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rocksout4cheese 11-14-2007 02:28 PM

scaredy fish...
just got a new young tiger oscar today, let him loose in his big tank a little bit ago... dropped in some freeze dried blood worms, had the lights off and he was in a paper bag during the ride home from the pet store... but he's been hiding behind a big leaf of one of my fake plants in there for a while now! he might move out a little bit but he keeps going back to hiding. is there anything i can do for him? i'm worried he's stressed out or something :shock:

willow 11-14-2007 02:42 PM

have you got any other fish in there ?

rocksout4cheese 11-14-2007 02:50 PM

no i removed my pictus cat before i went to pick up my oscar... he's moving about a little now but still staying in the same area. maybe i'm just being dramatic lol i'm not used to having cichlids so i'm sure their behavior is much different! mostly all the fish i've ever had have been extremely extroverted and hyperactive :lol:

fish_4_all 11-14-2007 03:00 PM

Did he have tank mates in the LFS? If he did he might be looking for them as he might not have been at the top of their pecking order. As long as it doesn't show any signs of stress, rapid breathing, spots on the skin, fin rot or other malodies and he eats then I think he will be fine once he gets acclimated and realizes he is king of the tank.

willow 11-14-2007 03:12 PM

would dither fish help in a situation like this ?

Lupin 11-14-2007 04:30 PM


Originally Posted by willow
would dither fish help in a situation like this ?

No. The dither fish will eventually disappear as the oscar matures. Best to leave the lights off for a few hours until he will settle.

rocksout4cheese 11-14-2007 04:31 PM

ok thanks guys :D he seems to be doing much better now and has eaten and everything. he's just a little guy, but was the biggest one in the tank of young oscars. i'm sure by tonight he'll have settled in and won't be so shy

willow 11-14-2007 04:35 PM

glad he's getting on. :)

beetlebz 11-16-2007 07:22 PM

I have NO idea how they compare to severums, if they compare at all behaviorally.. BUT...

I have 3 male green severums that are getting along in size now. but still, when they were new.. and again when I moved them into their 110 gallon tank they were SOO skittish. If i were to even enter on the other side of the room they would dart into hiding or behind some plants until either I left, or turned the lights out and went to bed. After a week or two they started getting more nervy, and now (months later) they dance all around infront of the tank when Im near, and even swim upto and along my hands when im vaccuming the gravel!

like F4A said, i wouldnt worry much at all unless he is showing some nasty signs of stress.

Gump 11-16-2007 10:33 PM

Oscars are known for sulking when being moved so its they usually look depressed up to a week after being moved. I wouldn't worry at all if a small fish in a big tank is scared to go exploring so quickly.

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