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Hi all!! I have 2 adult(about a year old) Oscars in a 150 tank. They have been together since birth I'm assuming, we bought them together and have always gotten along so well. They are obviously male and female as we've recently found out. About a month ago the female laid eggs on a log we have in the tank for our catfish, they obviously didn't make it(and we don't mind, I'm not looking to breed my fish). I put a flat rock in the tank hoping to make it more comfortable for her to lay eggs. This past week they started their weird little breeding behaviors, and for the first time they started the lip locking which I've never seen them do before. After she laid her eggs on the rock, she has been very hostile to the male, she won't even let him on that side of the tank. I decided to take out the eggs because I don't want them to hatch anyway and hoping to calm her down. It's been 3 days since I took the eggs out and she still doesn't act the same toward the male. I know it's still soon but will her behavor ever go back to how it was prior to the egg laying? I talked to my local pet store and they said to leave the rock out so I plan on doing that. I just want her to like him again and not have my tank be so hostile. Most of the time she won't even let him near her! I am just wondering if this is normal breeding behavior or has something permanently happened and this is how they'll be from now on?
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Rocksor replied the topic: breeding behavior?

You cannot force a fish to like another fish. Rejection can happen.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: breeding behavior?

You may have 2 females. The one you think is male.. ever see his "gear" down to fertilize eggs?


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spoliziani replied the topic: breeding behavior?

Yes, after she laid the eggs, he swims over them very slowly and we saw both of their parts. They eggs also turned a tan color, which I read means they were fertilized. I thought the two females could have been a possibility at first until I witnessed that
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Suprd71 replied the topic: breeding behavior?

Ok then, its really out of your control. They will do what they do. Hopefully they will go back to being compatible, as an Oscar pair is very cool, and kinda rare. Good luck!


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spoliziani replied the topic: breeding behavior?

Thanks! I'm really hoping they can go back to being friendly again. I guess all I can do is give it some time.
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DRACO replied the topic: breeding behavior?

sometime ago, i have a pair who had spawned several times in 75 gal...
then all of a sudden, they decided to fight until the muscle on the gill plate
of the female was detached.. i had to separate them to avoid further injury..
later on, i put them together again and they became partner again...
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breddrin replied the topic: Re:breeding behavior?

I had a pair that used to lay ever month but ever so once in a while the female would get really aggressive and damage the male but after a few days they get back to normal

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