Hello.. Oscars or not?

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Hey Everyone,

Hope Everyone is doing well.
New to the forum and new to Oscars as well. Someone gave me a couple fish saying they were Oscars, but when I showed a pet store pictures they said they can't seem to recognize them. Maybe they're oscars but they weren't sure. Just wondering if someone here can give me a hand.
I've had multiple different types of fish before, just never had an oscar. It's been a few months now, though they've been a hand full, I'm really enjoying having them.

The 2 Big ones are about 11inches long
the smaller one is about 6-7 inches

From what I've seem to figure out (also looking at the profiling page on this site)

1. The Black and orange on is a Tiger oscar
2. Is the white/yellow one an Albino Veil Tail Oscar fish?
3. and lastly is the small one a peacock cichlid? or a jack dempsey?
I did have a 4th one but sadly that died. :(









Thanks A lot, Really appreciate any help.

I apologize if i posted this in the wrong section of the forum
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OFL replied the topic: Hello.. Oscars or not?

Hi there, welcome to our forum. The third one is definitely a Jack Dempsey

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Hello.. Oscars or not?

Hello and welcome to OFL. Very nice fish, all of them. Indeed a Jack Dempsey, and a fine looking male.


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S.S. replied the topic: Re:Hello.. Oscars or not?

Hi there Thats correct. Two oscars and a JD.

Wats the size of the tank and why the 4th didnt make it?

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snoop90 replied the topic: Hello.. Oscars or not?

Thank you. Anyway you can tell the sex for the other two?
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snoop90 replied the topic: Re:Hello.. Oscars or not?

Tank is 75 Gallons with a SunSun HW-304B External Canister UV Filter. I also have a Tetra Whisper 10-30i PowerFilter on one end of the tank, figured the extra filtration wouldn't hurt.


The 4th fish used to get bullied a lot by the other 3 mainly the JD and Tiger. Tiger oscar is the Alpha of the tank and chased the JD and 4th one a lot. There were 2 different pipes in there for them to hide and those worked great. But the JD actually used to attack it the most, it got injured pretty bad, so I removed him to heal up. Sadly after 2 weeks it died.

Also I've been having trouble with high ammonia levels. By high I mean 8 ppm via testing bottles. I don't over feed them, I've done water changes sometimes more than once a week, cleaned the rocks the best I can with every water change, cleaned the filter sponges, checked my tap water's ammonia, used ammo lock a bunch of times, but nothings worked. This has been going on for a few months now. I just started using Prime Ammonia remover since the pet store suggested it. Was thinking of adding ammochips in the filter as well. any other suggestions?
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Hello.. Oscars or not?

Well snoop, you have a severely overstocked and under filtered tank. Ammonia is present because you dont have enough seeded bio media to process it. If the level is really 8ppm, thats life threatening to all the fish. You will struggle mightily to keep that a healthy tank, the bioload is just too much for 75 gals of water. You may do it with daily water changes, but the fish are very cramped. You need a 150+gallon tank or decide on 1 fish only for the 75.


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Suprd71 wrote: Well snoop, you have a severely overstocked and under filtered tank. Ammonia is present because you dont have enough seeded bio media to process it. If the level is really 8ppm, thats life threatening to all the fish. You will struggle mightily to keep that a healthy tank, the bioload is just too much for 75 gals of water. You may do it with daily water changes, but the fish are very cramped. You need a 150+gallon tank or decide on 1 fish only for the 75.


That´s why I asked about the tank. It looked small only from the pictures.

You still have 3. upgrade the tank or choose the one you like the most to keep him in better conditions and give the other 2.
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welcome

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SantaMonicaHelp replied the topic: Hello.. Oscars or not?

Hi Snoop90,

Welcome to the forum and congratulations with your new friends !
Fish looks so awesome :) How big are they?

Did you identify them?

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