Cycling with an Oscar HELP!

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:( Help, my dad brought home an Oscar (baby) while my tank literally just started its cycle with a bunch of tiger barbs in there. I know Oscar's are hardy and can probably live through the cycle, but I am worried for his long term health because I want to watch my Oscar grow for the next 10 years and bond with him. Worried if hes going to get hurt during the cycle? If he makes it, is he going to be a good companion for MANY YEARS without any lasting effects from sitting through a cycle?
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Baby Oscars are very sensitive to toxins in the water and exposing them to such will cause chronic problems in the future. Very possible the fish will only live half as long as expected. Keeping any cichlid in an uncycled tank. or cycling with cichlids in is never a good path. 2 options for you. One is to return the Oscar, wait until you have a complete cycle. The other is to test and change water every day, to protect the fish from toxins. Dosing with a quality conditioner at each change will neutralize ammonia. Salting the water will protect from nitrite, if you have any yet.


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I am afraid Dave is quite right, Oscars are not suitable fish to use for cycling an aquarium because of what he says, any prolonged exposure to toxins can increase the possibility of illness in the future. Is it possible that you could take the fish back and ask them to look after it until your tank is ready?

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My dad is gonna be mad I returned the fish :\ but it wasn't right he brought it home without me knowing. I wasn't ready, he used to be into the hobbies and hes being quite impatient about it.
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What stage is the tank at for cycle? You have a test kit? Not strips, a liquid kit


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I think you've done the right thing, very sensible. With all due respect your dad, he really should have consulted you before bringing home a fish. After all, you wouldn't bring home a puppy without talking to the family first.

The problem is that people don't tend to put fish in the same category as dogs and cats. However, in some aspects aquatic species do actually need more care than a dog or cat to keep them healthy. This quite a lot more to go wrong with a fish so giving them a healthy environment to live in is extremely important.

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I havent done anything yet OFL, but I am in work and I', planning to do something when I get home. The guy at the fish store said you;ll probably be okay. I wanna do this right, and now he has me jumped right into it....What do I do?
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7.2 ph, .1 amonnia, and nitrate is just startting to come in.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Cycling with an Oscar HELP!

Fish store guy doesnt want to lose a sale. We here on the other hand have only our members enjoyment of the hobby to be concerned with. When you have zero ammonia AND nitrite, keeping in mind that nitrite is very harmful, even in small amounts, only then are you safe for a baby Oscar. We will never steer you wrong, nor give any false info. Ultimately its your decision, but no cycle equals no Oscar. On the positive side, your readings indicate you may be very close to ready. Perhaps as soon as another week.


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danperagine replied the topic: Cycling with an Oscar HELP!

good news, all my levels seemed normal yesterday during my tests!
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