Oscars Fighting!

  1. Guru Saran

    Guru Saran New Member Member

    Well I have two 4 inch Tiger Oscars......I already wrote a post about transporting them..Well now I have them in a 20 gallon tank.... They were ok for two days...They are eating well and always want to eat..for sometime one of the Oscar is chasing the other Oscar around the tank...I have seen comments about it's normal and it's just there behavior....but still I needed to know....is it me not feeding them properly or is this something else.....I think they both are male......the tank has a black substrate and it has no scaping in it.....only the fish....is there anything I should do...
     
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    Guru Saran

    Guru Saran New Member Member

    And Yes I know the tank should be around 75G I am getting a 125G in a few weeks soon I am gonna put them in there....so I wanted to put this up there :p
     
  3. Fashooga

    Fashooga Fishlore VIP Member

    It's the size of the tank and the two Oscars. Oscars will require a larger tank and need the length. The longer the tank the less aggressive they will be.
     
  4. Adriifu

    Adriifu Well Known Member Member

    Agreed with above. Try adding some fake plants and decor to break the line of sight. It may help simmer down the aggression.
     
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    Guru Saran

    Guru Saran New Member Member

    So I have to move them into the 175 quickly as possible? Can I just partiton them for a week ?

    Well should I partition them or put fake plants?
     
  6. Adriifu

    Adriifu Well Known Member Member

    Partitioning them may work better, but only if you get the 125-gallon ASAP.
     
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    Guru Saran

    Guru Saran New Member Member

    It's gonna take a week or two....is that a problem....
     
  8. Adriifu

    Adriifu Well Known Member Member

    It depends. By partitioning, do you mean adding a piece of glass in between the tanks to turn them into two ten-gallons? Or are you moving one of the oscars to a different 20-gallon? They're both pretty big already, so a 10-gallon is a bit too small. They may get stunted, stressed, or worse if you keep them there for too long.
     
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    Guru Saran

    Guru Saran New Member Member

    I thought of splitting them up in the same tank...but I think after you telling me this....I think I should buy another 20g for the time being....fish tanks are soooo costly in my place.....
     
  10. Adriifu

    Adriifu Well Known Member Member

    Yeah, they can get pretty expensive. You can probably just buy a cheap 20-gallon bin for now and find some decent filtration.
     
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    Guru Saran

    Guru Saran New Member Member

    Yess I think that should doo for a week or two...they are barely 4 inches and already they started fighting for space....ohhh I should have sticked with bettas...but still I love them both :p...is there any way to sex the Oscars...I can't really tell from the male and female
     
  12. Adriifu

    Adriifu Well Known Member Member

    "The only certain way to sex oscar fish is by looking at the breeding tubes. In the female, the tube (ovipositor) is short, stubby and flat at the tip as though sliced off, and about as long as it is wide. The male’s breeding tube is about a third the mass of the female’s tube, very thin, curved and comes to a point; its length is far greater than its width. The tubes are only apparent just before spawning."
    Source: https://www.petcha.com/oscar-fish-breeding/
     
  13. Fashooga

    Fashooga Fishlore VIP Member

    If you have access to getting a light defusser (The plastic light coverings) that might help separate things out until you get your 125. If you can't get that find something plastic, drill some holes around the areas so water can flow through it and that can act as a wall.
     
  14. Mcasella

    Mcasella Fishlore VIP Member

    For one to two weeks splitting them into ten gallon of swimming space will not hurt them in the long run, make sure to keep up on water changes and to help with aggression keep the light on minimally (if they can't see they are less likely to attack).