Size of tank for new tank mates

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Hi, I just upgraded to a 150G tank and read that Silver Dollars make great tank mates with Oscars. I have 2 Oscars both are about 10-11 months old, one is 7-8 inches and the other is 5-6 inches. I've had the Pleco for 7 months and it is 9-10 inches right now.

My question is do I have enough available gallons to get 4-5 Silver Dollars to help with all the mess all 3 of mine currently make?

PS: My 2 Oscars aren't getting along right now and if the violence escalates I'll be returning one to the Pet Store I got him from.

Thanks for any advice!!
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Size of tank for new tank mates

Hello and welcome to the site. Your tank is currently full. Should you return one Oscar, then some SD would be fine. SD need a minimum 5 group, with 7-8 being more ideal. What are the dimensions of your 150? Footprint plays a big role in stocking options


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Thanks, I was thinking that since I always heard each Oscar needs 50G minimum and I imagined that same with the Pleco. The dimensions are 2 feet wide, 4 feet long and 30 inches tall.
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Well, that is very restrictive with a 4ft length. May be contributing to the Oscars aggression. To be honest, I cannot recommend SD, just not enough lateral swim space. Perhaps just 1 Oscar and the pleco. Volume is decent, footprint is not. If you had a 6ft long tank of equal volume, options would be far greater


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Thank you! I was thinking that would be the case. They were all in a 55G just 2 weeks ago, so I was surprised there was so much aggression right away. I figured out how to ad photos so here they are. I need to get a filter big enough for the tank still, do you have any advice on type and size? They are SUPER messy!! :laugh:

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Size of tank for new tank mates

For 150g I would recommend a quality efficient canister and a pair of hob filters. Look into an Eheim Classic model 2217 or an API Filstar XPXL for canister. That will be your primary bio filter. For mechanical a pair of Aquaclear 110 hang on backs. Use no carbon in any filter. I would also remove some of that deco, its taking up valuable swimspace. Keep the water clean(large frequent water changes) and feed quality diet and you should have some healthy fish. What is on there for a filter now? I think I see one small hob in the left corner? Aquatech perhaps? Need more... tomorrow,lol!


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Yes, it is NOT big enough!! I've been cleaning and replacing water daily to try and combat. I need to wait til payday. They are some hardy and forgiving fish, I'm glad you helped me. They are happy now and adding more fish could have ruined it. Thank you :-)
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I'm not to much help... But love your tank!

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