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J ust wanted to say, HI!
I'm new to keeping oscars but have been keeping fish for a few years now and love the hobby. I've always been fascinated by the oscar fish and so when I got a great deal on a 90 gallon I decided to get a pair. When I found the pair they didn't look like any I've ever seen so I thought I might have found something unusual, turns out there just a "common " pair.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Introduction

Hello and welcome to OFL. Yes, a pair of Tiger Oscars. However they will change appearance , color and pattern as they grow and mature. Anything you need, just ask. Oscars are my specialty so to speak, been keeping them 50yrs. Been there, done that, still doing it!


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DRACO replied the topic: Introduction

when you love your fish...don't ever feel they are
just "common"... for me... every fish is unique!

welcome to the community!
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if you don't mind I've got a few questions?
1) what's the best way to tell if oscars are "paired" when i got my two they were glued to each other in a tank of about 10-14 and so i got them both in fear they might already be bonded. They stick with each other even still, and not even a drop of aggression.
2) Is there a way to sex them? when i got them they looked identical, but since its been a few weeks now I've noticed one is "darkening " in its black strips and the other is staying a noticeably lighter shade. Darker = male? lighter = female?
3) If they turn out to be a male/ male or female/ female duo will they stay friendly with each other since there growing up together?

thanks in advance.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: questions?

Your Oscars are too small/young to sex yet. They are hanging together as a safety/comfort thing. Color means nothing, size means nothing. Ensuring compatibility by growing up together is a myth. They will develop their own personalities and character traits. They will change colors and patterns as they mature. I will inform you that 90g is far too small for 2 Oscars as adults. Picture a 14in fish weighing 2lbs or more. Oscar can be that size before 2yrs of age. Stress from lack of space is a real health concern, can lead to excessive aggression. Your fish may be a pair for life. They may start fighting today or tomorrow. Nothing you can do to make it the way you want it.


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Soo what should I do as far as tank size? what would be the minimum size I'd need? Is a 90 gal big enough for 1? I really don't want to get rid of a oscar but i want what's best for my fish and I'm not sure if my living situation can handle bigger.
sorry for all the questions I'm just kinda panicking now. and if I do have to rehome one is it best to do so as a baby or wait until there a bit older?
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Suprd71 replied the topic: questions?

lol, no need to panic. The minimum recommendation for 2 Oscars is a 72x18 footprint with at least 125 gals. While 125 isnt excessively bigger than 90 from a volume point, its the footprint of a 6ft tank that matters. 90 will hold a single Oscar. Not all Oscars reach huge size. Some top out at 10ins. Oscars are a big body, fast growing fish, and the more living space you can provide, the better for them. Your 90 will hold 2 fish for a while, few months max imo. Give you a chance to determine which one you like best. Aggression may force your hand sooner than later. Please dont apologize for questions, ask as many as you need to, whether you think relevant or not. We are here to help.


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So at what size can they be sexed, and if it comes down to it what are some determining factors that i should consider if i have to choose one over the other? or is it personal preference? and if they turn out to be m/f combo and there bonded would it mess them up to split them up? I know there intelligent and i wouldn't want to heart break my fish as silly as that sounds. I'm trying to get a game plan going so i kinda have an idea as to what I have to do in a few months.
and ty ty ty for your time and knowledge in helping me with this, i just want what's best for the fish and you helping me will insure that happens. so again ty
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Suprd71 replied the topic: questions?

Sexing fish that are otherwise identical involves venting them. You have to net them look under and see their privates. Takes experience. Oscars are not sexually mature until 18 months, more often closer to 2yrs. They wont bond as mates until at minimum that time frame. Were I you, I wouldnt be concerned about gender. There are no characteristics, visible physical traits, etc that makes one different than the other. Lots of Oscar keepers dont know the dif ever, unless one day you see eggs in the tank. Again, that doesnt mean no eggs, no female. I have an 8yr old female, has never laid eggs. Oscars are very much "you get what you get". Still my favorite hobby fish after all these years.


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DRACO replied the topic: questions?

you hit the nail in the head mate....

i also had an experience that 2 oscars who lay eggs are pair...
i just found out they were both female... the reason why eggs
never hatch LOL!

i had to see both of them lay eggs in the same slate alternately...
and they never fight whatsoever...
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