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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Rameres Jr Cumba - 2009-05-12
I'm a big fan of oscars. Not bad man, a good personality and they grow fast. I've never grown oscars over 6 inches but it doesn't stop me from keeping such beautiful fish. Right now I need a 4 foot tank. I've kept oscars in 10, 25 and 40 gallon containers. I've notice 2 oscars jaw locking, tail slapping, and tail shaking, I would like to know if I have a pair, they are 3 to 2.5 inches.

Tarah S. - 2009-04-05
I've done it again! I recently acquired a 75 gallon aquarium from a military friend who was deploying, and as soon as I had it properly cycled with gravel and filter media from my other aquariums, I purchased two oscars to be housed in it: an Albino Red named Spanky and an Albino Tiger named Patches. Presently, they are both approximately three inches. I plan to maintain them in this aquarium, but eventually move them to my 125 gallon once my other oscars (Pyro and Damien) eventually pass on (hopefully not for many years). Although I maintain a multitude of several cichlids-Dempseys, Red Devils, Green Terrors, Convicts, Angels-I have officially designated myself a bonafide "oscarholic". I think I will gradually exchange my current stockage to only Oscars and Angels. My other 75 gallon, which currently houses a Red Devil, will soon be traded to friend for his Lutino. I am simply unable to resist their winning personalities!

Tarah S, - 2009-03-24
I am an avid fan of the Central and South American genera of cichlid. Currently I house Red Devils, Jack Dempseys, Convicts, Green Terrors, and Oscars. My oscars are an absolute pleasure to behold. They reside in a 125 gallon aquarium with a pair of convicts (Bonnie & Clyde) and a common pleco (Spanky). The Red Oscar is named Pyro and the Tiger is named Damien. Pyro is approximately 6 inches and Damien is closer to eight. I have raised them both from the an approximate size of less than 1/2 inch. They are the most responsive fish that one could imagine housing. I maintain various aquariums, but the Oscars always eclipse the others to gain attention, food, etc. They are so lively and extremely playful. One of my greatest joys is watching them interact. I had never been a great fan of oscar cichlids and had only acquired these because a friend had bred the parents and was in the process of feeding the babies to other cichlids. I managed to "rescue" Pyro and Damien and I am happy that I did. They have changed my perception of Oscar cichlids. They truly are the ultimate "wet pet." They should not be housed in anything less than a 55 gallon for a single fish, but I would definitely recommend this fish to anyone in search of an energetic and interactive pet fish.

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!

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.