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hey I have two red tiger Oscars in a 4 ft tank, about 6 months old. I do weekly water changes of roughly 30 %. I believe they are getting ready to breed at the moment as one keeps nipping the other and chasing it. also the one getting chased does a sort of dance and swims side ways. This is the first time I have owned any sort of cichlid and I am thoroughly enjoying the entertainment they bring everyday. The dominant one likes to come to my hand as well which I think is really cool :)

also in my tank I have 1 silver shark, two angel fish male marble and female leopard also 3 clown loaches.

my gold spotted pleco catfish recently died, I think this was due to starving as once I put the Oscars in it tended to ignore feed time. Was very upsetting to lose my catfish :(...
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Rocksor replied the topic: hello from Australia :)

Welcome

They are not getting ready to breed. They are simply being territorial and showing signs of aggression towards each other. This can end badly for one of them. You won't see the breeding dance until close to 18 months of age. As the oscars gets to one year of age, they may also start to show aggression to your angels, so be prepared.

Are you checking water parameters with a liquid test kit like API Freshwater master test kit? If not, you should start testing the ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates every week, especially with that many fish. Oscars produce show much waste and ammonia, compared to smaller fish that your 30% will rise to over 75% weekly, so be prepared.

How many litres/gallons does that tank hold?
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DRACO replied the topic: hello from Australia :)

welcome to the community...

4 ft tank with plenty of fish... no wonder your most hardy fish pleco died..
i agree with Rocksor, oscars are too young to breed yet... and you need to
test your water to determine the actual condition...

can you brief us about your filtration please!
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oh that is a shame. they seemed to be close for quite a while it has only been this coming week the smaller one has been cleaning the pipe and the larger one protecting the pipe not letting any of my fish near it. the large fish likes to show all my fish who is boss by scaring all of them.

I do have the test kit. I will test today I checked a few weeks ago and everything is fine. my Ph levels are neutral atm.

I wonder why the smaller one swims close to the big one on its side, they touch quite a lot and the bigger one doesn't bother.

I am very nieve when it comes to my fish but really committing to providing a happy and healthy home.
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oh also I am not sure how many litres I got the tank off a friend. it is very tall and wide I would guess around 200 litres
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hello. I am using a very powerful filter, will have to ask my partner as he bought it for me. he mentioned to me that he got me a bigger one than I needed.
I have a full media kit and I add wool aswell which I change every filter change which is every 4 weeks
I do a water change every week my water does not appear cloudy and all my fish seem very active.
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thankyou OFL :)
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metalchick92 replied the topic: hello from Australia :)

I just uploaded some pictures on my profile if you would like to see.., I made sure to take side and front pictures of my tank :)
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Suprd71 replied the topic: hello from Australia :)

Hello and welcome to OFL. From your second post... " really committing to providing a happy and healthy home" Lets begin here. Your tank is what is generally considered bare minimum for 1 juvenile Oscar, alone, no tankmates. Ergo, you are severely overstocked and the happy and healthy home is a big no. You are under filtered by a long shot. Filter ratings dont apply to aquariums housing large messy cichlids, of which Oscars are at or near the top. From another thread you mention carbon. Bad to use as a regular filter component, it will harm your fish. Feeding guppies.. very bad. High risk of disease and parasite transfer. If you are serious about long term Oscar keeping you have some serious changes to make. Not trying to give you a bad welcome or unfairly criticize, just putting forward basic large cichlid keeping facts. Your fish will rapidly deteriorate if kept status quo.


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