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Good day all.

So it all started when I was a child. My mom had a huge tank with several Oscars in it. I would sit in front of it for hours watching them. Sadly tho we came home from having dinner one day and our whole apt building was in flames and by time they got it out, there was nothing left of our place at all, just ashes.

In my teens I had a 20gal with a convict in it. I joined the Army @ 17 and 1/2, served for ten years so that put a hold on having a tank.

After I got out I got a tank had three Oscars in it and a Blue Eyes pleco. The Oscars I got at 1in juveniles, the pleco was given to me from a neighbor (was getting to big for his tank). I had this tank going for two and half years. The Oscars were 12in or so long and the pleco was about 13in or so long, not counting the tail fins. So one morning I awoken to them all floating belly up. The heater fritzed out and over heated the tank.

So I got out of the hobby, got too attached to my fish and it hurt so much when I lost them.

Here 12 years later a friend gave me a 55gal acrylic tank, stand and canopy for free.
Not sure what I wanted to keep long term I got six juvenile cichlids to pick who I liked the most to be the keepers and take back the rest.

I live in the Portland, Or area so The Wet Spot is the fish store I get all my fish from. I got a Red Terror, Green Terror, Jack Dempsey, Electric Blue Jack Dempsey, GreenTexas, and an albino Tiger Oscar.

By some freak chance I happen to get a female JD, and the EBJD was male. Within five minutes the two fell in love, and have been a bonded pair ever since.

My 14 year old son picked out the Oscar and named him Tony the Tiger Oscar, come to find out later that Tony is a girl so changed the Y into an I.

So it came down to these 3 as who was going to be kept and who went back. Turns out I wanted the JDs, but my son wanted to keep Toni. So I got a second 55gal and put Toni in it and the JDs got the first 55gal.

When Toni get her own tank I got an albino Ruby Oscar from California, to be her mate. It showed up with a bad pectoral fin, was a birth defect that was somehow over looked, but I got my money back. It was folded in half and pointed straight down. He got around well enough, but in the long run Toni said nope, and would either eat, sulk in a cave or attack him. So I had to rehome him.

Here it is seven months later and now I have three tanks, Toni's, the JDs and also a 29gal with a Jewel cichlid in it.


The JD tank. They are 4.5in for the male and 3.5 for the female, named Jack & Jill.

Toni's tank currently


The Jewel cichlid and it's tank.
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Hello, Merry Christmas, and welcome to OFL. Good looking fish. Curious... what makes you think Toni is female?


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Welcome to our community. Very nice introduction and nice fish and aquarium. Thank you very much for taking the time to tell us about yourself.

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Good day and Merry Christmas to all

To answer the question. All the info I have gather leads me to that determination

Clue#1 It is said that males dorsal and anal fin overlap their tail fin by a good margin.
In this pic you can see that Toni's fin don't.



Clue#2 it's said that males have a more elongated body, not so oval, round as Toni's is. This is harder to see as I don't have a male to side by side compare. But what I have seen of other Oscar's while at The Wet Spot in Portland, is her body is more oval as compared to the males.

Clue#3 Vent checking says males have 2 simular sized holes, females have one smaller, one bigger.

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Alrighty then.. lets be more specific. The overlapping fins and general body shape are very loose identifiers, really not reliable. I have a 5yr old female, long and lean, plenty of finnage. Guaranteed female as she has laid thousands of eggs. I have a bigger 6yr old female that is tall bodied, heavyset you could say. Again, she has overlapping fins. The fins will overlap somewhat on nearly all Oscars as they age. The venting is usually a solid, buuuut, your fish being only around a yr old is not sexually mature, nor is it done growing. At this point, its more than likely your fish is a she, but its not 100%. Tell you what you do have is a super looking specimen. Male or female, its a beauty.


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Thanks for the compliment. I try my hardest to provide a good home for them.

I was living in an apt, that two years ago was torn down to the wall studs and redone. All new pipes, wiring, apliances and all that.

The water from the tap there was near perfect there, ph of 7.8, slightly hard no nitrite or nitrates.
I just moved into a basement of a 70 year old house, and well water is not as good here. I had to change from a weekly fin level water changes at the apt, to every 3 days due to the old pipes pumping out water with 20ppm nitrates already.
With that being said I am moving again on the first. A friend of a friend has a converted garage (seperate building from the house) that they are going to rent to me. Already tested the water there and it has 0 nitrates in it, I guess due to it all being new pipes, also a slab foundation so I don't have to worry about weight of tanks.
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Eek, getting away from that water is a very good thing. No good for fish, no good for humans either. Its actually double the legal limit of nitrate. If I may offer another suggestion... Oscar will do so much better in a bigger tank. 55g and 12in wide is just too small for a fish that can reach 14+ins and weigh 3 lbs. Lots of work for you too, a big Oscar in 55, with tankmates to boot, will need possibly 3 big w/c per week, and that's just to keep reasonably good water. Get him in a 5 or 6ft tank, 120g or better, big w/c every 5 days or so and that's a recipe for a long and healthy life


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That is already in the works, a bigger tank that is.
I am disabled and have to live on $900 a month, so I have been getting the parts needed for a 6x2x2 foot tank.
ATM my tanks have sand substrate, and I have learned the hard way it's hard on filter pumps. I had to change out the shafts in my AC110s already due to these fish kicking up clouds of sand in their digging and it getting sucked up into the filters. You may be able to see in my pics that I put sponges on them to block the sand, but still the finer grains get thru. So I will change to gravel in the 180. I have bought the new gravel already Carbisea snowy river, 200lbs of it @50 bucks a bag.
Next will need more filtration. I will use the two AC 110s to seed the tank with their BB colonies. And add two FX4s for a total of four filters on it. With the four filters I will be over the suggested 10x turn overs per hour.
Next its lights, and the glass lids, cheap as compared to the filters and tank.
The stand I will DIY like the one I made for my 29, just using 2x6 instead of 2x4s
And lastly I talked to a manager at Petsmart and he said he can special order the tank, an aqueon 180gal, model number 10180.
So at this point I have the 2FX4s and tank to buy, well the 2x6s for the stand as well, was saving them for just before I get the tank.
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Good news all round! Oscars do soooo much better in big tanks. I use many FX series filters, they are great. I would leave the AC110's on permanent, they will take some mechanical strain off the canisters. Little tip before you blow coin on lighting.. Oscars prefer dim at best, and Lutino/Albinos in particular are very light sensitive. Too bright, too many hours on will damage their vision, and/or make them hide. About half my tanks have no lights. Daylight and ambient room lighting in evening does them fine. Night is blackout, Oscar is a big sleep fan, just like we are!


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Further plans in the works already.
ATM I have two 55gal tanks, one with Toni and another with a mated pair of Jack Dempsey's.
I am going to donate the JDs to a friend's Platinum JD breeding project since the pairs fry will all carry the blue gene due to dad being a EBJD.
This will free up one 55gal. In that I will grow out a male Oscar and some more Roseline sharks, so when the 180 is ready they all will be near the same size, and both Oscar's growing up with the Roseline sharks won't see then as food.
Not sure yet what type I will get yet, tied between either a albino red, or a wild caught
As I get the FX4s I will add one to each 55gal to get a BB colony growing in them as well, before being moved to the 180.
The glass tank that Toni is in is already sold to a friend (he is going to buy it when I got the 180 up and running, for a snake tank) and the acrylic 55gal that the JDs are in will be kept as a emergency hospital tank.
So final stock in the 180 will be Toni her mate, 8 to 10 Roseline sharks, the Oceloted Synadonis catfish that's in Toni's tank ATM, and a Royal pleco L191
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