Hi - New & Excited Oscar Keeper

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Hello all from Omaha, NE USA!

I've been a keeper of Discus, Angels etc. (S. Americans mostly)for quite some time. I've been breeding angels mostly - and some cory cats.

I've always admired Oscars, but needed my tank space for breeding, so I never got one. The new job is going to nix the breeding, so now I have room for an Oscar!

A few days ago I was at one of the LFS's who buy my angels when I saw a tank of six baby Oscars just over 1" - 3 Red and 3 Albino Tigers. I always thought that I'd wind up with a Red Tiger. And since most albino fish creep me out, I was surprised that the one I really fell for was an Albino Tiger.

I've been enjoying watching him come out of his shell...peeking around rocks at me...getting used to us and his new home. I know it's cliche, but it really is more like a new puppy getting used to a new home. Angels are friendly, but more in a hyper "feed me, dammit" kind of way. This guy is sooo cool. I don't know if the pics show it, but he (she) has a red stripe on the dorsal fin & tail. Oh...we named him Chowder.

I look forward to posting with you all. Here are some pics of my new little (for now) buddy...

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Chowder replied the topic: Re:Hi - New & Excited Oscar Keeper

Any clue why I can't post 3 pics with the IMG tags??


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OFL replied the topic: Re:Hi - New & Excited Oscar Keeper

Welcome to the site. Cute fish you got there. I'll look into the image problem

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Elsabe replied the topic: Re:Hi - New & Excited Oscar Keeper

Chowder is adorable! Enjoy him/her every spare moment you have - I did not think it is possible to get attached to any kind of fish as to the Oscar (I'm a cat lover..) I had 2 baby blues - sadly they died due to my incompetence and not properly knowing what to do, but I'm getting there. Congrats with your beautiful buy
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Elsabe wrote:

Chowder is adorable! Enjoy him/her every spare moment you have - I did not think it is possible to get attached to any kind of fish as to the Oscar (I'm a cat lover..) I had 2 baby blues - sadly they died due to my incompetence and not properly knowing what to do, but I'm getting there. Congrats with your beautiful buy


Thanks Elsabe.

I am enjoying him. He's a riot. In fact, I just pulled myself away from the tank to get some sleep. Yesterday, I felt horrible - he was just warming up to us & coming to the glass. So I was feeding him small bits of pellets when I stood up too fast and whacked my head on the stand. He spent the next few hours hiding & peeking at me from behind a rock. All better today though. I thought his first water change would freak him out, but he was a trooper - even curious about it.
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Elsabe replied the topic: Re:Hi - New & Excited Oscar Keeper

It is exactly what happened to me and my 2 tiger newcomers - a bit bigger than yours. Just as I thought they are eating out of my hand - bang! They shy away for a few hours.. now I discovered that they can't resist the bloodworms. When they start to hide away, I take 2 small blocks of frozen bloodworm and leave it close to them - believe me, they forget about any hiding place immediately. They're also not too much bothered about the cleaning process
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