February 14, 2002
Astronotus ocellatus

If you don't know what Astronotus ocellatus is, I'll give you a hint. It's a fish. Give up yet? It's an Oscar.

I bought my first oscar yesterday, a tiger oscar to be exact. Right now its 1 inch long or so. It's not happy. I think I'm the only person in the whole universe that can pick a shy fish.. It likes to hide behind the plants that I got for the tank.

My grandfather, Pop Pop Joe used to have an oscar. I think it was a tiger oscar too. I remember him feeding goldfish to it. He had this 10 or 20 gallon tank in the basement FULL of feeder goldfish. Now to a young person ( I really dont remember my age when this happened) thats ALOT of fish! The oscar seeemed huge too! I'm sure it was only 8 or 9 inches long though. It just seemed big!!

My tank has cycled, the pH is at 7.6, but it's not happy. I have no luck.

My new goal is to keep it alive....thank god for reciepts and a 10 day return policy.

Posted by Ellen at February 14, 2002 07:03 PM

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In my search for some information about Oscar's, i saw your message.

Your Oscar is probably a few inches bigger since february !!
The reason I wanted to post a comment is because you wrote your Oscar wasn't happy. The reason why he/she isn't happy i think is because they don't like being allone. They live with a lot of their own kind in nature and are very social fish.
I dont think he will stil be shy ?!

Posted by: Floor on November 20, 2002 11:47 AM
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