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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:10 pm Post subject: Lip Lock of Oscars!!! Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 
 I  have  got  this  pair  of  copper  Oscar  (around  8  inches)  in  a  42,  15,  18  tank.  Since  yesterday  i  find  them  very  aggressive  and  doing  this  lip  locking  activity.  The  tank  is  occupied  just  by  them  and  has  an  EHEIM  external  filter.  Is  this  a  concern  and  do  I  need  to  do  anything.
 
 Thanks  for  your  help  and  have  a  good  weekend.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:54 pm Post subject: Re: Lip Lock of Oscars!!! Reply with quote

 Hi  subhrajit,
 
 They  will  definitely  do  bullying  unless  they  are  paired.  Your  tank  size  is  good  for  only  one  oscar.  If  you  want  to  keep  a  pair  of  oscar,  try  to  keep  6-7  juvenile  oscars  and  wait  for  6-7  months  to  grow;  find  the  pair;  return  remaining  oscars  to  the  LFS;  finally  upgrade  your  tank  if  possible.
 
 or
 
 Add  several  numbers  of   dithering  fishes  such  as  Tinfoils,  Silver  dollars
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:14 pm Post subject: Re: Lip Lock of Oscars!!! Reply with quote

 Thanks  Karthik,  
 
 Got  them  almost  an  year  back  and  they  have  grown  from  3-4  inches  to  8  inches  now.  So  was  wondering  what’s  making  them  aggressive  now.  Upgrade  of  tank  not  feasible  now.  Didn’t  introduce  any  dithering  fishes,  thinking  it  will  consume  space  and  also  maybe  attacked  by  the  Oscars.  But  can  defiantly  give  it  a  shot.  So  you  think  the  lip  locking  could  be  a  concern.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:36 pm Post subject: Re: Lip Lock of Oscars!!! Reply with quote

 subhrajit,
 Oscars  do  that  lip  locking  (bullying)  for  the  territorial  issue.  It  is  usual  at  this  size.  You  can  wait  for  few  days  whether  the  bullying  stops.  Otherwise  try  adding  mid  sized  dithering  fishes  2-3  in  numbers.  Tinfoils,Silver  dollars  will  never  be  reached  by  the  oscars.  They  are  lighting  fast  and  constantly  swims  all  the  directions  in  the  tank,  gathering  attention  of  oscars.  They  will  not  have  time  to  lip  lock  anymore.  I  recommend  Tinfoils  since  i  had  kept  them  with  my  Red  Tiger  Oscar  for  years.  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:00 am Post subject: Re: Lip Lock of Oscars!!! Reply with quote

 go  for  albino  tinfoils  they  will  look  good  with  the  copper  oscars
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:12 am Post subject: Re: Lip Lock of Oscars!!! Reply with quote

 subhrajit..  hi..  liplocks  could  be  signs  of  territorial  aggression  or  breeding  behaviour..  do  they  keep  flaring  their  gill  flaps  at  each  other  by  any  chance?  just  throw  in  a  flat  piece  of  smooth  rock  into  the  tank..  prob  away  from  the  inlet  and  outlet  of  the  canister..  prob  plonk  it  right  in  the  center..  prob  some  pictures  or  video  of  your  setup  and  the  behaviour  would  be  appreciated..  cheers
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:01 pm Post subject: Re: Lip Lock of Oscars!!! Reply with quote

 Thanks  everyone...will  check  for  the  availability  of  tinfoil  at  hyd..also  wld  upload  the  pics  soon..
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:58 am Post subject: Re: Lip Lock of Oscars lead to Mouth Rot Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 
 The  aggresive  lip  lock  has  lead  to  huge  damage  for  both  the  fishes.  The  mouth  is  badly  bruised  and  this  morning  i  saw  some  fungal  growth  in  that  area  (some  cotton  like  stuff).  I  guess  thats  mouth  rot  and  really  worried  abt  them.  Gave  some  Ocean  free  general  aid,  some  rock  salt  and  planing  for  a  50%  water  change  this  eve.  Anything  else  that  i  need  to  do.  Please  suggest.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:28 pm Post subject: Re: Lip Lock of Oscars!!! Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 
 Please  suggest.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:01 pm Post subject: Re: Lip Lock of Oscars!!! Reply with quote

 Separate  one  of  them  and  keep  it  in  a  quarantine  tank,  re-introduce  them  after  a  week.  This  may  help.  I  think.  Keep  50%  water  change  daily  until  the  signs  disappear.
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