Pull Oscar eggs or keep in tank?

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Hello All,

I'm new to this forum but have read quite a bit here over the last couple of days and the forum seems helpful. So i wanted to ask a ? about my oscars.

I have a pair of oscars that i obtained from a guy on craigslist. He raised the oscars from babies (2 1/2 inches). He said that they had spawned three times before he sold them to me. But the oscars or other fish would always eat the eggs. After having these fish for 3 months I got them to spawn in a 75 gallon with only 1 pleco in the tank. I watched the oscars eat the eggs. My question is, should i pull the eggs or let them try to raise them? This is the oscars 4th or 5th time spawning overall. This definitely is a pair because I have watched the male fertilize the eggs and have video. Also some eggs that the guy had before in a photo showed the eggs amber color.

They seem to want to spawn again now. They just spawned about 2 weeks ago.

Thank you for your help

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tehmole replied the topic: Re: Pull Oscar eggs or keep in tank?

first off welcome to OFL.

you are going to hear that the tanks too small for 2 o's and a pleco. you might want to get a bigger tank. need at least a 150 for your stock.

your o's might eat the eggs due to water condition
don't know the size of your O - please share your tank and oscar size.

it is norm for them to eat their first spawn ~ i would leave the eggs in there if they spawn again.
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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Pull Oscar eggs or keep in tank?

It depends what you want out of this. Do you want to spawn and raise little oscars?

(If you do, please have a plan as to what you're going to do with them - i.e., a pet shop that will take them or something similar.)

If you want to raise them, leaving the eggs in the tank is very likely get them eaten by the pleco, or even by inexperienced parents. Most oscars get it right after a few tries. Some pairs never do, though, in which case, if you want to raise fry, you will need to remove the eggs and hatch them away from the parents. This is quite tricky (the eggs get fungus really easily), and I don't know much about it at all, but I'm quite sure that if this is what you want to do, a more experienced member will be able to help you with this :)
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hitsndc replied the topic: Re: Pull Oscar eggs or keep in tank?

Thanks guys!! Funny thing is, my Oscars are spawning now. I would like to raise little oscars @Nina_W. I am going to put this empty 10 gallon to use and try to manually hatch. I need a airstone and a heater. I will withdraw water from the current tank. I will filter out the eggs and use tweezers to pluck off non fertile eggs. I will post a pic once my phone charges.

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DRACO replied the topic: Re: Pull Oscar eggs or keep in tank?

i was told that once a mother o started to eat eggs, she will always do that,
thus you need to do the snatching the slate and hatch them artificially...

as the people had ask.... what is your plan?
if you just want to have an experience in hatching fish eggs,
you may do so, but still need to know what will you do with the
fries if ever you successfully hatched them? or simply put the fries back
at the parents tank and let the parent decide for their fate!
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This is shortly after spawning
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DRACO replied the topic: Re: Pull Oscar eggs or keep in tank?

you should wait a while until the eggs changes their color...
something like this.... before snatching the slate..

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hitsndc replied the topic: Re: Pull Oscar eggs or keep in tank?

lol i feel you. last time in the morning after they spawned 66% of the eggs were gone and they ate the rest...i still have the eggs in there, but i dont want them to eat them so i have a 10g tank with heat and airstone ready
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DRACO replied the topic: Re: Pull Oscar eggs or keep in tank?

you can also apply a met blue at the standby tank to make sure
fungi will not hit the eggs... one time, the wigglers could not
swim at all when hatched due to fungi on the slate that looks like
cotton
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hitsndc replied the topic: Re: Pull Oscar eggs or keep in tank?

do u think i should remove the eggs or keep them in?
I do have a pleco in the tank. I dont plan on turning off the lights tonight for the tank. I figure they can see better and fight of the pleco. It just really scares me because last time the oscars ate the eggs themselves
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