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Hi, I have two albino tiger Oscars that are about a year and a half old. I bought them together and they are inseparable. Over the time I've had them they have laid eggs 3 times and have been unsuccessful. (Not complaining.) I looked up what causes them to lay eggs so often and how to prevent it because they get very aggressive towards my JD and me before the eggs are laid, and then extremely aggressive when guarding the eggs. So I lowered the temp from 80 degrees Fahrenheit to about 76. And that's all I found about how to prevent or slow down this egg-laying cycle.
They are now getting very aggressive again and the larger one that's been laying the eggs(I believe) every time keeps hovering over the rock she laid eggs on the last three times. I can tell that by morning there will be 100+ eggs on the rock and they will be aggressive and violent for the next several days until they or the Jack Dempsey eventually eat the eggs.
So does anybody have any tips about preventing this from happening so often? I thought about removing the stones but that will just leave no place to lay the eggs when it happens. I've been letting nature take its course but I'm not sure if something I'm doing is causing the egg laying to happen so often.
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So you have lower the temperature But it hasn't already made much difference? My suspicions are that they will probably play ends whenever the temperature is, I don't think you will stop that happening unless you turn it down ridiculously low . I've got to be honest with you, I think this is something you'll just have to live with. It's not surprising they get a rare surviving happens, this is nature, they will obviously want to protect their eggs .

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Both Oscars have laid eggs? If so, and obviously 2 females, no big deal as the eggs will never be fertilized. They may even be eating their own eggs. If you have an m/f pair, and you do get a hatch, then all hell will certainly break out concerning the JD. Also, 100ish eggs is a tiny amount. Here is the last batch from my female.


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as the above said that's not much you can do about them laying eggs however removing the eggs yourself rather than waiting for them to be eaten might limit the time the oscars are in defensive mode

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Suprd71 wrote: Both Oscars have laid eggs? If so, and obviously 2 females, no big deal as the eggs will never be fertilized. They may even be eating their own eggs. If you have an m/f pair, and you do get a hatch, then all hell will certainly break out concerning the JD. Also, 100ish eggs is a tiny amount. Here is the last batch from my female.

That's around twice the amount mine lays but it's always overnight so they may be half eaten by then. As far as I know only the larger one has laid eggs. The other one guards them more agressively than the one laying them though.
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Woke up to this. The one in the pic is not the one that laid them as far as I know it's just fanning them.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Egg-laying

The fish fan the eggs to oxygenate them. Male and female will both do this. See the tan color of my Oscar's eggs? They have been fertilized by the male. White is not. You may have 2 females, or possibly a sterile male? Eggs generally take 3 days to hatch, so lets wait and see what happens.


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Suprd71 wrote: The fish fan the eggs to oxygenate them. Male and female will both do this. See the tan color of my Oscar's eggs? They have been fertilized by the male. White is not. You may have 2 females, or possibly a sterile male? Eggs generally take 3 days to hatch, so lets wait and see what happens.

Is it possible for white colored eggs to hatch?
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SlippinCichlid replied the topic: Re:Egg-laying

My Jack Dempsey finished the eggs off this morning and I cleaned the tank out. They've already calmed down 100%
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