Tiger Oscar - Albino Oscar - Catfish

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Stanley replied the topic: Tiger Oscar - Lutino Oscar - Cuckoo Catfish

Sorry for the poor quality photos. They dont stop moving and I had to use iphone!
Any floaties are because they had just been fed pellets/bubbles. Water is clear.

Tiger Oscar - Groot
Lutino Oscar - Drax
Cuckoo Catfish - Rocket

Rocks etc are just while they are babies. Decor will be changed when tank is upgraded.
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Cute oscars! It's hard to believe that mine was actually smaller than that about 18 months ago. There's a video I shot of him a few days ago at the end of this post. He's in a 75 US gallon tank but staying in one corner being aggressive.

I remember your being from the UK and having a 4x2x2 tank, and looking to upgrade to a 6x2x2. I can't remember how long you've been fish keeping though.

There are must have items needed for successful fishkeeping. They include:

1) a good water conditioner to remove chlorine and/or chloramines. Most here will recommend PRIME by seachem. There is also a powdered version that will spread your dollar further called SAFE.

2) an API Master Test Kit (liquid test kit, freshwater version) for measuring pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. Don't bother with test strips.

3) python water changer - for quickly and easily performing the large water changes required when keeping oscars. Check out the video below to see how it works.



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Thanks for the info. Ive been keeping tropical fish constantly for about 8 years.

Im currently using Prime and only ever use Seachem products. Although, some arent available in the UK (e.g Stress guard). Havent heard of Safe though - so will read up later.

Ive got the API kit and use it regularly. At the moment im doing water changes via a syphon/bucket. I know about the python and have been meaning to buy one but i only remember when im carrying buckets back and forth. Although, abit of exercise can only help me aswell. :)


Lovely, strong colour on your Oscar. When did his/her colours come out in full? (year or two?)

Also, ive read about 'sexing' Oscars but do you have any other tips? I hope i havent got 2 males. They get on great for NOW - wont leave each others side, even sleep together in cave!
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Lammergeier replied the topic: Tiger Oscar - Albino Oscar - Catfish

Seachem Safe is just a more powdered, concentrated form of Prime that's all. It's more economical if (like me) you've overloaded your house with fish tanks.

Oscars are impossible to accurately sex unless you vent them, but that causes a lot of unnecessary stress to the fish and you wouldn't be able to tell at all at this size (and can't really tell anyway unless you know exactly what to look for). They're a monomorphic species (males and females look the same).

The only thing I've heard, and it isn't 100% by any means, is that as they grow females do tend to be stockier, with smaller finnage, and males tend to have longer fins. It's not a golden rule at all though.

If they get along now then, great! A larger tank will only increase the likelihood that they'll continue to do so. If they still get along once they've put on a few inches then chances are you'll either have 2 females, or a m/f pair. I've never heard of anyone successfully keeping 2 males together long term in anything less than the largest tanks, but as always there are probably exceptions.
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UNC-CH replied the topic: Tiger Oscar - Albino Oscar - Catfish

I usually try to convince people new to fish keeping to get a python, because I believe most people avoid performing large water changes because of the work involved. But If you're used to doing them without one, you're right ... it is good exercise. I have a python but I only use it to syphon/gravel vac my tank. I buffer my water down to a lower pH, so it has to sit for awhile. I use a pond pump to pump it out of a 40 gallon bin and into my tank.

It's hard to say when my oscar started showing brighter colors ... a few months maybe? Regarding his color, the one thing I can say for sure is that adding the supplement 'boyd's vitachem' made his color brighter. I was just looking back through pictures and, aside from the supplement, the change was pretty gradual. Here are the first two pictures I have of him and another from about a month or so later. He always had some color.





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Haha, what a difference in size!

The Vitachem 16oz is £31 delivered from UK suppliers. What price do you pay? How long would that last??

I was going to purchase Seachem garlic guard as i thought 'Boyds vitachem' was marine. Just realised its both.
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Lammergeier replied the topic: Tiger Oscar - Albino Oscar - Catfish

The marine version of Boyd's is fine for cichlids as well for what it's worth. Not much difference between the two, really.
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Lammergeier wrote: The marine version of Boyd's is fine for cichlids as well for what it's worth. Not much difference between the two, really.


Thanks. Good to know.

Although, its the same price and im not sure how long it will last. Anything similar which is more economical?
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Lammergeier replied the topic: Tiger Oscar - Albino Oscar - Catfish

Seachem Nourish is a bit cheaper apparently. Similar stuff.

A 16oz bottle will go a long way though. 3 4oz bottles of vitachem lasted me a good few months and I was dividing it between... 7 big cichlids and 9 silver dollars at the time by putting it on their food 2 - 3 times per week.

You just add a few drops to food and marinade it for at least a few hours (or overnight). Freeze dried krill works really well, but I marinade everything in it sometimes. Pellets, peas, prawn, krill, so on. Krill works best though.

Edit: I should also mention that in my experience this stuff's a great way to get cichlids to try different food. They associate the garlic smell/taste with food after a bit, so soaking new food in vitachem's a great way to get them to try things they otherwise might reject. It's worked a treat helping my newest fish onto pellets, for example.
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