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Monster Oscar fished out of Gordon Pond

By johnboy - 28 April 2011 9

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Territory And Municipal Services are letting you know about a 30cm long Oscar found in Gordon Pond.

This in turn has them worried aquarists are not doing the right thing with fish disposal.

“It seems most likely that the Albino Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus) fished out of Gordon Pond was released into Gordon Pond from someone’s home aquarium over the summer,” Ms Lane said.

“Oscars are aggressive tropical fish from the Amazon and are popular aquarium fish. In the right environment, they can grow to 45cm long and in the wild will feed on a diversity of fish, shrimps and other aquatic animals.

“This means that although it is unlikely the Oscar would have survived in the pond during Canberra’s winter, the potential for this exotic fish to impact on native species and our waterways is significant.”

Some exotic species, such as Tilapia, infesting Australian waterways have been found to have increased their tolerance for cold temperature waters since becoming established in the wild.

Exotic fish predate native species, competing for food and space. They can alter the habitat and harbour new diseases.

Ms Lane said the release of aquarium fish, dead or alive, into public waterways was illegal under the Fisheries Act 2000 and the Nature Conservation Act 1980.

“Appropriate disposal of unwanted fish is very important for the conservation of our waterways,” Ms Lane said.

“People can return fish to the retailer or if it is sick they can dispose of it humanely by immersing the fish in an ice slurry – a mix of half ice and half water – for 20 minutes and then disposing the carcass in the garbage in a plastic bag.”

The public is encouraged to report unusual fish species to Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

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Oscar

Photos courtesy of TAMS.

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Monster Oscar fished out of Gordon Pond
S4anta 9:53 am 29 Apr 11

pests in tuggers competing for food and space, and altering a habitat to the communities detriment and harbouring new diseases. What is else is new down there?

Inappropriate 8:13 pm 28 Apr 11

Are they edible? Problem solved?

breda 3:47 pm 28 Apr 11

Oscars are very tough and it is wishful thinking to imagine that they could not survive winter in our lakes. When I was a uni student, a group house I visited had a rank fishtank with no heating, no lights and covered in slime. It was half full of water in an unheated room. In it lived – ‘Oscar’, who survived on the occasional bit of fish food every few days when someone remembered to feed him/her.

Oscar’s solitary lifestyle was because every other fish in the tank had been killed and eaten by you-know-who.

I wonder if they like carp?

Oh, and that’s not a monster. They can easily grow to 45cm.

breda 3:44 pm 28 Apr 11

Oscars are very tough and it is wishful thinking to imagine that they could not survive winter in our lakes. When I was a uni student, a group house I visited had a rank fishtank with no heating, no lights and covered in slime. It was half full of water in an unheated room. In it lived – ‘Oscar’, who survived on the occasional bit of fish food every few days when someone remembered to feed him/her.

Oscar’s solitary lifestyle was because every other fish in the tank had been killed and eaten by you-know-who.

I wonder if they like carp?

SheepGroper 2:06 pm 28 Apr 11

So – did Territory And Municipal dispose of the Oscar humanely? It’s suffocating in the trophy shots but still alive.

M0les 11:58 am 28 Apr 11

How do they taste?

colourful sydney rac 11:57 am 28 Apr 11

dvaey said :

How does one apply for a job in TAMS, where part of the job description involves fishing the various ponds/lakes around our fair city?

tough job but someone has to do it 🙂

dvaey 11:50 am 28 Apr 11

How does one apply for a job in TAMS, where part of the job description involves fishing the various ponds/lakes around our fair city?

colourful sydney rac 11:28 am 28 Apr 11

how stupid can people be?

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