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Author Topic: Oscars In an Outside pond?  (Read 6710 times)
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« on: June 03, 2007, 12:08:34 PM »

I went to my LFS the other day to and notcied one of the employees bagging up some very large Oscars, 7-10ins. I asked where they were going and I was told they were being bought to be placed in an outside pond. Not an expert w/ Oscars, but this is the first time I heard this. Is this a normal practice?

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2007, 01:47:03 PM »

I have never heard of it either... I hope you live in a warm climate!  They are sooo personable, it almost seems a waste to put them out doors... although in a big pond they would probably breed regularly and produce enough offspring to make the pond owner some nice pocket change.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2007, 02:40:23 PM »

that's kinda an interesting idea, if you live somewhere warm. you gotta wonder if it would be better for them, being in a larger place that a pond can offer, and having bugs available all the time. It would surely be good for their diet...
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2007, 03:03:09 PM »

Hey Karen, I sent cha a PM.

Yeah, I believe the person said the pond was very large, well, its a land scaping pond, I beleive 16'-18' was the radious.

I live in the wonderful state of IA. Woo lame, but right now the weather will temp in the 70s and up. but our weather changes on a dime, dont know about your part o the country, but here one day its snowing, and a few days later we are up into the 70s a few times.

Hopefully they bring them in during the winter months.
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2007, 03:44:57 PM »

wow, that quite cold. i am in canada, and it's 86.9*F, 30.3*c, it's nice Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2007, 04:14:32 PM »

You have to hope they bring them in. Or else they will be *DUH DUH DUH* (Scary tone) DOOMED!  :sick:
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2007, 09:50:07 PM »

Perhaps they have a heater system with their pond- otherwise, the fish won't survive the fall in Iowa, much less the winter.  My neighbor even brings his goldfish inside at the beginning of fall here.
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2007, 11:17:20 AM »

What is the misconception? Is this something that the LFS is perportrating?  Oscars are surely not the first cichlid to be housed in a large pond, then brought indoors when the weather cools or are supplied with some type of additional suplemental heating. Other than that, water temps in natural Iowa ponds in the winter would be too cold for them to thrive.  Smiley



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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2007, 10:31:56 PM »

this is kinda off topic but, my friend went fishing once in a lake in louisiana and said he caught something that looked liked a oscar or something. wow thats weird. but now he move to florida and he doesnt see them in lakes anymore
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2007, 11:53:37 PM »

he probably did. a lot of people dump their fish in lakes and stuff...

http://www.canadianaquariumconnection.com/forum/showthread.php?t=361
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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2007, 08:32:58 AM »

Believe me, Oscars and Tilapia are more prevalent in Florida lakes, ponds and canals then you might think. The irresponsible hobbyist who doesn't take into consideration the size and care the Oscars require release them into these area's (Illegally Albeit).

I personally have caught Tilapia and an Oscar here in a brackish water canal and as Cindy had enlightened me, It was illegal to put it back from were it was caught.

They are much more prevalent the farther south in Florida you are and can thrive year round here with the warmer climate.
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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2007, 09:32:58 AM »

Red tilapia (a very salt tolerant spcies) are real common in Flordida now.  All released from aquaculture farms by accidnet.  Lovely eh?  I wasn't aware of the Oscars, but I guess I am not surprised.

Arizona and New Mexico are full of Tilapia as well.
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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2007, 11:52:53 AM »

Oscars and Tilapia in Florida and Louisiana natural waterways affects Oscars released in Iowa waterways, how? mumbles

These fish surviving and thriving in those warmer waterways is not a myth, rumor, or misconception. Iowa however, is a totaly different issue.   Wink


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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2007, 01:55:29 AM »

I used to live in Florida, Oscars were the fish you were most likely to catch unless using large lures specifically for bass.
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2007, 12:54:45 PM »

Zones this is an old thread and has died. You can start a new one if you like though.
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« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2007, 11:08:35 AM »

Correct.

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Oscars and Tilapia in Florida and Louisiana natural waterways affects Oscars released in Iowa waterways, how?  

These fish surviving and thriving in those warmer waterways is not a myth, rumor, or misconception. Iowa however, is a totaly different issue.   


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