We started with 8 two inch size baby Oscars in the TOP tank (the idea being to give 4 away (or if we lost a few) and keep 4 in the 100 gal tank)
Well I ended up having to get my 60 gal out from the basement and set it up below for the other 4, We don't have the heart to give them away now :)
If you want the Biggest fish possible do not listen to the people that say Oscars "beg for food" or "don't know when they are full" or "they will over eat killing themselves", Think of it like you would ANY baby animal (a puppy or kitten for example) As long as they are Growing... Feed Them when they are hungry!! I have been raising Oscars since 1984 and they will grow MUCH Larger if well fed as babies, we feed them about 8 times a day (or more)
Here is my rule of thumb, Don't put more food in the tank than they will eat in 3 minutes, BUT feed them every time they are hungry (Keep in mind his kind of feeding REQUIRES a good filter like the FX5 or many water changes)
We only use Hikari Cichlid Bio-Gold Plus, There is NO OTHER Food that has the beneficial microorganisms (provides improved digestion, rapid growth, reduced waste, and improved water quality.)
The Fluval FX5 Filters are very nice (don't listen to the reviews that say they are not well made, like anything made of plastic a normal amount of care in tightening and servicing them is necessary) They run Very Quiet, Move a TON of water, remove all the Oscar poo
The Whisper 100 air pumps are nice for the money, they put out a lot of air and make very little noise
If you want to add some very cool lighting (for very cheap) get some LED strips and use some painters tape to hold them on the outside of the tank (out of all the colors red works best) you can find them here:
Our Oscars are really starting to come into their own now, they are now starting to let me rub their backs and pet their heads : ) Video will be shot of that as soon as I have them fully trained
They have the Most Personality of ANY fish!!
Hope this helps some other Oscar Lovers out there!!
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now it wasnt the best kept fish shop, appauling actually. i found a lone baby red tiger oscar in a tank that was that green with algae i nearly couldnt see the little guy. the substrate was covered with faeceslgae and the internal filter was struggling to run, if at all. the poor little guy showed small white flecks on his body and fins, as "ick" white spot had set in. after bluntly explaining to the attendant that this is no way to care for a fish and that he seriously needs to take more care with his filtration and water quality. (there were many other tanks that were almost as bad as the oscar's) i bought the litte guy and headed straight back home in rescue mode.
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(btw- yes, I know all about the size tank I need for him... I mention this b/c it seems anytime someone posts fish pictures anywhere (not saying just here, but any forum) most of the responses are 'i hope you have a big enough tank'. When people post pics of their dogs, people don't start asking what size yard they have even though different breeds do need certain space just like fish... I am just posting the pics to show him b/c I love my beautiful new baby and want to share some pics . I have all the care correct & am not new to fish. Right now I have this 2 1/2" Oscar in a 55-gallon breeder tank (pre-cycled). If he outgrows it, he gets a bigger one.)
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