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UNC-CH replied the topic: Common Tiger Oscars?

Welcome to the forum. I can see the tiger oscar in your profile photo, but it's a little small. That oscar does have an interesting horizontal stripe. Can you post a picture to the forum?
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Okay, will have to figure out the pic posting thing!
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If you don't have one, you can open a photobucket account, upload a photo, copy the link, and paste it into the forum.
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Alright, figured pic thing out! Introducing Oscar and Clyde. Oscar is the Lutino....he got his name bc by the time I got a feel for his personality I was already in habit of calling him Oscar. Clyde is the reason I started this thread---tiger Oscar still getting his colors :cheer: They are happy little tankmates! I posted a couple pictures all taken within a couple minutes (sorry about photo quality)....see how quick the color changes on Clyde?! Pattern seems to disappear and reappear---I think he wasn't happy with my camera phone at the moment.





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UNC-CH replied the topic: Common Tiger Oscars?

They are cute little oscars :) The black one looks something like mine when he was that age. You'll be amazed how fast they grow and how messy they can be. In a few months, they're likely to shred those plants.
Your tank is new, right? The most important thing you need to do now is to keep a close check on ammonia and nitrite levels, until your filter biulds up enough bacteria to turn that very toxic ammonia and nitrite into less toxic nitrate. That usually takes about two months. Get the API Master Test Kit (freshwater, liquid solution, ~ $35). It's got all the tests you need and will need later on. When ammonia and/or nitrite get too high, you'll need to perform a large partial water change (50 -75%). You'll also need a water conditioner to get rid of ammonia and chloramines for the water changes. I highly recommend 'Prime' by seachem for this. Prime is great because it can also detoxify ammonia and nitrite and give you time to do a water change. To change the water, you'll need a gravel vac to syphon the water out of the tank and then refill it with a garden hose, buckets or another way. The easiest way by far is to get a water changer that screws into the faucet. You turn the water on to create a suction to create a vacuum and syphon the water from your tank into the sink, then turn a knob to reverse the flow and fill the tank back up. It's one hose for draining and filling. It makes water changes very easy. You add the Prime into the tank just before filling it back up. They make a couple different brands: aqueon is sold at the large pet stores, python can be ordered. If you keep up with the water changes, you'll have healthy, happy fish. You don't want them to get '' something worse. (See the picture of my oscar when he was about the same age.)
Then, you'll want to upgrade to a 125 gallon before too long.
That's mostly everything you need to get started. It's a lot so feel free to ask questions.

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Thanks for the info...I know the water changes won't be so easy once I move up to the next tank size. Right now I have a siphon and use a bucket. I've had the tank for close to a year....was housing a bream that a kid pulled out of the brackish water behind my house--wasn't going to do well in there once water got saltier. It did well in the tank--but it really needed to be transferred to a freshwater pond, so I found a good spot for it. That said, my tank was already broken in and I continued partial water changes with a couple algae eaters in it. The live plants have always been just average in health. The Oscars love hanging out under them, but I did start purchasing fake ones (which I used to change up tank when I introduced the newbie). I had seen on this forum that the live plants will not fare well with Oscars, lol! I did expect the smaller algae eater would eventually disappear....but it happened pretty darn quick and I'm not sure which one is the culprit--they certainly didn't seem big enough to swallow him but, apparently, I was wrong (unless that algae eater found a REALLY good hiding spot).

One thing I'm on edge about is tank temperature, which you may be able to give advice on. I haven't used a tank heater yet (doesn't get very cold in my region) and I really want to avoid it since so many things can go wrong. Until recently, my tank has been sitting between 72-74. The fish appear most comfortable at 72. The cold weather has dropped it to 70-72....is this still a comfortable temp range or should I start preparing to break out the heater if it his the 68 mark?
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Common Tiger Oscars?

You are about 10 degrees under Oscars comfort zone. They do best with 80-84. Break out the heater, but gradually brng the temp up. A degree, 2 max per day.


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Yikes, glad I mentioned that! They seem happy but no doubt their little systems won't be in tip-top shape if the temp isn't right! Thank you!
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Water too cool may also bryng a bout of ych. Dont want that. fyy.. the "eye" on my 'puter s on the frytz agayn. Y can spell better than that!


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