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Back at it... Project Wild Columbia 4 months 6 days ago #71920

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Good idea but a more on the hard side live bearer like Eiseni. This guys are fast and ruff by themself. Also the females become like 2.5+" and they are not so surface depending as Swordys and Platys. Guppys are to slow and will be Lunch after 1 or 2 inches of growth.

Those are not readily available in my area. Probably will have to try mollies for something more robust.
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65B - Hairy Puffer x1
65B - Wild Columbia Oscars x3
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Back at it... Project Wild Columbia 4 months 5 days ago #71921

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They look great! What are you currently feeding them?
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Back at it... Project Wild Columbia 4 months 5 days ago #71922

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They look great! What are you currently feeding them?
For now Fluval cichlid bug bites. Did not want to invest in a bunch of little food since they grow so fast. When they get a little more size on them they will eat from a mix of dainichi, nls, northfin and omega one.

They have also got bloodworms as a treat.
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65B - Hairy Puffer x1
65B - Wild Columbia Oscars x3
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Back at it... Project Wild Columbia 4 months 5 days ago #71923

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Wanted to update that I added 5 gold skirts and an eclipse cat to the tank as dithers. I noticed a huge increase in oscar activity with the fish being a lot more outgoing. Also they seemed to spread the agressive nipping to the tetras so they got a little break from each other.

My favorite (#3) manages to keep from getting nipped and hold his own against the larger one
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300g - H. Pearsei x1, P. heterospilus x1, Bichirs x 6
65B - Hairy Puffer x1
65B - Wild Columbia Oscars x3
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Back at it... Project Wild Columbia 4 months 4 days ago #71924

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Awesome! I would definitely agree with the Northfin and omega one! And as for the pellet size... I learned that the hard way. I got the Northfin veggie pellets at the smallest size and now he can eat up to 5 at a time.

As they get larger won't you have a problem with the O's trying to eat the other fish? I wouldn't know because mine is all alone.
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Oh. I almost forgot to ask you an important question. Since I'm a newbie I have no idea how to start a discussion! If you could tell me how I'd really appreciate it! Thanks for you're time :)
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Oscarmon wrote:
Awesome! I would definitely agree with the Northfin and omega one! And as for the pellet size... I learned that the hard way. I got the Northfin veggie pellets at the smallest size and now he can eat up to 5 at a time.

As they get larger won't you have a problem with the O's trying to eat the other fish? I wouldn't know because mine is all alone.
Hard to say what will happen. Ive raised interesting combos of large fish with little fish and had no issues. As an example I had a 11 1/2” Oscar that grew up with Australian rainbows and never ate a one. I also raised a midas that lived with platies. Not saying that it always works but keeping them together at this point may just make the oscar ignore them as it gets bigger especially if they are not fed live foods. If their hunting instincts are not encouraged then there could be a chance it may work. In this case the gold skirts are dithers that are expendable...
My tanks:
300g - H. Pearsei x1, P. heterospilus x1, Bichirs x 6
65B - Hairy Puffer x1
65B - Wild Columbia Oscars x3
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Back at it... Project Wild Columbia 4 months 4 days ago #71927

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Oscarmon wrote:
Oh. I almost forgot to ask you an important question. Since I'm a newbie I have no idea how to start a discussion! If you could tell me how I'd really appreciate it! Thanks for you're time :)

Its pretty easy, here are some instructions for you
www.oscarfish.com/forum/welcome-mat/4823...-to-open-thread.html

Hope to see more about your fish soon.
My tanks:
300g - H. Pearsei x1, P. heterospilus x1, Bichirs x 6
65B - Hairy Puffer x1
65B - Wild Columbia Oscars x3
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Back at it... Project Wild Columbia 4 months 4 days ago #71930

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I definitely see size and growth on these guys and they are fierce eaters. I held a frozen blood worm cube in the water and they were eating out of my fingers with zero fear.

Having never raised Oscars from this little size, was wondering when I would start to see the eye spot coming in. I know of another person who started to raise a wild Columbia and his was showing the spot but it must have been at least an inch to one and a half bigger than mine. Sadly he lost his due to some tank violence but at 6" it was fairly bland still with just a hint of red freckles coming in.
My tanks:
300g - H. Pearsei x1, P. heterospilus x1, Bichirs x 6
65B - Hairy Puffer x1
65B - Wild Columbia Oscars x3
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Back at it... Project Wild Columbia 4 months 3 days ago #71931

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Horrible blurry pic but looks like the start of the eyespot on the tail? The black dot looks to be the spot. Not seeing this yet on the other two. But this is #1 the largest of the group.

Oscar #2 is getting beat on but gets food and is growing but it really is getting tattered looking with all kinds of fin tears. Oscar #3 (my favorite patterned one) is doing okay with a small fin tear but seems to be holding its own against the biggest one. Sadly it too pics on Oscar #2. I feel like I may have to make my choice sooner rather than later or else #2 wont make it due to the other two.
My tanks:
300g - H. Pearsei x1, P. heterospilus x1, Bichirs x 6
65B - Hairy Puffer x1
65B - Wild Columbia Oscars x3
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