July 31, 2002
Oscar Tricks

Ok... my killer Oscar (wanna-be man-eating Amazonian fish, that I can't spell right now fish) is getting big. Too Big. For itself. Its tank. My living room.

I can't flush it, it will clog the toilet. I can't feed it to the cats, they don't eat pure evil on a regular basis and may get some nasty gastric upset. Which in turn will cause my carpet to have more shades of browns, yellows and oranges decorating it in spots I don't want to see them.

It's becoming tank destructive. It is picking the leaves off its Amazon plastic sword plant. The big leaves.

It's ALWAYS hungry. I should feed it a tin can and see what it can do to it. I feed it. I feed it chicklet flakes. *Ok...cichlid flakes..but I like to call them chicklets*

I have decided that this nasty ass of a fish is going to learn a trick when it gets it's food. Mainly because I am tired of it jumping out at me when I feed it. This fish is so smart, that on my days off when Scott is not home, he will tap the top of the tank lid. *thump-thump-thump* ~ Feeeeed meeeeee....you want to feeeeed meeeeee..~ "Uh...no I don't". ~ Yes you dooooo....~. "No really, I don't". Then it gets mad.

I have this feeding ritual with this fish. I tap one side of the tank. It comes over to that side. I quickly open the lip as little as possible and toss the food in! It races over and realizes I did not feed it the entire jar of food and gets even angrier. It does this by circling the water like a shark.

It has now realized my game and wants no part of it. It has caught on. This I don't like. I'm running out of feeding ideas.

The damn fish goes to the area I tap, but when I open the lid-even slightly. It races over and jumps out of the water at me. It has caught on. It could be the other side of the damn tank and it STILL makes it over in time to scare me.

I think it likes it. It thinks it is a cool fish.

It also changes color with the person who stands in front of it. It goes all pale for Scott, where as if I am in front of it, it goes all green and orange.

I have to clean its tank this week. I am NOT looking forward to this insane ritual of STICKING my hand in the tank again. This pisses the fish off even worse. I tell Scott it LIKES a dirty tank. Scott does not believe me. Nor does he believe me that the fish wants to die slowly by letting the water evaporate out and eventually drowning it in air.

I am stuck with this damn fish. Thank god this fish is getting a bigger tank when I get a house. I will have more room to tap and more time to escape the feeding frenzy of the Oscar.

Posted by Ellen at July 31, 2002 07:16 PM

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When we got this fishy little bucket of evil, it hid all the time and we were worried it would die. So Ellen went and got it a buddy oscar, a really sweet red one that would follow you around and stuff. This dark little Darth Vader clone went and killed our red one, which we quite liked! We still feel bad about it! Scaley muderous bas...


Shhhh... it's looking at me... do you think it can read? Nah. No way. I have to be careful too because the little Sweeney Todd wannabe just needs to splash some water behind the tank and it'll take out my comput@#%$


Posted by: scott on July 31, 2002 07:41 PM

Oh come on you guys! Can't you donate it to the National Aquarium or something. Surely there are shelters for homeless fish. E. can't you sneak it back to Pets Mart and stick it in one of the empty tanks while no one is watching. LOL

Posted by: Pat on July 31, 2002 10:55 PM


Next time I have a zebra finch population explosion I'll send them to your oscar!


Posted by: maru on August 1, 2002 07:48 AM

Maru, shame on you! Bad girl, Bad girl. Poor little Finch. I am just afraid one of the cats might get to close.

Posted by: Pat on August 1, 2002 10:43 AM

my fish is not like a normal oscar it does weird tricks like it fraks out and does backflips over and over agian.and i feed it cubes and i put it in my hand and it jumps right at it.

but i think there awsome fish and he likes my knife fish and my sucker fish ok thats not what its really call but i call it that because it sucks on the glass all day.

Posted by: nate on March 6, 2003 08:34 PM

i bought two oscars from wall mart and they both died so i went to my local petco and bought one to see how it would do and its still alive and it also rolls over for food

Posted by: david on January 17, 2004 11:35 AM

I bought my fish in a half hearted mood now the BIG bloody thing has taken over my life and tank im always out sorting different things to put in my tank too occupy it and keep it away from the other fish in there it jumpes out of the water as soon as i open the lid and banges the lid when i havent fed it on time i am now thinking on what i can make it do before i feed it cuz there clever little bas***ds always got one up on me? I have got it in with African cichlids (frontosa) and they get on fine most of the time except feeding...

Posted by: wesley on February 18, 2004 04:39 PM

how do you get your oscar to roll over?

Posted by: william on May 8, 2004 11:12 AM

we have a very large oscar also..shes quite docile though..we feed her just about everything,raw....little bits of hamburger or ground steak pieces...fish balls and flakes....cripes she eats better than we do...lol...we introduced her to 3 more small baby oscars and she loves them....i find the babies are very aggressive at feeding time...they fly right out of water if you hold the food just right.....we just love watching them all....we've got a 75gallon right now but i can see were going to have invest in something a little bigger...babies are growing amazingly fast..SWIM ON FISH FANS....

