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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Oscar, in Bare Bottom Tank

You will have to do daily partial WC's in that 30GL as that is far too small for an Oscar of any size. Also, unless you can absolutely guarantee laboratory conditions & have 100% sterility, I cannot recommend feeding live aquatic anything to Oscars or any cichlids for that matter; the risk of introducing parasites/pathogens is too great.

You will not be able to keep anything besides an Oscar in that 55GL tank; that is bare minimum for a cichlid that grows to the size of & puts out dissolved metabolites @ the rate an Oscar does.

The best fish for keeping tanks clean is a species known as Yousiphonus Gravelcleanicus. Does a marvelous job of keeping the water pristine:


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Rocksor replied the topic: Oscar, in Bare Bottom Tank

once you start feeding fish, it will be hard to get smaller fish in with an oscar if you ever decide to go with a big tank.
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bassetman replied the topic: Oscar, in Bare Bottom Tank

Bare bottom tanks are easier to clean, but they will always looks a bit dirty, because you can see everything.. I keep most tanks bare bottom with scattered rocks and plants.

There are snacks for your Oscar that are much better than fish, unless you gut load the guppies with good food and Boyd's vitachem. I use chopped shrimp or cod for fishy snacks....all soaked in vitachem. Do not use tiger shrimp, they interfere with the ability of the fish to take up nutrients from its food.


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"Bare bottom tanks are easier to clean, but they will always looks a bit dirty, because you can see everything"....

Unless they are my tanks......I do every other day WC's, so my tanks are pristine. B)

What is the deal w/ tiger shrimp & why is that? Are these the same ones you buy in a seafood case @ the supermarket?

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bassetman replied the topic: Oscar, in Bare Bottom Tank

The tigers have an enzyme that blocks the uptake of certain nutrients. They are sold as , Tiger prawns or shrimp or as giant shrimp.....if the shrimp has clear striping marks and is large avoid it. On principle just to be sure I will not get any shrimp over three inches.

The problem with always seeing something is the darn fish will not stop pooping for a minute. I vac the big tanks every day but as soon as you finish the fish defile my clean tanks. ;)


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Rocksor replied the topic: Oscar, in Bare Bottom Tank

tiger shrimp have thiaminase, which prevent fish from processing vitamin B. Too much of this cause nervous system damage and other issues.
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bassetman replied the topic: Oscar, in Bare Bottom Tank

That's the one I was thinking of.


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cebosound replied the topic: Oscar, in Bare Bottom Tank

nothin wrong with barebottom. but they don't like the shine/reflection. helps if you have something on bottom, or the outside (bottom) painted black.

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Popss replied the topic: Oscar, in Bare Bottom Tank

Unless they are my tanks......I do every other day WC's, so my tanks are pristine.

Thanks Darth! now i do not feel so anal about my WC,s!! I hate poopies!!!!
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Fish Lady replied the topic: Oscar, in Bare Bottom Tank

I have my 55 gallon up and running. I will let it run for a week, and then will put in
a few cycled sponges in and 2 cycled filter cartridges in the new filters, and Dylan should be fine.

I did the same thing when he was put into the 30 gallon and I didn't have any problems. I figure after a month or so I should be able to remove the sponge filters from the bottom of the tank.

I'm sure he will be one happy fish to get into a larger tank.

I also want to put a few more decorations in before I put him in.
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