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JohnthePiper replied the topic: new to OFL and new to oscars

Might as well, unless you have another tank to put them in. I enjoyed my Serpae Tetras when I had them. Assholish little fish, but entertaining when schooling. The good news is, now that you're going to put the O's in a bigger tank, you'll already have a cycled 50 to put more fish in!
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muddybear replied the topic: new to OFL and new to oscars

Ok-first thing: A quick bit of research reveals that Seachem Stability is not a dechlorinator! It is a product designed to "speed up" the cycling process-pointless IMO.
You NEED to get a product such as Prime or Safe (exactly the same thing but in powder form-much cheaper-I use this) before you change your water and in your current situation with ammonia present in your tank that means TODAY!
You add either of these products to your tank before refilling-dose to tank capacity:drain tank-add dechlorinator-refill tank. Be sure to closely match your tank's water temperature. What are you using to carry out water changes? I would advocate the use of a Python water changer (or similar), makes life a whole lot easier than buckets!

With reference to canister filters-a good low cost canister is the sun sun 304b ($85 on amazon), it is also sold under the names of aquatop and all pond solutions (here in the UK).
This canister has a good capacity for biological media and a high flow rate. You would have to reduce the flow somewhat for your current tank but the same filter would serve you well on a 125. I currently run one on my 75. I would recommend getting a couple of boxes of Fluval biomax to add to (or replace) the rubber bioballs that come with the filter.

When you get your new filter I would suggest running it alongside your existing filter for several weeks or you could transplant your existing media to it.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: new to OFL and new to oscars

Quality dechlorinators react instantly. Drain tank, add Prime, refill. No wait time needed. Use the recommended amount for your entire tank volume, not just new water. Stability is junk, doesnt work. There are many folks that claim Tetra Safe Start aids in bacteria cultivation. I havent tried it myself, so I wont claim its useless. I have tried Stability, I can vouch for its ineffectiveness. When in doubt on anything, change the water. There is no force as beneficial as clean water for a cichlid aquarium.


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Skywalkstr95 replied the topic: new to OFL and new to oscars

Ive been doing water changes regularly and theyre looking alot healthier ill post a video tomorrow, i jus got a led light is there anything i should know about that? anytime i walk near the tank the oscars goo up begging for food, icant wait for these guys to get big is there anyway i can tell gender?
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muddybear replied the topic: new to OFL and new to oscars

Good to know you've got the water changes going, I'm assuming you bought some prime/safe or other dechlorinator?

Are you keeping a close eye on your water parameters using a liquid test kit?

Did you manage to get a large canister filter?

Every detail you post helps us to help you. Looking forward to the video.
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Skywalkstr95 replied the topic: new to OFL and new to oscars

yeah ive had prime since i first got the 20 gallon tank while agoo

i havent received my test kit yet but itll be here soon im taking my water to get tested again when i go into town tomorrow

imgetting the large canister filter this week what are your suggestions on those for a 55 gal for right now

is there anything i should know about using a light? i have a current orbit marine led light
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Skywalkstr95 replied the topic: new to OFL and new to oscars

how do i post a video
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muddybear replied the topic: new to OFL and new to oscars

If you're on a budget then I'd go for the large sunsun-i think it's called 304b or the aquatop equivalent (same filter just branded differently). You can adjust the flow rate so that it is not too strong for your 55 and then you can move it over to your upgraded tank when it arrives.

Others may have different suggestions for you-I've had this filter running for 9 months, no complaints.

As for lights-I've learned that Oscars don't need much if any-so minimal is best. Keep it dim and only use if you need to. Remember, the light is not for the fish's benefit.

Video-youtube and post a link?
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Skywalkstr95 replied the topic: new to OFL and new to oscars

Thank you for all your help sorry about the bad quality recording ill get a better one sooon haha but look at how excited they get when i come to the tank


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