True! someone had to mention the poor fella's!
Originally Posted by danthefishman
My Electric Yellow Labs will eat from my hand if I feed them something like leaf spinach.
The other cichlids in the tank which are mentioned in my signature are pretty much the "run and hide type" when I go into the room.
Yellow Labs...my favorite by far.
30 gallon salt water tank
2 power heads
2 clowns and 3 hermits
Oranda - Ryukin
Oranda, quite a shy breed of goldish, often plays with my Ryukin, but is usually dominated and chased by it.
Oranda is sometimes scared to go up to water surface to eat foods, even when Ryukin is pouncing at the food. Oranda and Ryukin are found always together, and are only on occasion seperated.
Ryukins lust for food usually outeats Orandas, and Ryukin often eats more than he can chew, leaving Oranda hungry. Ryukins body is much larger than Orandas, and he has trouble swimming, and he reminds me of a fat sumo japanese/chinese fish lol.
Both are really nice fish, but extremely hard to maintain. They are considered delicate goldfish, and cost me 4 times each of the amount of a standard goldfish.
Lots of water changes and filtration/oxygenation is needed apparently, with water of extreme hardness. 2x the recommended salt crystals are needed for these two fish according to the local aquarium shop owner.
I change 30% of the water every second day during the fishy cycling period to ensure that toxins are lowered.
Tank setup -
AquaOne Clearview 500.
AquaClear 201 Powerhead.
Large Sponge filter.
Oranda - 'Helen' - Gold and black.
Ryukin - 'Ryu' - Orange and white.
Shubunkin - 'Ken' - Multicolored spots.
Large branches of driftwood.
White and red rock.
Oscars are definitely one of my favorite fish when it comes to personality. I almost have mine eating from my hand and he knows when it is feeding time. He starts going crazy whenever i come into the room. The silver dollars i used to have were very cool as well. They were extremely fast.
The more I hear about oscars, the more I want one. I just don't know if he would be happy in my 45 gallon even if he was all by himself (which I would prefer he have a buddy). I haven't heard one person say an oscar would thrive in anything less than a 55 gallon minimum. :(
I don't guess there's a such thing as a dwarf oscar? I can dream, can't I? LOL
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It all depends on your filtration, and if you would get a bigger tank in the long run. Which you would because once you have one you wont ever get rid of it. I had two ocars in a 45gal tank from 4cm babies to about 18cm sub adults. They now live in a 70 gal tank and my old tank ive set up as a growing on tank which has three marbled oscar babies about 5cm. Im going to set up a 170gal tank and these little fellas will go in when there about 15cm along with some nice catfish. It would take about 5-6 months for them to grow this big. iI just cant have enough oscars their all indevidual but ive never had one not feed from the hand.They are like a dog in the way they will always swim to the tank to greet you, never away. Hope ive given you some idea of what there like.
heyy Glasstapper , the most interesting fish i have had was my beautiful baby yellowtailed Barracuda..he was about 7 inches long and i swear i seen the intelligence in his eyes , he would look at me and i would look at him and i knew there was something there , that fish knew something ,almost had a wise expression and seemed to smile at me at times...back then i really did not know about water parameters or anything of the sort and i ended up loseing him within two weeks of having him...it was a shame to lose him , (( i ended giving that barracuda a proper burial fit for a king!)) but i educated myself on proper fish care and another very interesting and very intelligent fish i had were my channel catfishes....when i put one of them into my 125gallon tank and placed alot of bushy plants on the far left side of the tank i swear that channel cat made a nest for himself in there and did not come out for a week....forget about having a daily routine of eating like most normal fish do , this fish just ignored all that and ate when ever he felt like it and came out very seldom...i would see him far deep into the plants with his body resting onto an area that supported him and he would just watch from " his" area what went around him as the other fish swam about , i started to worry about him yet never disturbed him and after the week when i did my water changes i had to rearange the plants he came out and ate some shrimp....then would go back to his area deep into the plants....he would come out only to eat when ever he felt like it and since he was fine by that routine so was i....now he is much bigger and stockyer and has adopted an area that he calls his own on the right side of the tank where i have a few more plants , he will chase any fish out of that area and will stand his ground to protect that area...no fish had better go by there....because he will defend it...he is super tuff and lives his life the way he thinks he should...almost as if he thinks or has reasoning behind his actions....he is my favorite fish indeed!
awesome descriptions, Sin! You speak of your fish as if you truly adore them. It makes me all warm inside. :)
It's just awesome when a fish claims a territory that you set up for them, isn't it? It's like I was a good realtor and the fish was satisfied with it's home. LOL
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Originally Posted by Glasstapper
Dwarf Oscar, i said the same thing! Great minds???
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