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I just signed up to be a member today. I like reading about our big fellas, seeing other peoples pictures. I have a year old plain old Oscar I got at a petco at the usual 2 inches or so. he is a joy. my granddaughter loves to feed him and doesn't tease, but last week he finally did it and landed on the floor. usually just pops up halfway if she is not fast enough dropping his shrimps in for him. fortunately he seems fine, I got him up and back in quick, the water is pristine and I gave him a good dose of stress coat. he was up to his usual antics within ten minutes. I say "he" of course have no idea. his name is "the professor" because he is so smart. has anyone else had a similar experience? He is in a 40 gallon tank, I promised him a nicer one for Christmas this year. I knew he would outgrow this one fairly soon but didn't quite realize how quickly they reach a good size. I'm planning to get a 60 or 75 gallon for his forever home. Is that adequate for him to be comfortable?
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:hello. just wanted to say hi

Good for you with getting him a bigger tank soon. A lot of people don't realize how quick they grow, even though they are told, it's just something you need to see for the mind to grasp. With the tank he is in now you should be doing lots of big water changes, such as 50% a few times a week. A good liquid test kit will tell you how much more you may need to change. With his mad dive to the floor it wouldn't hurt to do an extra water change or 2 this week. If he is in fact in good health it won't hurt him much other than some ugly marks for a few days. That's of course if nothing internal got injured which doesn't sound like it. What is your filtration? And do you test your water with a kit?

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: hello. just wanted to say hi

75 would be better.......as long as he's the sole occupant.

40 gallons is indeed far too small....how often do you perform partial water changes?

What type(s) of filtration do you have, brand name & type, please?

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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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kyates replied the topic: Re:hello. just wanted to say hi

Thanx for the quick reply. Before I got the Professor, I had recently lost a 6 yr old African cichlid, Nigel. I always end up with a loner fish in solitary confinement! HaHa. Nigel pecked at his tankmates so I got him his own pad. I was mad about water testing with the little testubes and droppers, comparing colors for a good while but I am happy to admit that I usually have good luck housing just one fellow with weekly 25-30% water changes. I am compulsive about vacuuming gravel, especially with the messy Oscar. he eats the shrimps and "gumdrops" neatly but I like to give him the Hikari Gold pellets and he makes a big old mess with that. Also seems to leave cricket leavings when we give him live crickets.So I havent even done any water checks. I overly filtrate, I believe, at least per manufacturer recommendations. I use a siphon type tetra filter rated for 75 gallons. When I was testing I tended to go at it a bit aggressively and found myself overly correcting things and sometimes creating a problem where none existed. I want to learn more about the hobby. I love my fish and as I said, have been quite lucky I believe. I think, as I see mentioned in many of the members posts, that clean water is preventative as well as curative in many situations. Ive been an RN for 35 years and find that over treating many things seems counterproductive. Simple is best...but a bit more education would also serve me well too! I feel a bit overwhelmed and don't discuss my aquarium much because I feel like I cant really keep up with an educated discussion...{my face is red now...}
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the filter is a whisper, I believe they are now called the tetra filters as they are the brand of cartridges I use. Its old and Ive replaced impellers several times but I have the best luck with it. It was for up to a 60-75 gallon as I recall. I was using undergravel filtration for my African cichlid but when he passed away and I recycled his home for my then baby Oscar I dug out this old filter.It hadn't been used much prior to that. What would be a good recommendation for when I get his bigger aquarium?
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:hello. just wanted to say hi

For the bigger tank you want a good sized canister like fx5 or a couple aquaclear 110 with lots of bio media. If your oscar is a year old in a 40 gallon with only 25-30% water changes a week , you should start testing again. I'm sure the nitrates in your water will be off the chart. Does your O have HITH developing? As you said some things can be over done and should be kept simple. One thing that can't be over done, is giving large cichlids clean water. Your O will appreciate more and larger water changes. With that little of water being changed in such a small tank I'm afraid your water has no choice but to be toxic right now.

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
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tehmole replied the topic: Re:hello. just wanted to say hi

i do agree with doing more frequent water changes as the filter can not keep up with your O's discretion's. glad to hear you're upgrading the tank ~ a 75Gal will be perfect for 'the professor' accompanied with a canister (FX5, Rena Filstar xp4 + a HOB 110).

And welcome to OFL ~ please post some pictures as we all would like to meet you + the professor.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:hello. just wanted to say hi

A 60 gal would be fine if the front to back dimensions are 18". So basically a having a footprint of 48"x18" (lengthxwidth).
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kyates replied the topic: hello. just wanted to say hi

Thank you both! I think I found the right site to get some help without being made to feel foolish. You know, his water is so clear and he is colorful and active and healthy but I have had aquariums take a big dump before. No turning back. Likely what happened to my Nigel as I had given up on the testing and such. I think The Professor may get his xmas gift early, and I will do some research into the filtrations you have suggested. Im not a rich old gal but comforable enough to properly take care of my pets. For sure going to get a testkit straight away. I'll post with the results. I know you won't be surprised. Thanks again! Kathy and the Professor
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tehmole replied the topic: hello. just wanted to say hi

hey kathy we're a bunch of old chaps enjoying this hobby ...

water can be clear as day but reading can be off the charts....
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