Good community tank for an Oscar?

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Rescued an Oscar and now I'm planning out a tank for him.

I was thinking a 125 gallon tank with:
2 canister filters (Penn Plex Cascade 1200[x2] or Eheim 2217 [x2]
Plus an Aqueon 55/75 for aeration.
Heater: 2 300 watt heaters. (Going to test them in my QT tank before using them in the actual tank.)
Substrate: a small, fine gravel (NOT sand.)
Decorations: Rocks, large flower pots, and driftwood. (I am trying to build a "house" for my Oscar. It'd be like a cat house toy. A cube with a large hole on each side and enough room for a fully grown oscar to go into and out easily. It'll be floating.) Apongeton bulbs too.

Tankmates:
5 Silver Dollars
1 Firemouth (Adult)
3 silver prochilodus

Does this sound okay?
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Good community tank for an Oscar?

My 2 cents... Go with the Eheim filters if you can. Or a combo of Rena XP4 and Aquaclear 110 hob. Your stock is ok if thats what you like. 6 SD is better than 5 and they will have to be good size to survive Oscar. You dont need 2 heaters. I have 2 125's and each is covered with a single Eheim Jager 300w. Also have a 180g with same heater. They are powerful, efficient and very accurate. You may find Oscar is not interested in going inside anything, but a good escape for the FM would be a good idea. You will love the bigger tank, as will your fish. Look forward to seeing it all come together.


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OFL replied the topic: Good community tank for an Oscar?

ifI think I would probably not put in the three silver prochilodus, you have an Oscar which could reach 12 inches easily, the silver dollars will quite easily achieve five or six inches and then you've got your fire mouth, I think this is probably about as much you will get into 125 gallon tank, putting anything else that gets fairly sizeable will probably tip you a little bit overboard.

I also agree about the heaters, you certainly don't need 600 W on 125 tank, that's totally overkill. However, definitely a good idea to have a standby in case something goes wrong with the other one

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Noddy replied the topic: Good community tank for an Oscar?

Ola, i dunno the first filters you mentioned, the Eheims are great... but on the bioload, i'm sure the O and SD's wouldt fit well.
Firemouth wouldt do good too, but adult prochilodus grow upto 30cm, which will be too much for the tank, imo.

Creating a home for your O may be accepted as a good idea, but your O may not even show interrest.
Apongetons may be left alone, but bored oscars could thrash those as well.
The rest sounds cool!

Keep us updated!

edit:the silver Prochli's should be kept on a vegetarian diet, which is gonna be impossible when keeping an Oscar... :unsure:
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shadowangels27 replied the topic: Good community tank for an Oscar?

Any other schooling fish?

I read the tankmates forum on here and it said Pictus Catfish, but AqAdvisor said those might become oscar fishy food. :/

I was wanting a bottom dweller. :/ I'm not sure what to go with.
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The Penn Plax cascade filters 315 GPH
The Eheim 2217 264 GPH.
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Noddy replied the topic: Good community tank for an Oscar?

I got a school of Pictusses, given to me a year ago...and they are only 2-3 inches long now.
They got there own thank, and i think it will stay that way.

Don't want to risk this;

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shadowangels27 replied the topic: Good community tank for an Oscar?

That wouldn't be good at all.

Do you know any good bottom dwellers?
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Good community tank for an Oscar?

You will have to cycle those filters 1st, & I wouldn't recommend that stock list to do it. (Fish-in or fishless, that's up to you) A 125 is not big enough for all that, & I would stick to the Oscar & 6 SD.

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tehmole replied the topic: Good community tank for an Oscar?

silver prochilodus can grow up to a foot ... tank will be overstock ~ maybe O, school of SD, some Geophagus steindachneri
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shadowangels27 replied the topic: Good community tank for an Oscar?

Well I was planning on having my Firemouth in there and I was told Geophagus and Firemouths are too smiliar to be housed together.
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