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  1. Alright, this one is for all the oscar pros. I recently got a 220g (6x2x2.5) and I decided to go with oscar/oscars. I've had other South/Central American cichlids before but no Oscars. The plan is to try and get away with a few plants with some large rocks around them to discourage them being dug up, nice big ball of hornwort and some duckweed. These will mainly be to help with water quality. I'll probably be filtering with 2 or 3 large sponge filters. Also plan on a pleco of some sort (whatever I can find that's already to big for a full grown oscar to bother trying to eat). Originally I was going to only get a single oscar, but my girlfriend and I can't agree on color morph so I'm thinking about multiple. My goal is to keep water changes to once a week and not more than 25%. So first question is, given the info above is the WC schedule doable with 2-3 oscars and with no plants if they end up getting destroyed? I know feeding also plays into this, but let's assume I'm feeding enough to keep them healthy, as opposed to power feeding them, or starving them. Next question would be, as far as aggression (I know this is speculative with cichlids of any kind) do oscars "typically" get along together, and would I be better off with 2 or with 3? Lastly, how easy do these guys pair up? I Do Not want to make more oscars. There's already enough out there and that would definitely complicate the aggression issue. Sorry for the long post, and thanks in advance for your advice.
  2. Water Parameters: pH - 7.4 Nitrates - 5ppm Hardness - 180ppm Nitrite - 0ppm Ammonia - 0ppm KH/Buffer - 180ppm Water Temperature - 78 Various oscars, 2 spotted Raphael catfins, banjo catfish, and a spotted pictus catfish in a 40 gallon quarantine tank with a 90 gallon rated HOB... treated with the trinity when they got added into the tank. Tank had been quick cycled taking media and decor from an established tank and tested daily for the first 2 weeks. In quarantine for about a month and was in the process of getting the permanent tanks set up to move them in the next 2 weeks. Went to look at them on my lunch break and everything was fine, no signs of distress, signs of any aggression, or illness. 3 hours later, get off work and go to take my stepson to work and 4 previously, seemingly healthy fish are laying dead in the bottom of the tank. Immediately move all fish to a second established quarantine tank and test the water parameters giving the results listed above... over the next few hours the fish start sinking to the bottom of the tank and swimming erratically in short bursts before sinking again and within 30 minutes of showing any signs they are dead. All 4 catfish appear to be unphased, no signs of anything after 3 days having passed since all of the oscars died. Completely at a loss here, none of my other tanks have been affected and are on the same water change cycle and upkeep. Help me make sense of this tragedy?!
  3. I've recently returned to the hobby of keeping large American Cichlids after many years of being away. I figured a good introduction to the hobby for my young son would be to raise up a small Oscar to adulthood. We picked up a very small 2" Oscar about 9 months ago at our LFS and grew him out to a fat, healthy, happy outgoing 8" specimen. Recently I painted and did some light remodeling in the room the fish is located in. I took the opportunity to upgrade to a much needed larger aquarium since I had to move the tank anyways. Since then, the fish has been highly aggressive and extremely stressed. Hardly eating, attacking his reflection, charging me and changing colors drastically. Gill flaring, laying on his side, etc. Now, I am not new to large Cichlids nor this behavior but I have not witnessed this to this extent. Ther fish has been acting (without pause) like this for about two weeks now. I am concerned that the stress will effect the fishes health sooner rather then later. There's already a few scales missing and the fish has eaten only three times in two weeks. Prior to the change, this fish would splash water to get my attention and then swim to the front corner of the aquarium and wait for a meal. Here are my thoughts: The fish is still adjusting from the change in environment and will settle eventually. Or, I'm using black window cling on the rear of the aquarium instead of paint (as I usually paint the rear of my aquariums) and the cling is not washing out the reflection and maybe increasing it. The fish is constantly attacking the reflection. And possibly, the fish is entering sexual maturity and this is normal. There's no tankmates. The decor consists of a tile slate bottom and a piece of driftwood with a really really old anubias plant grown on it. I use a powerhead for flow and an air driven sponge filter - I'm old school that way. The water parameters are perfect with Nitrates being below 10ppm and I do large water changes 2x weekly. Apprx 50%. Thoughts, feelings, and ideas? Personally, I'm considering draining the aquarium and painting the rear, sides and bottom to resolve the reflection issue as much as possible.
  4. I have a Longfin Albino Oscar and 3 pictus catfish in quarenteen while I cycle their 75 gallon tank. What would be a good mid swimming tank mate that would go well with the Oscar if any. Right now he's only 2" so want to introduce him early. Got a local breeder of Polar Blue Parrots, would 1 of those work?
  5. Yesterday morning when I walked up to the tank, I was very surprised when Ursula had crazy light bars on her sides. They were practically yellow! I tested everything, 0/0/10, hardness and pH stable at 9 and 7.6 respectively. I decided I’d give her a day and see what happens. The colour came and went periodically through the day, sometimes very rapidly. She ate as enthusiastically as usual and is behaving normally. This morning she’s got the bars still, but coming and going. These photos were taken this morning about 2 minutes apart each. Any advice? Should I be worried? footnote- I keep waiting for her to destroy the plants but she keeps loving them!
