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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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 After the pleco passed, she lost most interest in eating and became very withdrawn.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.

Todd Brown - 2007-11-18
I love my new oscar, he has such character and a personality all of his own. I find him to be a very curious and inquisitive fish, he likes to check out new things in the tank, re-arrange the decor in his home ,and definitely asserts his dominance over his tank mates. I keep my oscar with 2 large Golden Gourami and a fully grown Red-Tailed Black Shark. I have had no problems with them fin nipping or causing any injuries but Oci, my juvenile Oscar, does tend to chase the other fish from his claimed territory within the tank. He doesn't bite the other fish, instead he will show them his size, flare himself up a little to make himself look bigger and sort of shimmy at the other fish. I've found his favourite food to be blood worms and he has just started to feed from my hand, I'm hoping to be able to teach him to roll over for his food as I have heard this is possible. All in all, the Oscar is now my favourite aquarium species.

Callum - 2007-10-06
My Oscar has eaten a lot of my fish in the past but 3 months ago i got a Jewel Cichlid and they are really good friends. Sadly, my Oscar got HLLE disease so hopefully i can get him better. They are cool fish and i recommend them to everyone unless you want a lot of fish. =]

Sadie - 2007-08-28
I have two Oscars and have had them since they were about 2 inches, they are now about 8 inches and are wonderful pets. They have recently started eating from my hand when I feed them. I have two Pink colored ones in another tank and am anxious for them to get this size.

Valerie Grego - 2007-08-18
I've had my oscar for about 2 yrs now. he was only 1 inch when i got him, now he's about 9 inches. Originally he was in a tank with a variety of fish but he got too aggressive and had to be all by himself in a 50 gal tank. he's playful and likes a bunch of different types of foods. he just recently lost all appetite and im so worried for him. hopefully i figure out what the problem is before it's too late! he's a wonderful pet!

Julie - 2007-07-01
I have had quite a few oscars. My oldest is almost 3 and on his way out, it could be hole in the head. I thought that oscars didn't live long because for one reason or another all our oscars have died.

Melissa Richards - 2007-06-20
I've had my oscar for 8 years now. As far as the oscar not being a community fish thats wrong. My oscar keep his goldish fish as friends and now the gold fish are as large as he is. He is spoiled and loves the attention. He does splash alot while eating and moves things around the tank but won't eat another fish.

TRAPSTAR - 2007-06-01
I have had a baby red oscar for about a month now with a red belly pacu, two algae eaters, and a white tip shark catfish.

NELSON TORRES - 2007-05-24
I have two oscars and a pacu. This is the funniest thing that happened to me today. I went to feed the fish and I said a curse word. The South African jumped out and nibbled my finger. I think he doesn't like bad words!

michael - 2007-03-13
I have 2 Tiger oscars about four inches in length ea. They are such playful and attentive fish. They feed like they were great whites taking a seal on the surface of the ocean.

I had them in a 30 gal tank for the first few weeks. Since then I bought a 110 gal. tank and moved them into that along with my foot long pleco. I keep the set up pretty bare with only some large lava rocks on the bottom forming tunnels to swim through and hide in. They seem to really love their new home and all of the play room it provides.

This tank is particularly enjoyable because I placed it in my room behind my bed as kind of a giant headboard. Every night as I fall asleep I watch them swim around.It is so awesome to lay there with my face right next to the glass and have them swim right up to me to say hello. Talk about relaxation! I get the feeling they get a kick out of watching me just as much as I do them.

~ M ~