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Baby Oscars Fight 7 months 2 weeks ago #69414

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Hi everybody! My first oscar died recently :( I did get new ones though... Two of them. I didn't try to get two, but the person who was picking up the fish picked up two. Yesterday I went over to my fish tank, and the fish had little rips in their fins. I was wondering if this was some sort of odd accident, but then I saw one swim suit over to the other with his mouth open. The odd thing is, when the fighting was done the fish swam with each other, and stayed at the bottom right next to each other. I'm pretty sure this is not breeding behaveior, as these fish are about two inches long. Please help, I love these fish and don't want them to get hurt!
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Baby Oscars Fight 7 months 2 weeks ago #69417

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One is asserting itself as the dominant fish. Its unlikely to change, and the weaker fish will suffer not only physical injury but also stress induced health problems, may get less food etc. Pick the one you like, return the other. You cannot make them get along.
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Baby Oscars Fight 7 months 2 weeks ago #69418

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If you want two and your tank size allows this buy another two or three more and wait till you find a pair out of the group.
Hoping off buying two Oscars and hope they get along with each other is not it works in like 9 from 10 cases.

They also do better while small if they are not the dominant species in the tank.
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Baby Oscars Fight 7 months 2 weeks ago #69419

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It's a 60 gallon tank so there's no way I could ever get more fish in there, I know I shouldn't even have two Oscars in there. When I noticed I had two I thought it would be fine while they were small, and then upgrade to a 100 gallons (or higher) after a few months. Now I see that these guys are aggressive now! Is there any way to do this without returning any of the fish?
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Baby Oscars Fight 7 months 2 weeks ago #69420

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120 gallon with a divider.

No there isn't any other way. If you plan to upgrade to a larger tank, then a 60 gallon is fine as a grow out tank for a few months.

It will work when they're still really young. the bioload doesn't go up until they get older.

If you plan to have two then the time to pair 2 would be now and not later. There isn't any other way. If you want two compatible then it would be now and just return the others or you could stick to a single fish

Or you could go with the less dominant one and go with a servum instead.
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Baby Oscars Fight 7 months 2 weeks ago #69422

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Sorry to hear about your old Oscar. :(

If you are going to get a larger tank, you could consider adding some Silver Dollars.
As your fish are still small, it could work in the 60g on a temporary basis only.
This often has the result of dispersing aggression.
Stay away from the larger SD species like Red Hooks if you try this route.
Just like anytime you add stock, there are no guarantees.
I only suggest this if you intend on keeping both Os.
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Baby Oscars Fight 7 months 2 weeks ago #69424

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Thank you all for your answers! Tom were you suggesting that I add some SDs to my 60 gal? Also would it help to move decorations around?
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Baby Oscars Fight 7 months 2 weeks ago #69428

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If you are determined to keep both Oscars it means you will be upgrading to a 120g or larger.
As both Oscars are now only 2", adding 4-5 SD (of the smaller variety) would not push the bio load of your tank too high.
The presence of the SD may focus the aggression shown by the dominant Oscar away from the one being dominated.
Your Oscars are going to be 6" to 8" in no time, by which time you will have to provide a large tank.
Moving deco around won't hurt either.
Again, there are no guarantees...
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Baby Oscars Fight 7 months 2 weeks ago #69429

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I don't think getting another tank is possible right now. So I guess if all else fails I can return one oscar :( Is there any way that this could just be temporary? I really like these fish and want to keep them.
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Baby Oscars Fight 7 months 2 weeks ago #69430

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Once the aggression starts it will just escalate until serious damage is done it is never temporary. I had a couple of lutinos whose aggression was off the charts.
If you are going to separate now is the time.
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