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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riley - 2009-03-09
i got a tiger oscar in with 2 pink convict 2-3 inches and a jack dempsey 2 inches the oscar is 3 inches and it opened its mouth and my dad yelled look at the teeth on him lol.

mitch - 2009-01-21
I have 2 of these in my 75 gallon with a few smaller cichlids and tiger barbs and all grew up at the same time. My jack dempsey and green terror are 3 inches and oscars are about 6". They were all about an inch and a half when bought, and have had them for 4 months. So, they are very quick growers. Will need my 200 gallon soon!

Brendan - 2009-01-16
I have had my oscar for 17 years now and they are spectacular fish with a unique personality. if raised with other fish they can be friendly and have tank mates when they are larger. I recommend something of simmilar size like a pacu or chocolates.

terri - 2008-12-17
I "rescued" a beautiful Tiger Oscar from a guy who was keeping him in a 10 gallon tank when he was full grown and almost 8 inches long! I moved him immediately to a 55 gallon set up, and he has become my absolute favorite fish! I also have another freshwater tank, and am working on getting a saltwater tank, but my Oscar, we call him "Mojo" has become the family favorite! We sit and watch her "play" for hours. It took us having one to realize that they have such big personalities! We are in love with him, and have even been talking about getting a bigger tank for a community of Oscars!

drew - 2008-07-15
I just bought one of these today. I'm glad that I looked at this site because I almost fed him goldfish flakes. He's about 2 inches right now, but I have him in a 35 gallon tank with one zigzag eel and an african dwarf frog. I'm upgrading next year.

FRED - 2008-07-05
ya i have a albino oscar with a lot of diffrent fish like a leporinus and a few plecos i also have a lab and a D.comp and a fiermouth in a 55 gallon tank i love my fish but im moving i have to get rido some of them but im keepin my oscar and my leporinus can some one tell me how to move with fish on a 2 day drive help some one

Jessie - 2008-06-03
We have an ocsar that is about a year old now, got him when he was a baby. He has gone through a few tank mates. My husband likes to get him feeder fish but since his pleco friend died a few weeks, ago he will not eat anymore. He just swims around shaking his tail. Not sure why he is doing that, I hope to find out soon though. I really like him. I pet him when I do the water changes and like to switch the things I put in the tank for him to play with. He is fun to watch and will let me know when he wants my attention. I keep my tank next to the couch, so he just taps on the side when you are sitting by him until you watch what he is doing. His new toy he seems to like quite a bit is a cup, before that it was a ball. He likes to tease the cat too!

Nichole - 2008-03-22
We absolutely love our Oscars! My boyfriend and I have an 80 gallon tank right now and we currently own five Oscars, a Convict, 2 plecos and 3 different catfish and a guami as well as a shovel nose shark. All my oscars are extremely social to one another. They all swim in groups and hunt the live feeders together. It is as if they are working together especially since one of my oscars is a albino tiger oscar with only one eye. They all seem to help him get the live fish to eat, and they will catch a fish and even bring it to him sometimes. The same goes for my shark and the catfish, they all help each other out which is strange because everyone tells me they are all aggressive fish and cannot co-exist.

Callum - 2008-03-10
I healed my oscar from hole-in-the head and he is very happy. I only have a 30 gallon at the moment (he is fairly small about 17cm) but I am going to upgrade to a 55 gal. It is an extremely easy fish to feed as it will eat just about anything you put in the tank. The only fish I have been able to keep with him successfully is a jewel cichlid. My oscar chases on occasion usually to get my attention. Best fish I've ever had.

Laura - 2007-11-25
I had a tiger oscar for several years. Her only surviving tank mate after less than a yr of having her was a pleco. She wasn't even 2in when i got her and was 9 1/2 inches at the time of her death. After the pleco passed, she lost most interest in eating and became very withdrawn. She passed about 4 months after he did, which was a very sad time for me and my mom.

Oscars are honestly my favorite variety of fish. They have the most personality out of all the others I have had. I have often referred to them as being aquatic dogs because all the oscars I have had required lots of attention and would throw tantrums until shown as much as they thought they needed. They are a great fish for people who want interactive pets but can't have nonaquatic critters.

oh, and they will eat veggies (frozen spinach was mine's fave) if started on them when young.