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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:34 pm Post subject: Advice in keeping Baby Oscar Reply with quote

 Dear  All,
 
 I  have  a  2*1*1.8  feet  tank  and  I  wish  to  keep  baby  oscars  as  I  love  this  fish.  Can  anyone  tell  me  is  this  is  sufficient  size  to  keep  them  and  how  many  pairs  i  can  keep.  The  pic  is  attached!  Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:33 pm Post subject: Re: Advice in keeping Baby Oscar Reply with quote

 Hey,
 
 Oscars  are  very  fast  growers,  they  will  grow  like  an  inch  or  more  per  month.  so  the  babies  u  want  to  buy  will  become  monsters  in  no  time,  and  oscars  are  also  messy  eaters..  u  will  need  good  filtration.
 As  far  as  how  many  u  can  keep,  A  Fully  grown  adult  oscar  needs  alteast  75  Gallons  of  water,  oscars  when  left  in  groups,  form  pairs,  and  might  lead  to  aggression  between  pairs..
 My  suggestion  is  you  get  2  pairs  of  oscar  babies,  and  grow  them.  After  they  grow  up,  u  need  to  upgrade  your  tank  too!
 
 Best  of  luck!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:15 pm Post subject: Re: Advice in keeping Baby Oscar Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 What  Nikhil  saying  is  correct.  Oscars  will  grow  very  fast.  You  need  big  tank  to  keep  them  &  also  good  filtration.
 
 You  can  keep  baby  oscars  in  your  2ft  tank  till  they  grow.  I  have  pair  of  Red  Albino  &  Red  Tiger  Oscar  Babies  abt  4inches.  
 
 Regarding  food,  if  u  make  them  having  live  food  as  habit,  then  they  will  not  take  anything.  Be  aware  of  that.  Feed  them  cichlid  foods  available  in  lfs  and  also  dry  worms,  dry  shrimps.  They  love  those  foods  much.  
 
 Another  risk  in  feeding  them  live  foods  are,  they  will  get  infections  easily  from  the  live  foods(Fishes,  Worms,  bugs  etc.,).  
 
 See  my  fish  video  link  :  http://youtu.be/85q2OeYJtos         
 
 Note:  My  filter  is  having  heavy  current,  i  have  to  change  that.  Don't  do  the  same  mistake  in  your  tank  also.
 
 All  the  Best,  Thumb Up  
 
 Regards,  
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:28 am Post subject: Re: Advice in keeping Baby Oscar Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hi,
 
 What  Nikhil  saying  is  correct.  Oscars  will  grow  very  fast.  You  need  big  tank  to  keep  them  &  also  good  filtration.
 
 You  can  keep  baby  oscars  in  your  2ft  tank  till  they  grow.  I  have  pair  of  Red  Albino  &  Red  Tiger  Oscar  Babies  abt  4inches.  
 
 Regarding  food,  if  u  make  them  having  live  food  as  habit,  then  they  will  not  take  anything.  Be  aware  of  that.  Feed  them  cichlid  foods  available  in  lfs  and  also  dry  worms,  dry  shrimps.  They  love  those  foods  much.  
 
 Another  risk  in  feeding  them  live  foods  are,  they  will  get  infections  easily  from  the  live  foods(Fishes,  Worms,  bugs  etc.,).  
 
 See  my  fish  video  link  :  http://youtu.be/85q2OeYJtos         
 
 Note:  My  filter  is  having  heavy  current,  i  have  to  change  that.  Don't  do  the  same  mistake  in  your  tank  also.
 
 All  the  Best,  Thumb Up  
 
 Regards,  
 jash                

 
 Nice  fishes!  I  have  couple  of  more  questions.  How  many  pairs  I  should  keep  in  my  tank  and  at  what  size  I  should  move  them  to  bigger  tank?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:34 am Post subject: Re: Advice in keeping Baby Oscar Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hey,
 
 Oscars  are  very  fast  growers,  they  will  grow  like  an  inch  or  more  per  month.  so  the  babies  u  want  to  buy  will  become  monsters  in  no  time,  and  oscars  are  also  messy  eaters..  u  will  need  good  filtration.
 As  far  as  how  many  u  can  keep,  A  Fully  grown  adult  oscar  needs  alteast  75  Gallons  of  water,  oscars  when  left  in  groups,  form  pairs,  and  might  lead  to  aggression  between  pairs..
 My  suggestion  is  you  get  2  pairs  of  oscar  babies,  and  grow  them.  After  they  grow  up,  u  need  to  upgrade  your  tank  too!
 
