The kids and the hubs and a couple of friends have asked the same thing, but with all I've read about a 75 being the minimum size for an oscar, I don't want to take any chances with crowding. I try hard not to overstock my tanks because I can get a little lazy with the water changes. I have a Python coming this week so hopefully that will cure me. I can't lift buckets and I hate having to ask for help all the time, you know?
Dawn Michele THANK YOU for the before and after of your Big Boy. He looked a lot like my Vinny does when he was little, so maybe he will continue to color up. He's getting Omega One cichlid pellets and a krill treat right now. He smokes the krill like a cigar so I don't want to give him anything bigger yet, but I can't wait to start supplementing with mealworms too. He also gets anything we find crawling through the house, which he says is super cool! (I live in the south...bugs happen)
Don't worry - he is absolutely going to be an "only" fish. They're so big I just can't imagine anything not being in his way. I'm taking my MTS outdoors to a tub pond. Duly noted on the rocks. I will keep an eye on things on that front. Might end up just being him and some pebbles!Whatever you do, do not put a Jack Dempsey in there with him. Because Oscars grow so fast, you need to remember a Jack Dempsey that is the same size as your Oscar is a much older fish. The Jack Dempsey will pick on the Oscar. If you want something in there with him, I have had luck with 3-4 silver dollars. You would need a few because they are a schooling fish. Also, watch out for those rocks in there. As he grows, they are a prime area for him to get injured. And finally, a 75 gallon is plenty for him!
Yo Vinny!!!! Looking good!!!!!Vinny the Chin update! Trying to take pictures/video of him every week or two to kind of document his growth and how his color changes. He looks like he's glass surfing, but it was mostly because he's used to getting his krill after dinner and I hadn't ponied up dessert yet.
You don't need to take the rocks out to clean. Over time green algae will overtake the diatom. A group of 4 or 5, Y. Modesta -
Aka - Blue Loaches, might be the cleanup crew you're looking for. They are big, fast & tough Loaches. I keep a group of them in my African Cichlid tank, a very hostile environment, and they do fine. They might stir up the gravel enough as to lessen the substrate algae problem.
Sadly I think Morpheus is right. Oscars are just so big... I believe part of the problem is how messy an oscar is, so more fish is not going to improve matters much. I was sort of thinking on the lines of green algae will push out the brown over time, just wondered if anyone else had some magic bullet. Look at me asking for an overnight answer when I'm the one always saying "Patience!"I don't think hostility is the issue. How big do those get? When my Oscar was full grown, he loved nothing more than carrying a golf ball from one end of the tank to the other in his mouth. I don't think he would have an issue or problem eating one of those.
For some reason that photo makes him look small. I guess because of the reflection of my phone but he's easily 5-6" now. My hand just covers him if I hold it up. I will try the faces. I've been gone a lot lately and he might just be mad at me. He used to play peek a boo in the corner of the tank with my daughter but now he just puts his stripes on and tries to hide behind the rock.I used to always make faces at mine. Get him to flare at me by opening his mouth real wide. You feel like a fool til the first time he does it back lol. How big is he now? 3-4"?
Yea, I found the more I interacted with him, the more he responded to me. He looked a lot like your fella!
I remember one time I came home from work. I walked by his tank, and he flipped out. Flaring at me, opening and shutting his mouth, racing from one end of his tank to the other. Could not for the life of me figure out what the issue was. It turns out, I was wearing a shirt the exact same colors as he was. And every time he saw me in that shirt, or I just brought it out to show visitors how much he hated it, he would go crazy lol. Strangest thing I ever saw. But man he hated that shirt.
Vinny looks to be a very high quality Oscar. You might look at him more of a "status" fish rather than an interactive friend.
You don't always need to keep Oscars solo. At his current size maybe add several Giant Danios. Some fast schooling dithers should perk him up. That's not a permanent solution, but it might work for now.
Hello.You should go check out my thread Big Boy's Latest Creation. He is sooooo much fun!!!! He's such a character!!! Vinny is still young. You need to give him some more time.