Posted by: jennifer on May 16, 2004 03:25 PM

how do u get it 2 do flips!!!!!!

Posted by: wanna halk a loogi on August 27, 2004 08:23 PM

I just got 3 zebra oscars and if I hold their food just above the water they will jump out and grab it right out of my hand. I have had them for just over 3 weeks and can tell that they are getting bigger. Heh... they eat all the time. Gonna eat me out of house and home.

Posted by: Adrian on February 28, 2005 04:00 PM

I have been wondering if feeding them feeder fish is such good idea, or just sticking with their fish food? what kinds of foods that are around the house do they eat?

Posted by: keri on April 11, 2005 01:38 AM

I currently have three Oscars King, the leader is a 8inch tiger, steve McQueen is a 5 inch red, and Prince Zipper is a baby 3 inch Tiger. I have found that feeder fish are great, but not in excess. I give them feeders once a week as a treat. It keeps their skills honed and they really seem to enjoy this treat. I also have a monster in my tank, I mean a sailfin catfish who is now the sixe of a footlong ballpark hotdog, but the fish seem to have a mutual respect for each other.

Posted by: Shawn Mallison on August 10, 2005 03:01 PM

I currently have three Oscars King, the leader is a 8inch tiger, steve McQueen is a 5 inch red, and Prince Zipper is a baby 3 inch Tiger. I have found that feeder fish are great, but not in excess. I give them feeders once a week as a treat. It keeps their skills honed and they really seem to enjoy this treat. I also have a monster in my tank, I mean a sailfin catfish who is now the sixe of a footlong ballpark hotdog, but the fish seem to have a mutual respect for each other.

Posted by: Shawn Mallison on August 10, 2005 03:02 PM

I've seen Shwans Catfish he is the biggest fattest fish I have ever seen I don't even think a pet store would be able to house a cat that size!!!

Posted by: kim on August 11, 2005 03:17 PM

I have just recently bought 2 very small Oscars, and already feel a greatness when i come home from work and they're both waiting for me, not to feed them but just to swim through my fingers ..and i suppose to get fed as well...ALthough I was told by a good friend of mine who had 2 Oscars before that they could live off the pellet food, I have found that they don't eat it..infact they let it sink and get eaten by the pleco. Tuna seems to be a good training food seeing how my fish (too me) seem pretty well of trick wise. I'm still confused on how you get a fish to roll over, but mine play with the cat when I'm not around, play catch with each other (toss a frozen pea in and watch them go), and they swim with the pleco when he does his cleaning rounds...

Posted by: Kyle on November 9, 2005 08:09 PM

The fish bit me! No serously a fish!
I try to eat food in front of them they will stare me down until they get it.
They play with ping pong balls really, Whats up with these things?

Posted by: Math-U! on June 29, 2006 06:55 AM

I have an oscar and absolutly adore her. Oscar fish are way too damn intelligent for their own good... and boy do I know that.

How big is the tank your's is in now? Mine is in a 25 gl and she's a BEAST!

Posted by: Jillian on September 1, 2006 12:23 AM

Hi my names Gary im 15 and my couzen just gave me hiss 6 year old oscar which hes had forever. i never really looked at the fish nor cared about it. he would keep the fish with a hole bunch of Red devils and other oscars about 10 inches long which scared the shit out of me when i first saw his 400 gallon tank. when he gave me his biggest oscar as a gift and a 100 gallon tank for my birthday i thought it was just another normal fish like a goldfish which i enjoy killing. This fish was one crazy mother fucker.as soon as i open the top of the tank to drop some food it the son of a bitch jumps on me and trys to bite my finger. once i thought it mistook my finger for food but soon i realized it hated me. this fish resembled my couzen because both of them are pure evil. someone please tell me how to get this damn fish to stop eating my damn algae eaters which cost me 30 bucks each.

Posted by: Gary on October 21, 2006 06:35 PM

I got my Tiger Oscar just about a month or so at Wal-Mart ago (about 2 inches if even) he was a nice coloured one. He's smaller than my Jacks and still has a larger mouth! At first when i put him in my 50 gallon tank with my Firemouth and 2 Jacks + Plecos... he got teased on and I had to save him. So i kept him in a smaller tank with guppies- he was too lazy to eat them, but he tried. Than he got ich so i put him in a container and gave him a salt bath, after a few days he was fine and decided after a long time to try to put him in my Cichlid tank again (the 50 gallon). This time he stood his ground and even battled my Firemouth who now has respect for him. Today is the first full day he has been in there and already learnt to eat pellets of my finger- he will jump right out and snipe each one perfectly. These zfish are cool!

