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Long Finned Oscars

Postby Bubbles » Sat Jul 27, 2002 1:45 pm

Long-finned or not, oscars will be oscars. the long fins don't give them different personalities or change their behaviour.
True albinos make beautiful long-fins. Especially the pure white strain.

They sort of resemble HUGE bettas, without the ability to 'fan out'.

I used to keep a pair of small, long finned oscars, and yes, fighting can sometimes result in torn or damaged fins. Although the fins heal up and grow back pretty quickly, damaged or torn fins are not very pretty and might present openings for infection.

If you're lucky enough to end up with mild-mannered oscars, they should get along just fine. They might even pair up!

If I remember correctly, Dan Isaacs has a beautiful long-finned oscar named Ariel <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="/smile.gif" />
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Postby Dan Isaacs » Sat Jul 27, 2002 2:53 pm

Why, yes, I do. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="/wink.gif" />

I've never seen another LF Albino, so I'd buy one if I were you. I paid about $30 (US) for Ariel when she was this big:

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That was about 4 year ago. She's full-size now. A bit smaller than other adult O's. Only 10-11". The fins tear when I have to net her, but they always grow right back ina few days. Her fins seem to be longer than most LFs, but that's purely my perception. Her fins are always frayed on the ends, too.

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Postby bobrick » Sat Jul 27, 2002 5:34 pm

Those are preaty fish. Do you know how they get to be like that?
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Postby Gupper » Sun Jul 28, 2002 12:06 am

Selective breeding. Like with dogs, someone will pick out a specific trait they like and breed carefully to promote it.
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Postby vx720 » Sun Jul 28, 2002 12:35 am

I have a question I hate to jump in the middle though... would the fins inhibit their movement in any way or do they move as fast as any other oscar?
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Postby Dan Isaacs » Sun Jul 28, 2002 12:42 am

They act as any other O. The fins are purely ornamental, and serve neither to inhibit or enhance movement.
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Postby deadred » Sun Jul 28, 2002 12:49 am

On a recent trip to the LFS i noticed they had several long finned oscars for sale, i had only seen them one other time and i was taken back by how beautiful they were. (albino tigers) Anyway before my impulse to buy buy one took over i thought i would post a few questions before the purchase. i was wondering can they live with other oscars? i have a 150 gallon tank, and i have another oscar of about the same size. i wonder would the other oscar bite at the long fins? Anyway any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Postby fish_keeper_2002 » Thu Aug 01, 2002 10:56 am

they are pretty but I'm not sure if i like them. I've never seen one personally but they should be pricey.
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Postby Dan Isaacs » Thu Aug 01, 2002 11:47 am

Having had one for 4 years now, I wouldn't buy another. Oscars are great fish not because they look cool (though they do) but because they have personalities. There is nothing about how they look that makes them valuable. It's cool for a while, and I like when people see it for the first time. But I don't feel any differently about it than I would a regular O.

You are better off spending the extra 30-40 bucks on a better filter.
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Postby deadred » Thu Aug 01, 2002 5:15 pm

thanks for the help guys, the ones i looked at were $15, which from the sound of it is a good deal, anyway tanks again all <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="/smile.gif" />
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Postby bobrick » Thu Aug 01, 2002 6:45 pm

At my Petsmart, all of the "medium oscars" are only 2-4" in length!!! They have albino-red oscars in there for 15$. Thats dumb, they should be the excact same amount as the other ones.
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