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Milo # warning graphic images# OSCAR

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Meet Milo. I seen her on a gumtree ad for $15 and decided I needed her. She was in a 2ft tank with a sponge filter. I drove to Caloundra to pick her up and when I arrived I was nothing short of shocked... I have NEVER and I mean NEVER seen a fish SO skinny.... I took her home and slowly added her to a tank. I knew within a few days something was not right. She refused to eat, even if the pellets were almost touching her. I put this down to her adjusting and freaking out being in a large tank. After a week I was stressed. This fish was emaciated, severely undernourished and I honestly didn't think she would survive...... I knew I was missing something! Why wouldn't she eat? Why would she swim but always touch the glass and look up constantly. I decided to try to hand feed/throw food at her so it touched her. BAM! She ate! And did she eat!!! I slowly gave her more and more daily, and eventually started to hand feed her. When she was in 'Better' condition, I added her with my other placid Oscars. I knew from this moment on that she is FULLY blind. I cant believe it took me so long.... its like all the little hints came together. Her previous owner said she would shift the gravel for food.... how she survived to be in my care in beyond me. Anyway I feel like I could type a novel, but I did take pics along the way, including some recent pics. She was 10cm when I got her, she is now close to 25cm. I still hand feed, and she has a 6x18x18 almost all by herself. Im cautious what I add with her, as she will eat anything she bumps into... plants filter etc included. Anyone Enjoy guys.. And GRAPHIC PICS so please be aware.

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You did not mention the move and why...

I like to keep it simple ;) But basically I was evicted because of my tanks. 2 weeks after getting the 8ft...RTA was zero help. Huge shout out to John at the tec den, he has helped me heaps with finding a food she likes. Freeze dried Aussie black worms with added spinach and hikari pellets ;)

Next step is to own my own house and setup a Oscar rescue tank/pond.....

I can't save them all.

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Awesome effort, it's not something that most people would commit to but the results are worth it.

I had a blind albino oscar, it was the first fish i hand fed and ever since I have trained most of my fish to hand feed. It looks cool in the marine tank with 11 fish coming from every angle to get a feed.

In answer to Dan's question, yes I think it is a curse of popularity.

Most people would have had an Oscar at some stage, normally in the early years of fish keeping.

Availability is also a factor as it's the only big fish in most chain stores which limits the options for people that want a monster (even though they are sooks that don't quite reach monster fish proportions lol)

Cheers mick

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I do not think it was keeping it simple I think you were being modest and sorry to dob you in but most people when faced with the choice of - staying at the home you were at if you got rid of the fish would have taken that option - but no you made the choice of if the fish could not stay then you would not either - admirable quality in a person, and shows not just your dedication but your love for your fish - with out you there would be no Milo.

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Agreed, this hobby certainly seems to attract it's share (idiots). Have to remember violence is bad. :mad2:

Had a conversation the other day and someone was trying to tell me it's the tannins fault their water was yellow and nothing to do with not changing their water in 6 months.....

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Good work oscarangel and hope karma rewards you with beautiful oscars/fish you have helped save enjoying your care..

If there was ever a variety of fish that got the horrible end of the learning curve this would be one of them :frusty:

A well looked after Oscar is still a gorgeous fish if you ask me and you show this :eyebrows::hail:

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I do not think it was keeping it simple I think you were being modest and sorry to dob you in but most people when faced with the choice of - staying at the home you were at if you got rid of the fish would have taken that option - but no you made the choice of if the fish could not stay then you would not either - admirable quality in a person, and shows not just your dedication but your love for your fish - with out you there would be no Milo.

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I would never sell a single pet to make someone happy.... On the up side i will hopefully have way more space soon, space enough for more tanks ;) Knowing my limits is hard, but knowing the possibilities is even better <3

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