Oscar Fish Advice Forum: Oscar personality change ??

Oscars, Tropical fish with personality. Had them years ago, they were pretty cool
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The oscar is a common choice for people looking for a large predatory fish. It is a member of the cichlid family known for their big personalities and aggressive nature. Many people enjoy watching their oscar make a meal of the poor feeder fish that swim too close. It's hard to resist the big eyes of a baby oscar begging you to take him home, but they make a poor beginner fish for several reasons. First of all, they require a larger aquarium than most are willing to start with. oscars can grow to be up to eighteen inches in length, and they have a large body mass. The minimum would be a 55 gallon for a single adult oscar, but even that is pushing it. You would have to be meticulous in doing large weekly water changes and have no other fish in the aquarium. Because of it's size and messiness, the oscar really should be kept in 75 gallon tanks or higher.
Oscars, Tropical fish with personality. Had them years ago, they were pretty cool
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MattsOscars wrote: My fish aren't my only pets, as I'm sure is the case with other members. Personally, I've got a cat and two children, the cat is probably the most civilized

I like O's because they do have that personality. I like seeing them excited at the glass begging for food when I walk by. I like the slower more reserved bigger fish than the spastic darting all over the place littler ones.

As for picking something I can't "hold" I'll have to get some video of me petting and hand feeding the fishes. They're more interactive than some might think Oscar fish can be fun, friendly pets. They have unique personalities and offer aquarium hobbyists another interesting fish to enjoy.
Photo provided by FlickrOscars are more of a slow graceful fish that gets huge with tons of personality. they interact with people , especially the owner (or feeder ).
Photo provided by FlickrSo do you think oscars generally have more personality than other fish? Or do you think any big cichlid is going to be like that?
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If you like fish with a great personality, it’s time to add some Oscars to your tank, but remember to provide them with a very large tank to make them feel at ease.Red Oscar Fish: Most people choose Oscars over any other fish because they do possess a personality. I know that's hard to believe but it really is true. Oscars seem to be able to portray what mood they are in. At feeding time they are excitable and swim around the tank like it's the last meal they are ever going to get. On the other hand, they can often sulk like little children if something has happened which they don't like, such as a water change, or rearranging the aquarium.The Oscar fish is also known as the Red, Albino and Tiger Oscar. Originating in the waters of the Amazon, the Oscar fish is another extremely popular fish. Their popularity stems from their personality, which has been compared to that of a puppy. Many keepers experience begging around meal times or the seemingly playful greetings they receive from their fish when they get home.Red Oscar Fish: Most people choose Oscars over any other fish because they do possess a personality. I know that's hard to believe but it really is true. Oscars seem to be able to portray what mood they are in. At feeding time they are excitable and swim around the tank like it's the last meal they are ever going to get. On the other hand, they can often sulk like little children if something has happened which they don't like, such as a water change, or rearranging the aquarium.The wonderful thing about Oscars is their personality. They're almost like people. I call my Tiger Oscar Dexter. It's probably best to learn the personality of a fish and then name it. But be careful, if you name a fish Killer or some other violent name it will grow into it.As far as tank mates go, choose something as large as the Oscar itself. Despite their reputation Oscars will not be able to cope with large territorial Cichlasoma. South American cichlids like the larger Geophagines are milder in temperament and can be kept successfully with a single Oscar. If you intend to keep a pair, they will need a tank to themselves; if they decide to breed then all tank mates will be seen as a threat. I have seen a number of recommendations that armored catfish can be kept with a pair of Oscars, "to clean up the tank floor". While this is undoubtedly true, I can't personally recommend it. Cichlids have very poor night vision and will be unable to defend their eggs and fry against the nocturnal predations of a catfish, unless of course a light is left on. Proper aquarium maintenance is, in my opinion, a far better way to keep the aquarium clean.