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Oscar Getting Nipped 4 months 1 week ago #71689

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So I was on a business trip last week, away for 4 days and asked my kids to feed the fish and take care of them. I call one night and ask some questions about the tank and my son can't find the oscar or convict. I come home 2 days later and find the convict in the sump, alive and well, but the oscar stuck and dead on the sponge for the return pump. Anyway, that oscar had pieces of his fins nipped off. Those fish were small and would sometimes take ride through the overflow down into the sump.

I bought a new oscar today, he has only been in the tank for a few hours and already has a nip on his tail fin. Any ideas who is doing this?
Tank: Display 450 g; 2.5 ft tall and deep by 9 ft long with 100g sump

zebra oscar x 1
red severum x 1
green severum x 1
convict cichlid x 1
tin foil barbs x 4
featherfin cat x 1
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Oscar Getting Nipped 4 months 1 week ago #71690

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Convict - suspect #1. Could be sevs too but convicts are notoriously brave. That's my guess anyway.
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Oscar Getting Nipped 4 months 1 week ago #71691

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I would suggest the barbs, especially while bigger than Baby cichlids. They eat anything they can get.

But you need to prepare your overflow. If a fish get stuck midway in the pipe you will never know until it starts to rot away.
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Oscar Getting Nipped 4 months 6 days ago #71692

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I kept several tinfoils for years and they never nipped anyone other than each other occasionally. They are not nearly as brazen as say tiger barbs. Doubt they are the culprit.
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Oscar Getting Nipped 4 months 6 days ago #71693

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Well if I remember there are several species. Do we write about Barbonymus gonionotus or Barbonymus schwanenfeldii? I know especially the second one can be nasty nippers while young but get more clam while bigger. The first ones i know aa very friendly but growing massive.
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Oscar Getting Nipped 4 months 6 days ago #71694

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Good question. I thought that this piece is most common in the states here was schwanenfeldi, but I could be wrong. it's been ages since I've had to think about it.

Edit: yea schwanenfeldi is what we have here commonly. The other species sold as tinfoils here is Barbonymus altus. I don't recall either species bein particularly aggressive though.


- does say altus can be semi aggressive so maybe you do have some nippers, but honestly my money is still on the convict.
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