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Hi there Penn and other good people,
I would really like to learn more about oscars in their natural environment. Wouldn't it be great if someone did a TV documentasry on them? I mean there are dozens of shows on sharks, snakes, crocodile, insects, parasites... you name it... why is it that there isn't very much information on one of the most popular aquaria fish in the world? Lots of stuff on keeping them in a tank.... but what about their lives in the wild?
Any suggestions?

Hey Penn... you could be the Oscar Hunter ... could be leading role stuff!

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OFL replied the topic: Re:more info wanted

Good question Karan. I think that because there are so many thousands of fish that live in South America, especially the Amazon, doing a programme just on one fish wouldn't be viable. Dedicating a whole programme to one fish such as an Oscar would be very costly I would imagine. Then they would have to decide how much of an audience it would get. However, covering a wide variety of animal life in the Amazon would appeal to a much wider audience I would think. I am sure that if the cameraman came across Oscars, they would give a few minutes to it.

There was a television programme over here around three years ago called Amazon abyss. There were about five programmes in the series and it involved some scientists and wildlife like a like going down to the Amazon to study the wildlife in the river. Of course I was very excited, I would get to see Oscars in the wild. Well, I didn't see one single Oscar. Various cichlids, but no Oscars.

What exactly do you want to know?

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delboybully replied the topic: Re:more info wanted

I doing something (cant remember what) for my dad in his living room a few years ago and a nature program was on the TV. He said to me look at that bird eat that oscar. I was too late, the oscar was swallowed by the time I looked. So the oscar had no more that the equivalent of a walk on non speaking part but he did make the TV (before he became dinner) Unusual TV dinner!!!!

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Akkaren replied the topic: Re:more info wanted

I do understand that producing such programs are very costly..really I do.

I would love to know where in the rivers or water ways the prefer. sluggish back waters? deep or shallow? How large of a territory do they defend? Do they defend it all year round or only during breeding? Do they breed all year round or is there a set season? What is the greatest threat to them? predatore wise (beside those large shore birds) What do the juveniles do with themselves until they are old enough or large enough to breed? Do they school up for protection? Are they solitary? Does one sex live longer than the other? Are they an important food source for indiginous people?

Come on.. won't you you love to see Penn become the Oscar Hunter!
It's all waiting for you Penn... fame fortune...fish groopies.

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OFL replied the topic: Re:more info wanted

Oscars like slow-moving rivers. I would imagine they would breed all year round since the water will stay relatively warm all the time. If you think about it, Oscars will lay eggs in an aquarium at any time of the year because the water is constant. Brazil is very close to the equator so the temperature is always in the high 20s, early 30s

Oscars will be very territorial and will protect their eggs and fry vigorously. Just like any young fish, they'll be at risk from being eaten by bigger fish. Good job the Oscar is a very fast-growing fish, they don't stay small for too long. They certainly are a food source down in the Amazon, if they are unfortunate enough to get caught, they will certainly end up as a tasty meal.

No, I don't think Oscars will be school fish. Remember that they are very protective towards their young so they are hardly going to hang around in big groups of adults all the time. They will pair off and probably stay with the same partner for many years.

I would love to go down to South America and see what's going on.

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delboybully replied the topic: Re:more info wanted

I have a plan that one day i will go fishing in oscar country and catch at least one. Take a few photos and then chuck him back. How cool would that be. Im sure the people who live there would be able to tell us more about these fish in their natural environment. If/when I go and i will keep you all informed

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Jaysen_sd replied the topic: Re:more info wanted

Well with the flooding of fish farms in Florida, Oscars also lay claim to that area as being home. You can catch Oscars in the canals and whatnot. Hence why it is illegal to release fish in public waters, they have the capability to thrive in areas that are similar to thier home regions. So if its Oscar fishing you want. A trip to Florida is all it takes!!
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OFL replied the topic: Re:more info wanted

Yeah, people don't realise that when creatures end up in an environment that is alien to them, devastating results can occur from them being there. Two examples over here which both originate from America are the red squirrel and the signal crayfish. Our native squirrel only exists in a couple of places now because of the grey squirrel. The same goes for our native crayfish, that is being wiped out by the signal crayfish.

Oscars could possibly compete with other fish that are native to North America. I've not heard that they are causing problems. In Australia, the carp is actually classed as a noxious species and in many states, it is illegal to put one back after you have caught one. If somebody killed a carp over here in the UK, they would get lynched.

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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:more info wanted

You ALL obviously missed this post I made as THIS FISH is beginning to devastate lakes and rivers here in the eastern USA and is now even reported to be found in the lower Potomac River south of Washington DC. It's only goal is to eliminate many other species of small fish and this is of great Governmental concern here.

www.oscarfishlover.com/component/option,com_kunena/Itemid,90/func,view/id,1512/catid,20/

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Need to give away one healthy 1 year old Oscar if you know of anyone interested. See the adoption thread for photos. Thanks!
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OFL replied the topic: Re:more info wanted

I'm not surprised, if Oscars eat in the wild like they do in captivity, I would be surprised if any little fish were left. The problem with a lot of these purposes of the actually eat the young before they get to adulthood. And also compete for food and starve the rest of the native species.

There is a fish called the Zander that was introduced accidentally a few years ago. It is now very sought-after fish here. And more importantly, it hasn't had a detrimental effect on any other fish


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