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Hello everyone my name is Joe, i am new to this site. I look forward to communicating with you guys on topics that might come about with my two new Oscars. There is so much information on this site, that i wish i would have read before I went to the pet store,lol. Come to find out i didn't do too bad after all. I would have gone with a 75 gallon or 100, but I started with the 55 gallon thinking it would be enough. So it looks like i will be needing a new tank in awhile:-)All in all though my little guys are doing very well, the tiger is about 3.5 inches and the pink oscar is about 2.5''. Well just wanted to introduce myslef, Take care.

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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:Hello everyone

Welcome aboard! Always glad to see new members here...:)

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Need to give away one healthy 1 year old Oscar if you know of anyone interested. See the adoption thread for photos. Thanks!
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jabdo07 replied the topic: Re:Hello everyone

Thank you, I really want my oscars to have a good life. I realized my education on their care is the only way to assure that:-)

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plan to upgrade to a 100 gallon in 6 months
Open to many suggestions on filtration,tank, general care...
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jabdo07 replied the topic: Re:Hello everyone

Does anyone know how long My 55 gallon will workout for housing my 2 oscars, again 1 is about 3.5'' and the other 2.5. I didn't get informed until I had already purchased my tank. but I do plan on getting a 125, but would like to keep the 55 as long as possible. thanks -joe

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1 albino(pink)
plan to upgrade to a 100 gallon in 6 months
Open to many suggestions on filtration,tank, general care...
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Welcome to the site Joe. You should start thinking about getting a new tank now. To cycle it properly, will take around five or six weeks. However, if your tank is cycled at the moment, you can use some of the existing media that will really help cut the time down. Oscars grow quickly, and I mean quickly. At the moment, I have got seven that I am hoping to get a pair out of. They have more than doubled in size in just six weeks.

You may think that I'm exaggerating, I'm honestly not. If you are feeding your Oscar properly, they will be getting bigger and bigger, literally as you're looking at them. Gaining at least an inch a month at the beginning of their lives. And that's not just an inch in length, that is body mass increasing as well.

Good luck and feel free to join in any conversation. It is completely open on this forum

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jabdo07 replied the topic: Re:Hello everyone

thank you for the welcome, and information. i still have a lot to learn, I purchased an exterior pump and made a mistake by rinsing my media with tap water. Now i have some cloudiness in the water, but when i test it the levels are normal. I really don't know what i should do to try and get the water clear. Please any help on how to get the water clear would be great;) ;)

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plan to upgrade to a 100 gallon in 6 months
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pooky_84 replied the topic: Re:Hello everyone

Hey. I'm still very new to Oscars myself, so I don't think I'll be too much help! sorry.:blush: But welcome to the site. I have only been on here for a few weeks, but this is really the most helpful and consistent site I have been on. Please post many pics, we really enjoy them. Your dog is so cute too. I have two myself, Jackrussell x and blue heeler x. :P


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thank you for the welcome, and information. i still have a lot to learn, I purchased an exterior pump and made a mistake by rinsing my media with tap water. Now i have some cloudiness in the water, but when i test it the levels are normal. I really don't know what i should do to try and get the water clear. Please any help on how to get the water clear would be great;) ;)



Joe, I myself just went through a similar situation when I did a massive water change a few weeks ago and had my filter unplugged for 10-15 minutes too I think I upset the tank as I thoroughly vacuumed alot of the gravel and then I removed alot of it too to go into another new tank. Since I have been fighting a bacterial breakout in the water causing it to be cloudy. For starters, please see the article to the right entitled "Help, My Waters gone cloudy" as that gives some good pointers. I myself was frustrated over this because even doing twice weekly water changes would not really rid it and the cloudiness kept creeping back rather quickly. I finally went and purchased an aquarium approved flocculant (water clarifier) and dosed the tank but only left it in there for 3 hours or so as It turns the water violet in color. Then I did a 50% water change and I seem to now be winning the battle. They say that overfeeding your fish also feed the bacterial outbreak but know I am not overfeeding now because I only feed what the fish immedietely eat. I have also read that good water flow or the addition of an airstone helps to clear the water but I myself have gotten away from airstones and noisy pesky air pumps too. I have great water flow that is oxygenated well via the bio wheel. Keep testing daily as you may have washed away the good bacteria from your filter and are experiencing what is known as a mini-cycle. Keep doing water changes to keep dangerous levels of toxins under control too. I myself am 85-90% better now then my tank was just days ago and the condition had lasted about two weeks. In my case, I honestly think the flocculant made a difference as the next water change done 3 hours later made a marked improvement.

In your case if you upset your biological filter (which you probably did) then your tank will indeed recycle or mini-cycle and the flocculant may not be quite so successful. It will need to run its course. Just protect your fish, monitor conditions and keep the water changed as necessary until your filter gets re-established correctly. Good luck and keep us posted.....

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Need to give away one healthy 1 year old Oscar if you know of anyone interested. See the adoption thread for photos. Thanks!
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I don't really need to add any more, enough has been said. However, there is one very interesting point which people often get confused about. When your water goes cloudy, nine times out of 10, this is caused by free swimming bacteria that have multiplied so much, they cloud the water. You must remember that this bacteria that is making your water cloudy is not the same bacteria that is in your filters. For this reason, an established aquarium can sometimes develop cloudy water. This is when people get confused, they test the water and they can find nothing wrong, yet the water is still cloudy. If you overfeed, or if you overstock, occasionally these free swimming bacteria will multiply. But you will still have a perfectly good biological filter.

So, if your water goes cloudy and there is no ammonia, nitrite present, don't panic. Maybe stop feeding for a couple of days, or don't feed so much. Maybe do a couple of extra water changes and the cloudiness should disappear.

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There isn't really much I need to add, enough has been said. However, I will just had a couple of points. Many people experience cloudy tanks. It is very easy to panic when this happens. However, it isn't always as bad as you may think. Nine times out of 10, the cloudy water is caused by bacteria that has multiplied many many times over.

It is also worth mentioning that the bacteria that makes your water cloudy is a different kind to what you get in your biological filter. Even an established aquarium can develop cloudy water. This can be if somebody over feeds, disturbs gravel releasing lots of nutrients in the water, or just plain overstocking of the tank. When this happens, this free swimming bacteria has lots of food and this is when they multiply.

People get really confused in these situations because they can't find anything wrong with the water. In these cases, the best thing you can do is maybe do a couple of extra water changes, remove any fish that may be too much for the tank and cut back on your feeding regime. The cloudiness should dissipate then.

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