 Best  of  luck!
 
 -Nikhil                

 
 Hi  Nikhil,
 
 Thanks  for  your  suggestion.  I  Appreciate!  So  as  per  the  setup  of  my  tank  can  I  keep  baby  oscars  or  I  should  continue  with  cichlids?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:12 pm Post subject: Re: Advice in keeping Baby Oscar Reply with quote

 This  tank  is  small  for  oscar  even  at  juvenile  size.
 They  grow  very  fast  when  fed  properly,  also  they  are  high  bioload  fish,  they  eat  a  lot  and  poop  a  lot.
 Kindly  keep  them  if  you  going  to  upgrade  to  a  3  ft  tank  (45g)  for  a  single  oscar,  or  4ft,5ft  for  a  2-3  oscars.
 They  need  very  good  filters  also.
 I  had  a  oscar  grow  from  2  inch  fish  to  8-9  inch  inch  period  of  about  7  months.
 He  was  alone  in  a  45  ga  tank,  (3x  1.5x  1.5)  with  a  eheim  2220  filter.
 So  my  advice  would  be  to  go  in  for  a  oscar  if  you  prepared  to  upgrade  your  tank  and  filter  in  the  long  run.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:24 pm Post subject: Re: Advice in keeping Baby Oscar Reply with quote

                                                   
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This  tank  is  small  for  oscar  even  at  juvenile  size.
 They  grow  very  fast  when  fed  properly,  also  they  are  high  bioload  fish,  they  eat  a  lot  and  poop  a  lot.
 Kindly  keep  them  if  you  going  to  upgrade  to  a  3  ft  tank  (45g)  for  a  single  oscar,  or  4ft,5ft  for  a  2-3  oscars.
 They  need  very  good  filters  also.
 I  had  a  oscar  grow  from  2  inch  fish  to  8-9  inch  inch  period  of  about  7  months.
 He  was  alone  in  a  45  ga  tank,  (3x  1.5x  1.5)  with  a  eheim  2220  filter.
 So  my  advice  would  be  to  go  in  for  a  oscar  if  you  prepared  to  upgrade  your  tank  and  filter  in  the  long  run.                

 
 It  seems  I  have  no  option  then  skipping  Oscars.  Can  you  suggest  me  which  fishes  I  can  keep  for  this  size  tank.  I  wont  be  able  to  upgrade  the  tank  as  I  already  have  couple  of  tanks  at  my  house  and  if  I  think  to  upgrade  then  I  will  be  out  of  my  house  Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:30 pm Post subject: Re: Advice in keeping Baby Oscar Reply with quote

                                                   
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This  tank  is  small  for  oscar  even  at  juvenile  size.
 They  grow  very  fast  when  fed  properly,  also  they  are  high  bioload  fish,  they  eat  a  lot  and  poop  a  lot.
 Kindly  keep  them  if  you  going  to  upgrade  to  a  3  ft  tank  (45g)  for  a  single  oscar,  or  4ft,5ft  for  a  2-3  oscars.
 They  need  very  good  filters  also.
 I  had  a  oscar  grow  from  2  inch  fish  to  8-9  inch  inch  period  of  about  7  months.
 He  was  alone  in  a  45  ga  tank,  (3x  1.5x  1.5)  with  a  eheim  2220  filter.
 So  my  advice  would  be  to  go  in  for  a  oscar  if  you  prepared  to  upgrade  your  tank  and  filter  in  the  long  run.                

 
 It  seems  I  have  no  option  then  skipping  Oscars.  Can  you  suggest  me  which  fishes  I  can  keep  for  this  size  tank.  I  wont  be  able  to  upgrade  the  tank  as  I  already  have  couple  of  tanks  at  my  house  and  if  I  think  to  upgrade  then  I  will  be  out  of  my  house  Sad                

 
 Ram  are  a  good  choice  for  this  tank,  they  are  very  beautiful  and  are  relatively  docile  than  other  cichlids.
 You  can  also  go  in  for  smaller  tetra's  and  barbs.
 A  pair  of  pearl  gourami  would  also  look  nice,  red  colouration  on  males  is  stunning.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:47 pm Post subject: Re: Advice in keeping Baby Oscar Reply with quote

 Oscars  are  big  fish  so  try  to  keep  them  in  a  large  tank........or  else  keep  two  for  now  and  go  for  a  large  tank  as  they  grow  further......  Thumb Up
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