help with tank mates

  • olover
  • olover's Avatar Topic Author
  • Offline
  • Fresh Boarder
  • Fresh Boarder
  • Posts: 9
  • Thank you received: 0

olover created the topic: help with tank mates

right now i have two red oscars and around 6 cichlids in a 62 gallon tank. they r all about 4" in length and seem to be getting along well. any suggestions or comments???
#777

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • OFL
  • OFL's Avatar
  • Offline
  • Administrator
  • Administrator
  • Founder of OFL
  • Posts: 13312
  • Karma: 38
  • Thank you received: 415

OFL replied the topic: Re:help with tank mates

Once your fish reach adulthood, you will be overstocked to the extent that you will have water quality problems. It could even happen sooner. Your Oscars around 4 inches, by the end of the year, you can expect them to be at least seven or 8 inches if you are keeping the water in good condition and feeding them properly. I don't know what other tankmates you have got but don't add any more fish

I may not always be right, but I am always the BOSS :-)
#778

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • olover
  • olover's Avatar Topic Author
  • Offline
  • Fresh Boarder
  • Fresh Boarder
  • Posts: 9
  • Thank you received: 0

olover replied the topic: Re:help with tank mates

thanks alot i am kinda new to this stuff, what advice can u give me concerning plants in my aquarium. i was really hoping to put some plants in but i was told that oscars and cichlids love to destroy plants.
#779

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • OFL
  • OFL's Avatar
  • Offline
  • Administrator
  • Administrator
  • Founder of OFL
  • Posts: 13312
  • Karma: 38
  • Thank you received: 415

OFL replied the topic: Re:help with tank mates

You were told correct, it has been known for many Oscars to take a disliking to plants. My two large Oscars used uproot them all the time. Having said that, I don't see why every Oscar should uproot plants, some people do claim to keep plants and Oscars together okay. If you want some plants, I would put him in now whilst the Oscars are still small. Make sure you put the plants in really well so that the roots take hold. I am afraid I'm not an expert on plants so I can't really give you many names. The most successful than I have kept with Oscars was a very long reed type plant. I got these plants when I got the Oscars and it put down a fantastic root system which they just could not budge. The only problem I might have is if your tank is in darkness quite a lot. I have found that plants do well when there's lots of light, problem is, you shouldn't really keep the lights on for too long. . Unfortunately, it can be a bit hit and miss keeping plants healthy. If you are serious about plants, you may want to consider getting plant food, this may help them growMake sure you get proper plant food for aquariums. I did try, but it was too expensive for my size tank.

So, if you want plants, try and choose ones that are quite tough, don't bother with ones that break up easily, the Oscars will just rip them to pieces in no time at all, even if the roots don't come up. Java fern and Java Moss are quite tough. I did have some but they didn't fare too well because I don't think they got enough light.

I may not always be right, but I am always the BOSS :-)
#780

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

Moderators: Big-KenDRACO
Time to create page: 0.098 seconds