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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justin c. pinheiro - 2006-07-08
I have one oscar that i got 4 years ago. well there was originally 2 but then the other one caught a disease that i couldn't cure and eventually died after about a week. anyway when i first got the oscars they were only about an inch. now after only about four years the one thats left is now suprisingly 9 inches. i keep him alone in a 55 gallon tank. the only thing alive i keep in the tank with him are goldfish but they don't last long if you know what i mean. The oscar is a good fish to keep in a species tank but just make sure the tank is big enough or they will fight, eventually resulting in a serious injury or death. I would recommend this fish to anyone who can handle it.

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Adam - 2006-05-27
I have 1 Tiger Oscar in a 30 gallon with my Green Texas Cichlid. They are both really great fish to have, the Oscar watches anything that goes on in the room. For example I threw a pen across the room and it saw it and tried to go after it. I will soon be moving the 2 guys to my 55 gallon when I move my 24 african cichlids and my Loaches and Catfish to a 150 gallon that I'm getting in a few months. I am 17 and soon going on to university to become a Icothytologist.

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Dan - 2006-04-26
Hello My Name is Dan.

I own 2 oscars in a 20 gallon hexagon tank and man do i love them. i bought them at walmart one afternoon and i have been in love with them since. i am 17 so when i am doing my homework they just look at me and try and help me out. When it comes to feeding they are the very quick. Their names are bert (male) and earie (female). Bert is the white one and earie is the red one. they get along great! I havent bred them yet but on somedays it looks like they want to! lol~ Anyways if anyone is bored with looking at a goldfish get these fish. Go recycle 2 months of cans and bottles like i did and get these fish. They are great fish and this site helped me out with the preparation, so thanks for that!

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CAZ - 2006-04-22
I HAD 4 OSCARS AND 2 DIED, THEN I HAD 2 TIGAR OSCARS LEFT. I WAS VERY SADDENED WHEN ONE OF MY TIGAR OSCARS STARTED TO TAKE SEIZURES IN MY TANK. THEY WERE CALLED FLOPSY AND MOPSY (FLOPSY PREVIOUSLY HAD A BROKEN JAW). IT DIED AFTER 7 YEARS OF PLAYING WITH PING PONG BALLS AND OTHER FLOATING TOYS (MAKE SURE THEY ARE STERILISED FIRST) AND FOLLOWING ME ROUND THE ROOM AND WATCHING THE TV. THEY WERE KEPT IN A LARGE TANK IN SITTING ROOM WITH A FOOT LONG PLEC CALLED TIDDLES AND THEY DIDNT EVEN BOTHER HIM. THEN THE OTHER ONE DIED. MY AUNT WHO BRED THESE SAID IT WAS DUE TO LOSING ITS COMPANION. SINCE IT WAS A BABY I HAD THEM. THIS WAS JUST A LITTLE NOTE SO I COULD REMEBER MY FLOPSY AND MOPSY AS NO ONE ELSE LIKED THEM. THEY SAID THEY WERE UGLY INCLUDING MY EX HUSBAND. THEY DIED WITHIN A WEEK OF EACH OTHER AND I LOVED THEM AND THEY ALSO CAME TO THE SURFACE FOR TICKLES AND STROKES.

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Mike L - 2006-04-22
Hey im mike. i have 1 tiger oscar for about 4 months now. it has grown very fast from 2.5" to 6" in that time. i feed it mostly pellets and occassionally feeder guppies. it eats the pellets and the guppies like eating is going out of style. i breed my own now because of disease and the only place that sells them in my area is 20 miles away, why waste gas. in that time i owned a plecostumus about to less than 2" long. as my oscar grew it became a problem as he eventually started nipping at the plecos fin. it was ok the first time cause only a little bit was taken off. then the next day i found the pleco in oscars mouth around 11pm that day! the pleco was still alive somehow but eventually passed the next day. so to anyone who wants to have a plecostumus, make sure it is bigger or as big as your oscar. Oscars are great fish overall and a great conversation piece. my friend always mentions everytime he is over that that fish is getting bigger every time

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Nick S. - 2006-03-15
i have 4 oscars; a red, an albino, and 2 common oscars. they can be quite the handful sometimes. i started them out in a community tank because when i got them they were only about 3 inches. but soon enough they killed every fish i had in that tank. my mom was pretty mad. they ate about $50 worth of fish, but i dont regret it at all. they are more fun than a dog

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martin stevens - 2006-03-11
oscars are an exiting experience. they all have different personalities, and appeitites. i have 2 mature adults, and 1 teenage oscar.

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Eric Anderson - 2006-02-27
I had two Tiger Oscars for about six years. They grew to about 11" and 12" length. Like your other readers said they pull out your live plants. If I could give any advise to someone that wants them, spend the money on a good heater and a excellent filter! I went through about 5 heaters because they would not leave them alone. I had a plecosomus that I got at the same time. After about 3 years they eat him for dinner so i had to do lots of water changes. My wife liked to tease them with food out side the tank and they would hit the glass. Until one day she did it with the glass cover open, big mistake. They BOTH jumped out of the tank to the floor. They were fine, I just picked them up and put them back in the tank. But that brings up another pointer that you need to make sure that you have a heavy lid or put something on it, they will hit it. To this day my wife will not mess with my babys.

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Kevin - 2006-02-15
great site, i loved the info. you guys gave me helped out a whole lot. my oscar has a couple of holes in his head, i hope he doesnt die cuz i know its frum lack of care. thnx again.

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Dale Craig - 2006-01-31
We recently bought 2 oscars, one red and the other one is albino. They are a hoot! The albino will let me pet him but the other shys away. They are always playing and yes tearing up the plants and the pieces that have torn away and are floating on the top of the water they like to push around. Mine are around 10" long and we have a plecosomus (algae eater) that they like to push on and make him move. They even try to nibble on his tail. They don't get too far because he is as big as they are. I love to press my nose against the tank and the albino oscar will come up to me and start to shake his head at me and then he takes off swimming. My husband keeps trying to find ways to keep the tank thermometer straight but they keep on pushing it around until they get it lengthwise with the tank. The one kind of rock that they don't move is the small rocks you get at the beach near the ocean. That is what we started with and has worked very well for all of our fish in the last 10 years. We just take them out and clean them every now and then. The rocks are about 1" to 3" in diameter.

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