eating all sorts of food.. Then I added two other fish a Red tail catfish and an Albino giant gourami. Now itz almost 3 weeks after I did the water change. But since then I never saw the two Oscars eating! They completely ignore the food.. & now the two white oscars have become very dark in colour.. Their white colour is turning in to black.. Whatz happening? What should I do?

Dawna - 2010-05-07
My husband and I bought two tiger oscars about two weeks ago and although at first they were a little shy they both started to eat out of our hands and greet us in the morning when we woke up. One of them started to lose its color (the smaller one) and just recently passed away (my 3 yr old is very upset). We checked our levels in our tank and everything was fine and the other one seems to be great. I was just wondering if anyone could tell me what they think may have happened so that our other one doesn't die too. My son really enjoys feeding the fish as I say he will eat out of his hand and he loves that. Also he seems to be getting a little moody today as he won't let us pet him. Could anyone give me some ideas as to what his problem may be or why our other one died? Thanx

dman - 2010-04-14
I removed my blue acara from my 3 ft tank cause my oscars were getting bigger far quicker than bluey. Now bluey is in a smaller tank with many other smaller fish. Now he's the boss of that tank and can finally get some food. One of my oscars only has one eye, however is stronger but smaller and is the best catcher of live fish like goldfish... they lock jaws a lot but it's cool cause they give up eventually, one eye loves his pats and hates the others interrupting.

Jenna - 2010-04-01
We've had Lord for almost four years, and he is aptly named. He lords over the tank (or tries to, he's a bit of a chicken). We have only two other fish, one we got recently and the other shortly after Lord became what we thought was full size. Lord is currently about 16 inches long and Sucker Fishie (our plecostomus) is about the same. They "got" along from the first day they met. Lord is as much of a puppy dog like fish as is described in the article. He loves and craves attention. And gets very hurt and grumpy when we chide him for splashing water out of his tank. I've never seen a fish like him.

cari - 2010-02-26
Just got two oscars today. They were very lively at the store now that they are home they are very shy and have been hiding is this normal?

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  • Katie - 2010-03-05
    They're just stressed. Make sure there's plenty of shelter for them and they'll come around.
  • David Fernie - 2010-03-08
    Yes it is normal i have had oscar's for years now loved them all my life when you buy a new oscar or any cichlid they become shy for 1 week or 2 then start to learn you are their owner. Now all my oscars know i am their owner. They are on a very happy diet and love seeing me when i get back from college. They love getting petted on the head. They sometimes jump out water for food. I will suggest an oscar for anyone just not beginners as they need to be looked after well. On their diet they can get a desease known as hole in the head which needs attended to asap. As it is very harmful to them. If you need to get more info on them you may contact me on weediv1993@hotmail. Co. Uk and you can put a load of fish in with them. After a while i have turtles and newts and a load of different species of cat fish in with mine. Contact me soon thanks.
  • Lizzie - 2010-03-31
    " It's ok oscars can be shy, but once they get used to the tank they are quite happy."
Asian Fisherman5893 - 2008-09-25
I just bought an Oscar today and his name is Tike and he is very shy towards me. When I got him he was just abundant and playful, and now since he's in his new home he is shy towards me, and why? I have tried to feed him frozen shrimp and pellet foods but nothing yet. Should I wait a day to feed him again? Either way he is very personable and demands being alone with a pelco(Leppy) in the tank. It's a 30 gal for now and then I'll move him into the 120 gallon when he gets bigger. So what should I do with Tike now to make him learn and know that I am his owner and not to be shy towards me? Thanks everyone this site is awesome!

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  • Katie - 2010-03-05
    Just give him time and he'll come around.
jason 5 - 2010-03-04
I have three oscars, one is a albino tiger red. They are very big for their age. The biggest one is the oldest, he is 5 inches long and is 6months old.