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are just laying around the bottom of the tank on there sides, is this normal? :dry: I recently purchased 6 of them. 3 being albino fish and 3 tiger oscars. The temp of the water is at 78 degrees and the light is usually off all day, i heard also they like it dark.. please help!!!!!
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Okay, six adult Oscars will require just over 300 gallons. That is a tank measuring 8' x 30" x 30". If you haven't got a tank near this size, you cannot possibly keep all those fish healthy. Your situation doesn't sound too good. How big an old the Oscars? Did you cycle the tank before putting the Oscars in? Have you done some water tests for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate and also check your pH level? These questions are vitally important so please supply me with some accurate answers. Unfortunately, I can't help unless I know the answers to these questions

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Oscars do like to lay around and my two do this often enough. They go to the bottom of the tank, find a cozy spot and lay at about a 45 degree angle like this looks > /

Mine too are more apt to doing this when the light is off etc. It's normal behavior for the most part. They should perk up for feeding time or when the light is on and if they do I wouldn't be concerned. However if your Oscars lay like this> _
Then you had better worry a something is wrong.

Like it was mentioned in the previous post, you had better have one heck of a big aquarium for all those Oscars. Otherwise you will only compromise their health and growth severely. Welcome to the forum by the way!

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okay there are 6 small ( i would say the size of quarters) oscars in the tank, i took a water sample to the pet store today and they said everything was good but the acid? was kind of high but that could be cause it is a new setup so that was fine the temp is at 78 and yes i cycled and tested the water in the tank before i added them, is there anything i missed?
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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:my oscars will not move they

Quarters?? That is very very young babies there. Where did you get them and what are you feeding them?

I for one would like to know what size aquarium you have them in currently and what you near future plans are if you need to upgrade?

Acid? They can handle acidic conditions but you still need to know what that level is. Did the pet store tell you the reading?? You really need to get a test kit and understand those readings for yourself though.

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well there is a pet shop here locally and they sell them in small, medium and large and the ones i bought were like small to medium the medium ones are like maybe 3 to 4 inches long and the tank is 55 gallons um, well the petstore showed me the readings and it was by color, then they compared the color to a chart and everything was normal to what they told me and what i seen. The pet store specializes in fish.
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oh yeah and they gave me "baby pellets" to feed them its oscar food and yeah i plan to seperate them into another 55 gallon tank
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garciacelina replied the topic: Re:my oscars will not move they

okay i was wrong my oscars are about 2 inches long
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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:my oscars will not move they

Well, the Pet Store you went to may be specializing in "Selling" Fish but they certainly don't specialize in recommending proper care for the fish. NO WAY can you even think about keeping 6 Oscars in a 55, (or two for that matter.) I think it would be almost cruel to keep one in that size aquarium, considering these fish are apt to grow to 12-14" long and would struggle to even turn around in a 55 that is only 12" wide. If you keep them, you will almost kill them, may lose many and the ones who live will be severely stunted or worse.

My suggestion? Pick one that you take a fancy to and return the other five to the store. A quarter sized Oscar is more like an infant while the others you called medium are really still very much juveniles at 3-4". Besides, these fish will grow so fast your head will spin. (You still didn't tell me what you are currently feeding these infants either?)

Unless you are seriously planning to upgrade to an aquarium of a few hundred gallons, or fill your home with multiple very large aquariums you probably have more problems on your hands then you realize. Keep us posted of your adventure with them.

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I would be interested to know whether or not they knew you had a 55 gallon tank?

I totally agree with JJ, get yourself some test kits so you can test the water any time. Did you cycle the tank before putting the fish in?

Okay, there isn't really an easy way to say this but you have far too many fish for your tank.

You said you were going to separate them and put three in another 55 gallon. That means you would have three fish in each 55 gallon tank. Three Oscars and 55 gallon tank will not work. Those Oscars will grow quickly. Within a year they will be seven or 8 inches, maybe slightly bigger. However, I would not be surprised if they were all stunted if you do keep them in the conditions you are talking about.

If you are going to get another 55 gallon tank, I would strongly advise you to take four Oscars back to the shop. How big did you say your Oscars were, 4 inches? If you only have two Oscars, You've probably got about two months before you would absolutely need the new tank.

Please please understand that your plans will not work. All you will do is put your fishes health at risk.

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