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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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 .
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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