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Suprd71 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

Coral might disintegrate if you boil it? Just guessing at that one. When you say the impeller blew, are you sure its not the motor. Motor drives the impeller. Does the filter still make a whirring sound, like the motor is running? If blown motor, its trash, get a new one. Impeller replacement easy and not so costly, but the bio wheel dried out means start from scratch.


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abrarahamed replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

well to have a perfect decoration for oscars you can have a lot of aquatic plants it would also be good if you have drift wood,and to talk about maintaining the oscar fish tank,regularly have a check with the water parameter and make sure that your filter functions properly .
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Zax replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

The impeller is broken. I just went downstairs to really look, and it's done. Everything else looks fine. But if the bio wheels dried out, the filter is done, is that what you're saying? It's not expensive to replace the whole filter. Pet Solutions has them marked down to $40.

For the coral, some places say boil, some places say bleach, rinse, sun dry, and some say paint some aquarium silicone over it (which makes the most sense to me.) A friend said boil. The guy I bought it from said vinegar solution. I'll have to keep looking to see which one seems to be the most popular. Here are some pics of the coral and other stuff from the tank!

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Suprd71 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

Oh no, the dried out bio wheel just means that the bacteria has died off. Will just have to regenerate a new colony. Replace the impeller and all should be fine


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Suprd71 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

Looked at your pics.. I would lean towards not using most of that coral, in particular the pieces with sharp protruding edges. Oscars, being active, robust cichlids who like to rearrange their "furniture" are prone to cuts and scrapes from their activities. You also want to keep available as much swim space as possible.


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Zax replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

So, I'd be better off just getting some driftwood from the lake and river rock? I can treat the more extravagant pieces of coral and sell them I suppose.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

Your choice obviously, but thats what I would do.


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Zax replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

It sounds like a good idea. The lake is really low right now, so we can probably go and pick up some driftwood and treat it. River rock I can get from the store with some larger ones from the creek. Now, the tank came with an under gravel filter, but how would you even clean that? I know they exist, but I don't have a clue how they work.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

Never had a ug filter, but most who have suggest they dont function very well with large messy cichlids like Oscars. Sell that too?


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Zax replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

I just read up on it, and I agree. I've removed and dismantled it. I may keep it and just store it in case I eventually get into another type of fish that can use it. I've been working on the tank while posting, and I finally got it done. There's live sand and rocks all down my driveway, but at least everything is clean. I scrubbed the sides of the tank with a vinegar solution, but there's still a slight salt and calcium residue, but I'm reading that it's okay as long as you run a fish-less cycle?

Phew, even without the coral and sand, it's still very heavy, but with the aid of a random visitor looking for my dad, I got it done. I'm waiting for my dad to get home, then we'll move it into the house.
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