Oscar Breeding Pair

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We recently re homed our Oscars into a new home and they immediately laid eggs. We weren't expecting them to do that so quickly so we are not ready. Now to top that off we have about 20 fry left with the parents from the first spawn which wasn't even a full two weeks ago and now they are laying more eggs. Is this normal behavior? We were planning to let the parents raise the fry but lol they've not raised the first batch yet and now they are working on the second. They have not been able to lay eggs for at least six months due to improper temp and light conditions, so I'm not sure that has any affect on this at all. Thanks in advance for any info/advice
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Rocksor replied the topic: Oscar Breeding Pair

yes, it is normal behavior for cichlids to suddenly have spawns back to back.
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ehall67 replied the topic: Oscar Breeding Pair

congrats on the spawning

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ldypaw replied the topic: Oscar Breeding Pair

Thank you, so will they kill the remaining fry if I don't remove them?
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ehall67 replied the topic: Oscar Breeding Pair

there is a chance of that ... why not remove them

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gorgoroth replied the topic: Oscar Breeding Pair

I have the same with my convicts, first batch of fry is about 0.5" and new batch of eggs allready in the nest, you can remove the fry or let nature take it's course. There is a big chance the oscars will eat the fry to defend their eggs but nothing is certain, they may just take care of 2 spawns simultaniously.

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ldypaw replied the topic: Oscar Breeding Pair

I would remove them but I don't have a tank ready for them, like I said was an unplanned spawn lol right now we still have about 10, 1/2 inch fry hopefully the'll make it till I have time to clean a tank tomorrow and re home them, they are chilling in the nest with the eggs, it's really odd lol
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JasonR replied the topic: Oscar Breeding Pair

Are they eating on the eggs at all?
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ldypaw replied the topic: Oscar Breeding Pair

no one was eating any eggs, we should have wigglers tomorrow but I retrieved the last 7 living fry today they are chilling in a tank solo now. If anyone says "remove the fry" or "remove the eggs" like it's so easy has never met my mama Oscar, she has developed a long and abiding hate for my sparkly pink nails lol
and I've learned a new game called dodge fish, do you play? lol
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ldypaw wrote: no one was eating any eggs, we should have wigglers tomorrow but I retrieved the last 7 living fry today they are chilling in a tank solo now. If anyone says "remove the fry" or "remove the eggs" like it's so easy has never met my mama Oscar, she has developed a long and abiding hate for my sparkly pink nails lol
and I've learned a new game called dodge fish, do you play? lol


I recently had a plate in my tank as a spawning slate in case my fish was going to lay (she's a single lady, but just in case). When I decided to remove it... oh hell. Was that ever a mission.

I guess an easier route would be to divide the fish off to another part of the tank, and then to remove it.
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