  6. So I've heard multiple times that oscars want a tank with nothing in it, or like a single plastic plant and a pot. I think this might originate from keeping oscars in minimum sized tanks and needing to maximize water volume and swim space, perhaps? My young oscar interacts with everything in her tank, and she's got a large wood/rock cave feature plus live plants. She's so engaged with her surroundings and it just doesn't make any sense to me that she would be happier in a big empty box. I've begun a savings fund to upgrade her to a 6'x2' tank in a year so she can have enough swim room and stuff to interact with. Maybe I'm off the mark, I am new to oscars and large fish... But I've looked at some photos of their natural habitat, too, and it's not big empty bodies of water, it's streams and rivers with rocks and fallen trees and all sorts of stuff in the water. Does anyone have any insight into this?
  7. I LOVE oscars, but I'm not sure I'll ever have a tank big enough to truly accommodate a pair of them like I had years ago. Are there any other cichlids that have the same type of personality but don't get so big? Maybe something that gets no more than 8-10" at most.
  8. I have 2 beautiful baby oscars that have already bonded. I am worried if the day came they did hankypanky the plecco and loach clown will eat the eggs n babies. So far they serve a purpose and the tank stays spotless
  9. I have one Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus) and 5 bumblebee oscars / fat Oscars (Astronotus crassipinnis) some clown loaches that are young and will be going to bigger tank later some feather finned squeakers (Synodontis eupterus) a red finned shark some Chinese algae eaters a young green Phantom pleco and a few yoyo loaches I'm looking for a detherfish to help the bumblebee Oscars it's 120 long
  10. Acoy797

    Oscar HITH

    I have had my Oscar for about 6 months now. He started off in a 20 gal as a baby with a severum but they started fighting and came down with a bad case of ICH. I separated them and treated and they were fine. I finally got my hands on a 55 gal but it also came with a 12 inch pleco. I put my Oscar in and he is now about 8 inches. I know I need to upgrade to bare minimum of 75 gal, but saving up money for that. In the meantime, my Oscar had a small hole in his head so I immediately started treating with maracyn and paracleanse and did 50% weekly water changes. He isn't getting better, in fact it has gotten worse in the last two months since I first noticed it. I think he and my pleco do not get along, as sometimes I will hear splashing from the other room. I have Fatty (my oscars name) now quarantined in a 10 gal so I can start a more targeted treatment, but I'm not sure what specific medicine I should be giving him. I am also looking and possibly rehoming his as I dont think I can put him back with the pleco without this reoccurring. Please help!!!
  11. Hi All, I have been in the hobby for about 20 years, but am a first time oscar keeper. I have one very pampered 7 inch juvenile in a 75 gallon tank. Hikari Ciclid Gold is my current staple with meal worms, peas, trumpet snails being treats that he likes. He will not eat any food that hits the substrate, so sinking pellets and gel foods are out. He has started refusing the Cichlid Gold, so I am looking for another prepared floating food to use as a staple. Any good suggestions?
  12. hi! i was looking for some shooling fish to keep with my oscar in a 320 gallon tank with a lot of hiding spots, and i saw a video that cory made about dither fish, and in the video he mentions giant danios and large rainbows are great for oscars and other big chiclids, i have had success with giant danios with oscars in the past, but i'm not sure if cory meant large rainbows for more peaceful large fish like bala sharks or can they be kept with oscars. thanks!
  13. hi! any idea if i can have around 15-20 anglelfish or discus with a oscar in a 200 gallon with a 120 gallon sump filter. tank setup: planted with a lot of hiding spots thanks!
  14. Need advice:. I have two young Oscars that are about 4 inches. They've been together since they were less than 2 inches. Tonight I noticed one really bullying the other. If I return the bully to my LFS, they may not have a replacement that size. Would it be asking for trouble to get one smaller than the remaining fish?
  15. Hello everyone was curious on your thoughts about canister filters what brands do you buy what site do you use etc I’m a poor guy lol so dose cheep mean bad? Should I suck it up and spend 300$ like I said need some opinions and thoughts thanks in advance
  16. So when posting pics of my oscars and there fry everyone kept saying I need to remove them before they get eaten. Which I some what agree however this is there first successful attempt they have laid eggs twice before first time I pulled second time was letting them hatch but had a filter shut off in middle of night and water got stagnant parents almost didn’t make it. Got a couple sponge filters and extra air hoses for just in case this should happen again. So with that said I feel that they are even more protective they even leaped at me out of tank never done this before so kinda made me smile and left them in there for now. At what point do you think I need to go ahead and transfer them anyone ever have successfully raised fry with parents? Love to get some input thanks in advance
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