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Oscar Fish, also called Oscars, about 12" long.
Hello there,
You have a wonderful site, and we have enjoyed it alot. We have found alot of answers we were looking for. Here's a picture of our baby. He/she is 3 years old and we have it ringing a bell for it's food. We can hand feed it too. It's about 12 inches long.
Thank-you for your time.
Kevin and Deanna O.
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Reply. Hello Kevin and Deanna. Thank you for sharing the beautiful picture of your Baby! You say he/she rings a bell for food. Now that will create some questions.

We're glad you enjoy and have been able to find answers to your questions on it.


Customer Comments

To answer your question on our oscar ringing a bell for food: We put a cat ball with a bell in the tank ,we started putting it in when we wanted to feed it and now we leave it in all the time the oscar hits it the waits at the lid opening for a feeding.
It does this about three times a day. Sometimes at night we can hear it hitting the lid. Most of the time it only takes it food from hand or it just falls to the bottom. I guess it's not too often people play with pet fish, but we have alot of fun with it.
Kevin and Deanna O.
Reply. Hello again. Thank you for your reply. I think our readers will enjoy your unique comments. Some may want to know where they can get a cat ball with a bell for their Oscar. Thanks again.

Customer Comments

HI again, i emailed you a few months ago about my tiger oscar Jeffrey. It turns out my pacu is more like a piranha. He has killed several of my fish and i removed the rest. He and Jeffrey are the the only ones left.
Luckily, they don't hurt each other. Last time I told you Jeffrey was 5 in. long, he is now 9 inches and is very friendly. He jumps out of the water to get food. The pacu, who I named Lionel, is now 10 in. long. Every couple of weeks I give them feeder goldfish. They love it.
Amazingly, they are still in the 55 gallon aquarium. They are very happy and very healthy. Feel free to post my mesaages. Can u email me back to tell me what page it is on?
Reply. Hello again and thank you for your email. As stated elsewhere we recommend at least a 75-gallon aquarium for a 9" long Oscar, and a 10" long Pacu needs an additional 75-gallons.

So these two fish need an aquarium with about 150-gallons of water, and your 55-gallon aquarium is about one-third the size that these two fish need.

Your Pacu may be acting like a Piranha because your aquarium is too small.

Pacus naturally live in a school with several Pacus, and they seem to be less aggressive, when they live in a group with several Pacus. Of course several Pacus require a huge aquarium.

Feeding live fish to your Oscar and Pacu is somewhat risky. You can reduce this risk by feeding pellet food to your fish. Pellet food for pet fish is available in most stores that sell pet fish.

Thanks again for email, and good luck with your fish and aquarium.


Customer Comments

my 4 inch oscar (fang) ate a ghost shrmp but also picked up a piece of gravel and i think he swallowed it will he be ok? :(
Reply. Hello Kyle. We know that many Oscars swallow bits of gravel and even rocks. I think they do it by accident, and it does not seem to harm them. We hope your Oscar is doing well.

Customer Comments

i emailed you the other day about my oscar fang he is doing alot better since he ate that piece of gravel and now has a friend in his tank.
P.S. thanks for the info and good luck with the site Kyle
Reply. Hello again Kyle. Thank you for your reply. I'm glad to know eating the piece of gravel has not permanently damaged your Oscar. Thank you for your complimentary comment about 

Customer Comments

Your comments sections seem like almost an open forum, so it would be nice if you could leave a comment from the site, but I understand why you might want to screen what gets posted on your website so this works.
I was reading your discussion with various customers about oscars and found quite a bit of it to be valuable information. My boyfriend and I have had our two oscars for about two years now and they went from being about 1" and living in a 30-gallon tank to their current size of about 12" each. I was reading the site because I recently realized that without my noticing it they quickly outgrew their 55 gallon aquarium and it was time to replace it. They are getting a brand new 150-gallon aquarium for Christmas because I was fortunate enough to find one for about $400 (I work at a pet store.)
I do however have a couple of differences of opinion with some of the statements on your site. You say that oscars should be housed either singly or in groups of six or more. I think that although this may be the case in your personal experience, it isn't fair to say that that's the only way that oscars can ever be housed. The two oscars I have now, an "albino" tiger and a red oscar, were not my original pair. I have always had the red, but my previous "albino" tiger died during a poweroutage about 10 months ago. I replaced him with another similar oscar who was incidentally much larger, about 10" at the time when the first had been about 7.5" and the red instantly paired up to the new oscar and never fought just like the original pair. I guess what I'm saying is that although having either 1 oscar or 6 or more has always worked for you, it would be more fair to have some sort of disclaimer saying that "although this is the best scenario in my experience, others have been successful with different combinations of oscars." I just noticed a few customers complaining and I thought that perhaps the disclaimer would eliminate the complaints for you. (Feel free to edit any of this so it is appropriate for the site if you'd like to post it.)
I've also read one or two things, not just on your site, that oscars usually do best in an oscar-only tank. We have always kept ours with various types of catfish, currently a large albino channel cat and an african featherfin, as well as a mysterious crayfish that somehow escaped eating and grew to 6".
Why do you recommend not feeding live? I feed this as my oscar's primary diet. I always figured that in the wild, oscars preyed upon smaller fish. Feeding live seems to make them happy, and they have grown from 1"  to over 12" in 2 years with amazing color and friendly personalities. Is it just a personal preference? I do supplement pellets and some frozen for nutritional value, and even if this is a preferred main diet, I see no reason to never feed live foods.
Lauren R.
Reply. Hello Lauren and thank you for your email that is full of constructive criticism of our comments.

You were wise to realize your Oscars have outgrown their 55-gallon aquarium. They will also outgrow the 150-gallon aquarium.

Most people report to us that their Oscars fight when kept in small groups. If they don't fight immediately, they eventually fight, unless they are a pair, and even pairs unexpectedly begin to fish.

As you point out this may not always happen, but it often does happen, and we pass this information along for what it may be worth.

As you mention many people enjoy keeping other fish and inhabitants, such as a crayfish, with Oscars. Plecostomus catfish are also popular tank mates for Oscars.

Click here for more about good tank mates for Oscars.

About feeding Oscars. Scientists know that in their natural habitats Oscars eat small fish, crayfish, worms and insects. This diet, which is similar to the one you feed your Oscars, might be ideal for Oscars living in aquariums.

But many aquarists have reported problems to us, that they believe started when their Oscars eat some "sick" feeder fish, such as feeder goldfish.

Experts in fish nutrition have also told us that pellet food is more nutritious for Oscars. Top grades of pellet food usually contain a note on the package saying the pellets are free from pathogens that might be harmful to fish.

Thanks again for your email and your interesting comments about your Oscars.

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