Osars pairing up

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ok I know its not easy to just pick a pair of oscars & most of us get a few of them of hope for them to pair up.

but I was wondering how the oscars choose their partner?? I've currently got 5 juvies at the moment & hoping for a pair, now say for example 4 are males & 1 is female. Just like other cichlids do oscars have the same dominant/subdominant male patern? & the dominant male get the girl??

Say my oscars do pair up & I am not happy with the combination of Oscars that paired up? If I seperated them & introduced them to other oscars will they pair up with the new ones??
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Noddy replied the topic: Re: Osars pairing up

If they choose a partner themselves, IMO changing them around will probably give you more trouble then you like, but I'm no expert on the matter.
I guess if you get an established couple you should go with those.
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Johnology replied the topic: Re: Osars pairing up

Noddy wrote:

If they choose a partner themselves, IMO changing them around will probably give you more trouble then you like, but I'm no expert on the matter.
I guess if you get an established couple you should go with those.


I think noddy is correct from what I have read.

Did you try the forum search? might be a similar thread or your answer buried in another one..

if not I'm sure you'l get an answer in no time when the Experts arrive :)

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rumncoke0482 replied the topic: Re: Osars pairing up

you can def pair up to your choosing but you will def run into issues cause its like snatching another mans woman not a good thing all the time but if you want a def pair best of luck i just hope you have the space avail for them if you let them breed cause caring aone can be a big challenge from time to time.

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delboybully replied the topic: Re: Osars pairing up

The question is if you are planning on breeding oscars why would you want to split a pair up. I am assuming you would want a certain type to breed , eg 2 tigers. The only reason i can see for splitting fish up is if you wanted to breed 2 types, like say a tiger and an albino and you end up with 2 tigers breeding. But if you want to split a pair up and try to get another to pair up you will need to have quite a few tanks to home the various oscars. I dont think it would be a problem to seperate pairs, they will soon pick up with another suitable oscar to breed with

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angmat replied the topic: Re: Osars pairing up

nope, I would never want to split up a pair. I was just curious to know if they would choose another mate if they did get split up.
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PAUL replied the topic: Re:Osars pairing up

angmat wrote:

but I was wondering how the oscars choose their partner?? I've currently got 5 juvies at the moment & hoping for a pair, now say for example 4 are males & 1 is female. Just like other cichlids do oscars have the same dominant/subdominant male patern? & the dominant male get the girl??

can you refresh me on your tank size? if your tank is not big enough, having so
many oscar in it would a problem. you may end up no fish at all before paring.
as they grow up and happen to have 2 or more males, they will keep on fighting
to establish territorial domain, more so with a female.

Say my oscars do pair up & I am not happy with the combination of Oscars that paired up? If I seperated them & introduced them to other oscars will they pair up with the new ones??

granting they pair up, i believe you have to stick to who among them pair up and be happy
with it. separating them to create another pair would be another hit and miss.
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angmat replied the topic: Re:Osars pairing up

Paul, for now these guys are in a 75G. will be upgrading to a 250G shortly.
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angmat wrote:

Paul, for now these guys are in a 75G. will be upgrading to a 250G shortly.

okey then... thanks..... having 75 gal will give you up to 3 inches size of all 5 oscars
before you encounter a lot of problems....of course, you can negate all of those things
with extra effort in water change and additional filtration.
75 gal x 3.85=288.75 liters
288.75 /5 oscar =57.75 lit per oscar /21 lit per body inch = 2.75 oscar size
which means for healthy and happy fishes, you can have them in that 75 gal until they
grow up to 3 inches long
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delboybully replied the topic: Re:Osars pairing up

I am not so sure on Pauls formula, I reckon you could keep 5 oscars of 3 inches long in a 75g easily. However what i would say is to test your water every week before a water change. If nitrate goes above 40 then you need to do bigger or more frequent water changes. Most of us on here do a 50% water every week. When your water changes are getting too much or too often for you then its time for a bigger tank or to rehome them. Ammonia and nitrite should be zero. If it goes above zero then you dont have enough filtration and you need more straight away

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