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When does growth rate slow down?

Postby Natalie » Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:08 pm

I recently rescued a 10" red oscar, who is gorgeous. I don't know much about his history, but was wondering if he'll keep growing at a quick rate or if they are slowed down at this length? I know they will easily reach 14-16" and I'd love for him to get larger. :) My first Oscar!
90g: 12" super red texas male, giant danios
30g: 5" marble convict male, rosy barbs
5g: planted giant betta tank
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Postby TheFishGuy » Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:50 pm

Congrats Natalie! Nice rescue! You're correct in assuming their growth rate slows at this point....
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Postby Natalie » Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:32 pm

Thank you! You were actually one of the people who convinced me to start looking for an Oscar. :) I saw your pics of your rescued pair.

I found this guy at a LFS, in a 29 gallon tank with five red devils who were pecking at him. He had several missing scales and no fight in him. Needless to say I was soon the proud owner of an O. He's in a 3-foot 30g hospital tank right now with aquarium salt and daily 50% water changes, and he'll be going into a 90g in a few days with a small mellow GT and convict. He's almost completely healed now! I've named him Bruno...

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90g: 12" super red texas male, giant danios
30g: 5" marble convict male, rosy barbs
5g: planted giant betta tank
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Postby TheFishGuy » Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:54 pm

He's a nice looking red oscar, you'll soon see that they're a joy to own! I'm back up to 8 oscars again. Two are HUGE!
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Postby BlackShark11k » Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:47 pm

Nice rescue! He's awesome 8)
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Postby Al'Thor » Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:07 am

Nice one, he's got fantastic colors! 8)
180gal: Red Tiger O, Female JD, Uaru, Male Texas, 5 SD's, 2 Female Cons
90gal: Chocolate Cichlid, Uaru, Hoplarchus Psittacus, 2 Pictus Cats, 2 Yellowfin Shiners
55gal: 2 Dollar Sunfish, 2 Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Yellow Bullhead
29gal: Planted Tetra tank
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Postby Izzydawg » Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:27 am

He's sweet 8)
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Postby Natalie » Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:19 pm

Thanks guys, he is such a sweetheart! (if fish can be sweethearts :) ) He hasn't looked twice at all of the convict fry that are sharing his hospital tank. I thought they would be gone in no time.
90g: 12" super red texas male, giant danios
30g: 5" marble convict male, rosy barbs
5g: planted giant betta tank
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Postby Izzydawg » Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:34 pm

I think fish can be sweet hearts...especially oscars :)
I saw your thread in MFK....it's a good feeling bringing home the big guys, they need homes too, that was a great save :thumb:
....and it seems that the bigger they get, the more attached you get. 8)
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Postby Big Vine » Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:58 pm

Al'Thor wrote:Nice one, he's got fantastic colors! 8)

I agree...very vibrant. :thumb:

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