Posted by: Michael on December 21, 2006 10:48 PM

i just found out what the name of my oscar is, its not an oscar its a flower horn, and me being a dumb ass thinking that flower horns are not aggressive, bought a 8 inch long red floewr horn with a lot of cool physical features, its been 2 months that these guys have been in the same tank toghether and finaly started to get along, so i added a 7 inch red devil, so now the only way i can keep these 3 from killing eachother is feeding them around 50 large guppies and hand feeding them shrimp.

Posted by: Gary on January 1, 2007 03:28 PM


Posted by: Chris on April 17, 2007 09:55 PM

Hi! my name is Oisin.Im 15, i bet now you wont listen to me cuz im 15,but iv been breeding oscars since i was 8, with no help from my parents,i got the 200gal tank,oscars and food.When feeding my 16inch oscars!!! i distract them by putting in goldfish, while they chase goldfish, i put in flaks..... beleve me when i say it helps!!

Posted by: oisin on May 4, 2007 02:45 PM

tiger oscars are evil mother fu.....it has killed all my brothers fish then he gave it to me and its has butchered all my fish and it keeps head butting the tank and trying to eat us when we go near the tank i would not recommend any1 getting 1 of these evil bas...s

Posted by: martin on May 8, 2007 08:26 PM

hey, ya gotta be into those fish. I only had my boy by himself.

Posted by: ellen on May 9, 2007 09:14 AM

Hi.. I just bought 3 tiger oscar fish with long fins today.. I dropped them into a tank that was only 17 degrees, they are in a tank with a shell grit base as a floor. (You know the stuff you buy from the petshop for the chickens??? yeh that) Anyway.,, after bailing heaps of hot water into the tank we got the temp up to the 26 degree mark and nearly up to 29 degrees now.. Petshop owner informs me that at that temp they are less likely to get diseases and breeders say the hotter the temp the more likely breeding will be.. Im interested in learning more about breeding if anyone has some comments to add.. Like to you seperate the babies etc.. I have bred guppies before. Anyway.. my daughter is laying on the lounge floor coloring in her coloring book and there is one of them just resting on the floor of the tank staring her out!... waiting for more blood worms maybe???? Not sure... Just taking in how she is??? maybe.. I have a lot to learn about my new pets and I'm certain that they are taking in a lot of learning about us to. If anyone has some tips of how to teach some of these little darling critters (Named Magma, Lava and Flutter) :D then I'd love to come back and read about it!

Posted by: Paula on May 19, 2007 06:48 AM

You dont have to seperate the young until about 6 weeks, oscars act parentally, protecting and sometimes chewing food for them.

Posted by: Dave on July 14, 2007 10:53 AM

omg u guys are all serious pricks theres like mad question and instead u just go on with ur stories. i have no answers to these questions only more questions. i have a 2 month old oscar and hes a god dam baby carrot i think i shud get a him a bigger tank and maybe he grow more. and quicker but im a poor mother fu..er


Posted by: tony m on August 25, 2007 08:44 PM

Don't kill it you dick. How about i kill you, cause your too fat. Sell it to someone who has a larger tank, sometimes the independant pet stores buy them back.

Posted by: agent revolution on October 30, 2007 11:31 AM

I'm confused... I've had many an Oscar when I was younger and never had any problems like this. Then, just recently, I bought three (hadn't had them in years). Now all the sudden they are violent evil killing machines. Did the breed go psychotic? I have one fat boy left all alone in the tank. He even killed my Placostamous, which was three times his size with scaly armor. What the??? I'm also not sure what to do with him. Killing him is not an option, though my wife (the animal lover) begs me to "just make him disappear" like I'm with the Mafia or something. Hey... that's an idea.

Posted by: Kyle on October 31, 2007 08:27 AM

Yah, I have an Oscar, he looks like a tiger oscar, but he's just an average oscar. He took me by surprise yesterday. I have taught him, or rather he taught himself, to come to where I am holding the food and he will open his mouth and wait for me to drop the pellets in his mouth. But Yesterday I got distracted and he couldnt wait, I guess and jumped right after the food and got a large amount of my fingers in his mouth. But you need at least a 55 gallon to keep just one oscar. I have a 55 gallon along with two ten gallons. Oh and It's not a wise thing to teach your oscars to jump, b/c they have been known to jump clear out of their tanks and kill themselves. O'malley is my oscar's name. They are an extremely smart fish. He hides whenever he hears someone enter my room. But if I or my boyfriend walk up to his tank, he comes from hiding and it looks like he is eager for food. And it almost looks like he's smiling. I havent had him for to long, but I've grown to love him and he loves staring at me from across the room. He also loves to rip the plastic plants up from where I put them and move them from place to place. But if I anchor them where he puts them, he tears them up and moves them again, it's pretty fun to watch him use his mouth as a shovel.

