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Lammergeier replied the topic: My test results on 1/26/15

It means your nitrates were 40ppm before the water change which is not good at all. You need to do another 50% water change (today) to get them to 10ppm, then start changing water more often, or more each time.

Small oscars aren't as tolerant of bad water conditions as bigger oscars. Even if you do eventually get them into a bigger tank they might still end up with health issues later from the treatment you are giving them now (high nitrates, too small a tank etc).
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Oscar2015 replied the topic: My test results on 1/26/15

Ok so if I was to take back the Red Oscar on Friday would that be better???

and I am going to do another water change before I go to bed
then in the am test again to see if levels went down
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Oscar2015 replied the topic: My test results on 1/26/15

I just tested again and the test results were 10PPM Nitrate :)
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Lammergeier replied the topic: My test results on 1/26/15

Yes, it would be much better.
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Oscar2015 replied the topic: My test results on 1/26/15

I can't wait to see Olaf grow up

I may just take the Red Oscar back on Friday tell them he's too aggressive
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UNC-CH replied the topic: My test results on 1/26/15

Experts would agree that nitrates should be kept under 20ppm, some would say under 10ppm or even 5ppm. So if you're reading 20ppm after a water change then you'll need to change out more water to get the nitrates lower. If you take the red oscar back then you would only be dealing with half the waste. That waste turns into nitrate ... the more waste the more nitrate you have to remove with water changes. It would also free up enough space for your other oscar. 55 gallons is the minimum size for one oscar, and you could keep your oscar in that 55 for some time. With 2 oscars, soon you'll have to get a 125 which is expensive and there's no guarantee they'll get along when they get older. I strongly recommend your keeping just the lutino oscar.
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Oscar2015 replied the topic: My test results on 1/26/15

I really do appropriate for your guy's help with my Oscars
without this site I would probably have a dead Oscar or a very sick Oscar
I really like Olaf and he's the one I will keep hopefully for many happy years
can he live his life out in the 55Gal??
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ernie replied the topic: My test results on 1/26/15

You may not always like the advice you are given on this forum but believe me it is based on many many years of fishkeeping. Everyone is suggesting 1 Oscar and a bigger tank 75g + we all hope to see you succeed.
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Oscar2015 replied the topic: My test results on 1/26/15

at this time my Computer room is at it's max of fish tanks so the biggest tank I have is a 75 Gallion but it has frogs in it and they are way too big for the 55Gal so the Oscar is stuck in the 55Gal for now...
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UNC-CH replied the topic: My test results on 1/26/15

Yes. But 55 is the absolute minimum size tank for an oscar. 75 is also considered 'minimum'. Another way of looking at it is 55 will work but 75 is better. I started my oscar in a 55 and moved him into a 75 after about 6 months. The good news is 75 gallon tanks are not much more expensive than 55s and also have the same 4 ft. long footprint. The difference is they are 18" front to back instead of 11.5". Oscars can easily grow to 12" so turning around in a 55g can present problems for large adult oscars. You can always upgrade to a 75g in the future.
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