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post #11 of 32 Old 03-31-2010, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
ohh okay i see what you mean well i will keep you updated and i will go on craigs list to fine at least a 100 gallon

also do oscars prefer to be loners like bettas??

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post #12 of 32 Old 04-01-2010, 06:14 AM
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Depends on the oscar. Some play well with others, some don't. Males and females will form pairs together that are (usually) pretty friendly toward one another, but if/when they decide to breed they can make life very stressful (or short) for other fish in the tank.

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Depends on the oscar. Some play well with others, some don't. Males and females will form pairs together that are (usually) pretty friendly toward one another, but if/when they decide to breed they can make life very stressful (or short) for other fish in the tank.
okay adding on to the males and females how do i tell between male and female??????? also what bad will happen if they breed? how do i breed (not saying i will any time soon) until i get all the info and back-round about the Oscar fish!

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i havent been able to find a way to sex them with out venting them....not something i will do to my fish as i do not plan on breeding......so i too am interested in the answer to that question....

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The short answer is: well, you don't. You buy a bunch and see if they pair off, then sell the rest. I would recommend at least a six foot tank for a pair of adults. If you ask me, breeding is really not something you want happening unless you really, really want to breed them. Spawning oscars leads to a whole mess of issues apart from the typical difficulties of caring for the fish. Because of these issues, I don't think I'd ever put more than one oscar in my cichlid community for fear of them pairing off and killing my other fish in the process.

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Question im not really understanding sorry

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The short answer is: well, you don't. You buy a bunch and see if they pair off, then sell the rest. I would recommend at least a six foot tank for a pair of adults. If you ask me, breeding is really not something you want happening unless you really, really want to breed them. Spawning oscars leads to a whole mess of issues apart from the typical difficulties of caring for the fish. Because of these issues, I don't think I'd ever put more than one oscar in my cichlid community for fear of them pairing off and killing my other fish in the process.
so one you do not recommend breeding???.. and i dont want to put any fish in with my oscar now...also what is the bad parts of breeding oscar anyway?

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i havent been able to find a way to sex them with out venting them....not something i will do to my fish as i do not plan on breeding......so i too am interested in the answer to that question....
what do YOU mean by venting????

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post #18 of 32 Old 04-02-2010, 06:49 PM
well as a betta keeper I assume you understand the difficulties of betta breeding. It is like that except the adults will need a 100+ gal tank you will need many, many, many 55gal and 75 gals to divide up the young oscars for grow out. I personally would never ever keep a oscar in anything less than a 55gal if they are older than 7 days. Spawns are large and these young fish eat a lot and water changes must be done very frequently.

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post #19 of 32 Old 04-03-2010, 06:13 AM
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All of that plus, even if you have some way of getting rid of very young fry and thus circumventing those problems, basically an oscar pair will become extremely aggressive when guarding their eggs and fry. Fish that previously got along with the other fish in your tank will very quickly become ruthless and merciless guardians of their offspring. Basically, you can't expect to have any other fish survive in the tank (unless it is very, very large) if you've got a breeding pair of oscars in there. Not to mention that sometimes the mating ritual itself can be very tough on the oscars themselves.

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post #20 of 32 Old 04-11-2010, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
ohh okay thanks i was just wondering not gonna breed the oscars gonna breed guppies... but how long does it take for the female guppies to give birth??

like weeks months days yah know

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