Posted by: April on May 8, 2008 10:43 PM

I don't see what the problem is. LoL .. I Love it when my Oscar jumps at me. It may freak me out a little every now and then but it isn't the end of the world. And, yes he's bitten my fingers in his eagerness to get food. But, he's a fish. I have a Rotkail Severum in with him and they get along fine. They have killed one Plecostomus, so I'll just have to clean the tank by hand. If you don't want to open the tank to feed him then go back to where his filter is and just drop the food onto the water flow and let it bed pushed into the tank. You can breed guppies(and they breed like crazy), and put a couple in when it's time to clean his tank and his mouth will be full so he'll probably lay on the bottom and just digest the poor little sucker. Mine always does that. They are a bit sadistic and evil at times, but I believe that is why most people buy them. They say at the pet store that these bad boys are agressive. You just have to cross your fingers and hope you don't get satan himself reincarnated in fish form. If you do, then get him a 100 to 150 gallon tank all for himself. Put in some heavy rocks and get a thick pair of rubber gloves to clean the tank. Oh and set a brick on the lid, cause even if you don't teach them to jump, they will learn it. They are smart, almost like dogs. :-) If you want docile pretty fish then get some Glo-lite Danios(maybe 12 or more) in a 45 to 50 gallon tank and watch them zoom around making you happy. (PS- For those who read this and think that dropping your fish into a 17 degree tank then putting hot water in there to heat it up is wise.. well.. just don't do it. You need a tank heater and you need to have the tank set up and running for no less than 2 weeks before you put your fish in. And, when you finally do leave them in the bag just floating in the water for an hour then slowly add tank water to their bag. Otherwise you very well might end up with a dead fish. You bought them to take care of them, it's just like cats or dogs or even kids. Your responcibility. :-) .. )

Posted by: Kaye on February 24, 2009 01:16 AM

I have an oscar and he loves me. I keep him on the 3rd floor so i am the only person he sees. He loves me and only gets mad when I don't feed him on Sundays. He always hides when I do water changes and never gets in the way.

Posted by: Rasheed on March 7, 2009 02:21 PM

Does it hurt if an oscar bites you? He is not very big only a couple of inches.

Posted by: Sheed on March 7, 2009 02:23 PM

hey, i know this is old. but i found this while googling oscars. we just bought a red albino oscar today; spent AUD 100 on him/her alone and now i think we should have gone shopping instead. well, we couldnt have a cat/dog cos of the lease agreement no-no, and this oscar at the pet shop looked very smart. so there you go. hope it will not be a mistake. anyway, i do enjoy reading ur entries on ur oscar.

Posted by: edith on April 11, 2009 11:15 AM

i just bought a small oscar- 3- 4"
and he just sulks all day long
unless the lights are off, is this normal?

Posted by: colton on May 14, 2009 01:52 AM

Albino oscar, fire eel, snowflake eel, albino frog, dwarf frog, turtles, pear tail gold fish, pleco…

Posted by: un4geTT@bl3 on September 3, 2009 12:41 AM

oscars are carnivorious, try feeding it some bugs or worms or feeder fish.mice even.

Posted by: mike on November 27, 2009 10:21 PM

My Oscar started doing tricks on me today. When I went on Google to research, this page came up. It was worth reading, lol. HILARIOUS!! At least now I know my Oscar isn't the only psycho out there!

Posted by: Mary on February 6, 2010 02:22 AM

Look... oscars need AT THE LEAST 55 gallon tanks.
If you choose a 55 gallon or something near that, you would be doing water changes every week...

If you want a tank mate (Non cichlid) then you want a 75 and up.

If you want to have 2 oscars, then you need 100 gallon and up...

If you want 3 oscars or even more tank mates, I suggest a 150 gallon or more...

Anyway, for every single bit of info on oscars, go to oscar fish lover.com

Just google it... Any questions? Just post on the forum.

Hope this helps...

Posted by: Omega Oscar Fish on February 16, 2010 12:13 AM

I have 2 Red Oscars an Albino Tiger Oscar a Jack Dempsey a Pink Convict and a Black Convict. Am I bieng abusive by keeping them in a 60 gallon tank? I do water changes(50%) every Saturday vaccum the gravel and keep it at 79 deg on the nose.The big Oscars are both around 5 inches and the others are 3 iches and smaller. They have been together around 4 months and get along fine.

Posted by: Charlie on May 10, 2010 11:41 PM

I just bought a red tiger oscar and an albino oscar yesterday. I put some small guppies in the tank but they are way too fast for the bigger 6-7cm red tiger.
Is there any other freshwater live food i can feed them that they can at least catch? e.g. yabbies, shrimp whatever you like to call them.

Also pretty keen on starting them on tricks :D

Posted by: Timmy on May 4, 2011 06:56 AM
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