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kjohnsonjazz replied the topic: interesting O behavior

I have one that is ok with me taking its picture. The other one lays down as soon as it sees my phone come out. oddly enough the second oscar is the same one that breaks plastic plants all of the time. It could care less what it is if it is not where it wants the decoration will be moved.
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LeafsFan replied the topic: interesting O behavior

Since I put my Oscar in his 100 gallon he's constantly attacking his reflection I just hope it's not stressing him in a bad way to cause him health problems.
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kjohnsonjazz replied the topic: interesting O behavior

mine has been attacking the glass that covers the tank. It has started to do that much less though. I have read that they do this often especially when moved into a new situation. After a while it sounds like they get bored with it and quite attacking their reflection.
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:interesting O behavior

I had 2 Oscars 20 years ago that would hide when my roommates sister came to visit. No one bothered them except her. Any body else came they were fine. But she came to visit a few times and every time they would cower in the corner. Also I had very interesting behaviour from my plecos' interaction with these 2 oscars. Each oscars would in turn go into a head down position, mid water, turn very dark in colour and let the pleco go all over them, behaviour you would expect from a cleaner wrasse. Then the other Oscar would let the pleco have a turn. They would do it a couple times each when they were doing it. I knew it was a cleaning process and had witnessed it a few times. The pleco left no marks on the oscars. This was long before the Internet so researching was left to questions of others, books at the LFS and the library. The only thing I could find that I remember was a sentence or 2 in some literature by H.R Axlerod I believe, saying he had seen this between plecos and discus. That was one of the first questions I asked the fine people here when I joined this forum a few years ago and nobody had any info. I still search it once in awhile as I'm sure I can't be the only one to have every seen this.

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UNC-CH replied the topic: Re:interesting O behavior

jmunroe wrote: ... I had very interesting behaviour from my plecos' interaction with these 2 oscars. Each oscars would in turn go into a head down position, mid water, turn very dark in colour and let the pleco go all over them, behaviour you would expect from a cleaner wrasse. Then the other Oscar would let the pleco have a turn. They would do it a couple times each when they were doing it. I knew it was a cleaning process and had witnessed it a few times. The pleco left no marks on the oscars.


Wow - now that's truly amazing.
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Lammergeier replied the topic: Re:interesting O behavior

Yeah, that's so cool.

We've left a time-lapse running when we weren't in the room, and for the most part Henry just tails Adie like a lost little puppy and tries (and fails) to mimic what she does. She spends all her time making little 'nests' in the sand these days, but Henry doesn't know how it works. When she does it he'll just try and eat a mouthful and/or end up completely covered in sand because he's just poking it with his face instead of actually doing something.

The most interesting thing Henry does is that he lets us pat him doing water changes these days, kinda. If myself or Mr. Lam put our finger in the water Henry will swim up and touch our finger with his head and happily sit there while we (gently) pat him for a few seconds. After a few seconds he just lowers his head by a couple of cm and resumes his usual happy business of swimming right in front of our faces and begging for food/attention, then (often) a minute or two later he'll swim back to our hand and the whole thing repeats itself.
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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:interesting O behavior

Lam must be nice to own a "happy" oscar
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Lammergeier replied the topic: Re:interesting O behavior

@Frank: I've never owned any other oscars so I can't really compare :lol: but I do love him to bits. He's just like a very slow, aquatic puppy. Pretty sure Henry would have to be one of the least aggro oscars on this forum lol.
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streetsmart73 replied the topic: interesting O behavior

Goranothos wrote: So today we are having my sister-in-law for company overnight. She gets here around 5pm, and darkness has fallen. Wife comes home and we all have dinner in the dining room, where my tank is.

I have rarely witnessed Fred, my O, behaving "normally", meaning not in the act of begging for food. Tonight, while we were all talking and having a good time, not paying attention to the tank, I got a glimpse of how Fred probably behaves when no one is watching. Apparently, having given up on receiving more food, Fred starts cruising the tank, like a shark. He starts scooping up mouthfuls of sand and then spitting them out. Then he bites the mopani driftwood and shakes it vigorously. Then, he does the same to the large resin log, even though it is too big for Fred to move. Meanwhile, my silver dollars cower underneath the corner "root" decoration.

I'm beginning to think that I probably need to get the SDs out of that tank.



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1. yes, it is wise getting the sd out of its territory.
2. honest, our Oscar has never failed to surprise us, right :kiss:
3. part and parcel of growing up oscars :woohoo:

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