Oscar behavior question???

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Hi there! I have got a question about my Oscar, Snow. She is about 6 years old, albino, and about 13 inches long. We got her from a friend of a friend, about 2 months ago. She came in a way too small tank, about 30 gallons with a 14 inch, 8 year old plecto. We were going to move her to our 60 gallon tank last week but she started acting strange.
I know now after browsing your awesome site, btw, she needs to be moved ASAP. I informed husband he needs a water test kit.
Her behavior is aggressive. Up to this point, she's been relaxed. She'd normally rub up on the plecto, Mofo, now she nips him. And I know now Oscars now the inside of their enviroment around, she had always done this. But now it's like she's burrowing and moving the gravel to the sides of the tank. And not eating, and if you simply walk by the tank, she rams the side. I don't want her to hurt herself. And she splashes and if you stop to look in, she swims back and forth and splashes and acts like she wants to bite you. I used to put my fingers up to the tank and she's follow them, now she rams.
It's going to be a huge production moving all these fish around, we have others in the bigger tank, but I don't want nothing to happen to her. So... Advice? Thanks in advance!
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re: Oscar behavior question???

She's establishing her territory again since everything outside the tank looks different. This could last up to a few weeks until she calms down. Also, oscars can go without food for 1 -2 weeks so be sure to lean out the uneaten food.

Make sure the ammonia is 0, nitrite 0, and nitrates are below 20ppm.
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jacki.r3 replied the topic: Re: Oscar behavior question???

I rehomed an Oscar about 2 weeks ago. At first she was a bit submissive. I saw her today and she is running that tank. She's got 2 JD for mates and she's after them. I know who's dominate now. I don't need to worry about her any more. It was good to see her.
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Alexsmummie wrote: Hi there! I have got a question about my Oscar, Snow. She is about 6 years old, albino, and about 13 inches long. We got her from a friend of a friend, about 2 months ago. She came in a way too small tank, about 30 gallons with a 14 inch, 8 year old plecto. We were going to move her to our 60 gallon tank last week but she started acting strange.
I know now after browsing your awesome site, btw, she needs to be moved ASAP. I informed husband he needs a water test kit.
Her behavior is aggressive. Up to this point, she's been relaxed. She'd normally rub up on the plecto, Mofo, now she nips him. And I know now Oscars now the inside of their enviroment around, she had always done this. But now it's like she's burrowing and moving the gravel to the sides of the tank. And not eating, and if you simply walk by the tank, she rams the side. I don't want her to hurt herself. And she splashes and if you stop to look in, she swims back and forth and splashes and acts like she wants to bite you. I used to put my fingers up to the tank and she's follow them, now she rams.
It's going to be a huge production moving all these fish around, we have others in the bigger tank, but I don't want nothing to happen to her. So... Advice? Thanks in advance!



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1. no worry, snow is very normal, acting out who's boss!
2. just make sure that the water parameter is checked and monitored daily.
3. she shall do fine in no time.
4. bossing around in the bigger tank.

"somewhere in time ... gone with the wind"
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Thanks, everyone! She's calmed down a bit. Still not eating, just staying on one side of the tank. I'll keep everyone posted! Once I get the virus off my main computer, I'll put up a picture.
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