Oscars in 55 gal

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Hey all! First of I want to say thanks for all the help so far! Second our 55 gal tank has been cycled for a few days now (waited to make sure I wasn't getting wrong readings). So we moved our oscars into it. And they went straight to swimming around! No sulking (which makes me very happy). Video coming shortly
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https://vimeo.com/119652905


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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Oscars in 55 gal

The timetable for a 200GL tank is March?

THOSE WHO REFUSE KNOWLEDGE ARE DOOMED TO FAIL.

WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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robham7770 replied the topic: Oscars in 55 gal

Debow, good job on getting the 55 set up, and I really like the fact that you can see it from both sides. I like the decor, but in my opinion, you need to ditch the rock work for an oscar set up. One, it is taking up a huge amount of water volume, and two as they get bigger it will be a health hazard for them(cuts and scratches). Also you have a pretty thick layer of gravel, which will just trap debris and end up being an ammonia factory and make it hard to maintain water quality. Also if there is aggression between those fish now, it will most likely get worse sooner than later. Even if you get a 200g there is no guarantee that you can keep both those fish in it. It is your tank and fish, but I think you would be best served by re homing the JD, and one of the oscars. It may take you a lot longer than you think to upgrade to the big tank, and by then you may only have one fish left in the 55. Give yourself a little more time to get set up, nobody likes to re home a fish, but it is preferable to pulling a dead one out of your tank.
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Debow replied the topic: Re:Oscars in 55 gal

Darth: the timing is to get the 200 gal going by end of March (as soon as we are in our home ).

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The rock bed is only 1 inch thick and I vacuum it everyday between WC. I also do 50% WC 2 times a week (or every 3 days). Yes we do think rehoming is the route we will take if aggression gets worse or if timetable gets messed up. We are really hoping it will all work out but we are prepared to face rehoming if we need too.

So my hubby lives that rock set up (he did it all) . How long could we leave it before Os may have problems because of it?




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robham7770 replied the topic: Re:Oscars in 55 gal

1"is overkill, and the rock set up is very nice. It is just not the right setup for the fish you have. If you you get a tank suitable for the two oscars, then that would be a very nice for Africans. As it stands my opinion is that it is a very attractive tank, but not set up correctly for oscars or other SA fish. I think the rock is not an immediate issue, but should be addressed if you can't get a bigger tank very soon. With what you have, I would remove half the rock, since juvie oscars like to hide, and you want the comfortable. I might leave some of it.
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toom replied the topic: Oscars in 55 gal

Better change your hardscape from Rock to driftwood. Propper prepared it gives much more ground and hiding space.

For substrate, i tryied nearly anything possible over the years and my best exps are an heavy and medium grained sand between 0.7 to 1.2mm in 1.5 to 2.5 cm in hight. With an propper current pump and an laminar flow in the lower 1/3 of the tank results in an tank that stays always clean on the ground.

I also don't recommend Pool filter sand, it is maybe cheap and looks good but they are not pH neutral and can Lift up an middle 7 pH to an lower 8. This do not get for all PFS but because its not important to its use the manufacurer do not print this on the packing also you can have changing qualitys from bab to bag if the wholeseller switch his supplier.

I gravel vac maybe any 2 months and that only because i want to clean the regions around the driftwood where a little bit of gunk sattles in current dead areas. The rest gets collected in an strong mechanical Filter.
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UNC-CH replied the topic: Oscars in 55 gal

Hey Debow - the video looks good.

Your gravel is about the same depth mine used to be. Anytime it's above the rim like that, it's pretty deep. I recently removed a lot of my substrate. I took out around 35 pounds of gravel ... still too much in the tank though. I'd like to get it close to like Jack and Frank have theirs ... just enough gravel to cover the bottom. The thickest I'd want it would be 1/2". It just traps too much debris and makes it impossible to vac. Also, the sooner you get rid of some of the gravel, the better. Scooping it out really clouded up my water, which is why I stopped when I did. I used a plastic dust pan with small holes drilled in it to scoop it out.

My oscar will end up hurting himself on anything sharp like rocks. He recently scraped his underbelly behind the pectoral fins on the plastic pipe that sticks out of the sponge filter. I'd plan to remove the rocks as they get older, but they're probably ok for now. I agree that driftwood would make a better option. I'd put in smooth river rocks.

Did you find a Marineland or Aqueon dealer near you?
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Bri B replied the topic: Re:Oscars in 55 gal

Definitely much less gravel and those rocks are definitely a hazard. They could do serious damage to themselves on those edges. They have random spazz outs where they will just dart around the tank and those rocks are like knives. They look very nice but need to go. Good job getting them into a larger tank and good luck getting the 200
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Poseidon2.0 replied the topic: Oscars in 55 gal

toom wrote: I also don't recommend Pool filter sand, it is maybe cheap and looks good but they are not pH neutral and can Lift up an middle 7 pH to an lower 8.


Silca sand is neutral and won't affect Ph levels.
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