ADDING A NEW OSCAR

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Hello i have two tiger oscars i bought them together at the pet store they lived in the same tank together for almost a half a year until one morning i came down stairs and found them locking lips and attacking each other i instantly separated them. they have been in their own tanks for about 3 months now but i really dont have the room for two tanks. so today i added them back into a tank together i took the smallest out of his tank for the night rearranged it and added them both this morning....at first they seemed fine flocked straight to eachother and kept swimming with eachother and about an hour later i see the female is chasing the male hes starting to hide from her. is this asserting her dominance since she is the biggest of the two? when should i intervene and when should i pull her out if needed

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Welcome to our forum.

How old and how big are the Oscars? Also, how big is your aquarium? You'll be needing 100 gallons at least for two adult Oscars. If indeed they are a male and female then you really don't want them to start breeding because then he would have the added difficulty of what to do with any offspring that may survive.

Ready boils down to how much room you have.

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they are about a year old they are in a 75 gallon right now but they are only about 6" long they will be moved to a 100 gallon soon...right now they are still having little spats and my male has kind of surrendered to her turning the light off helped a little
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and if they do infact breed i have another tank waiting ready for anything i want to add to it lol and also have a lps that would gladly sell them to good homes for me
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Suprd71 replied the topic: ADDING A NEW OSCAR

Hi and welcome. Need to ask.. what evidence do you have that they are male and female? Beyond that, at a year or so old, they are not quite of breeding age yet. I must also add that at their claimed age, 6ins is only about half as big as they should be. In a 75g tank, space is limited, water quality will deteriorate rapidly. How often do you do water changes? How much volume per change? Is filtration adequate? Stress from cramped quarters, iffy water quality(also stress related) can lead to aggression.Its very possible the fish may not be compatible in any size tank. To give best odds, if you want to keep both fish long term, seek a tank of 6ft in length and at least 125 gallons. Better still is a standard 180g, measuring 72x24x24


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If you have got a 100 gallon tank then you just about okay. However, if they are only one year old that is going to be a little while longer before they are ready to breed. Oscars will fight for dominance, especially if the tank is not that big. I know that you referred to them as he and she, however, it's probably impossible to tell which is male and which is female. It could well be the fact that you have two males or two females, you just have to wait and see what happens.

The other thing to bear in mind is in the wild fish breed at certain times of the year. They breed depending on water conditions. So let's say that your temperature is a constant 28° all year round and it never really fluctuates then the Oscars may possibly not be triggered into spawning. People who breed fish artificially emulate the conditions that fish need for breeding. So don't be surprised if nothing ever happens.

I know that breeding Oscars may sound exciting and I appreciate you say you have somewhere to offload any offspring. What you got to remember is that Oscars could possibly lay several hundred eggs which can then result in several hundred babies. I very much doubt a fish store is going to take several hundred Oscars from you. Normally, they would order in a small batch from one of their regular outlets. I know it's romantic to think that you could set up some kind of business supplying baby Oscars to the local shops but in reality I think it would take a lot of work and effort that may not result in a profit.

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