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I have a 55 gallon which I know is too small but hes only 4 inchs long right now.His tank mates are a pleco only 3 inch and a blue catfish about 4 inch and 2 1 inch crawfish. But he's been losing scales consistently everyday but not really losing his fins. Some help on if its disease or something else would be greatly appreciated.
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Water parameters are nitrate 0-20 nitrite 0 hardness is in between 75 and 150 alkalinity is 300+ ph is also 8.4+ I'm using test strips which I also know isn't the best but my pet store is an hour away. The filter is also a top fin 60 it came with the tank should I upgrade and what should i get.
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Your nocturnal bottom dwellers could be taking shots at Oscar while he is trying to sleep. I would keep Oscar by himself, rehome all others. Tank and filter are too small for that many fish. As Oscar grows and bioload increases the need for far more filtration becomes critical. Get a quality canister. Look into Eheim 2217 or API Filstar xpl, or Fluval 406. If canister is not doable, then an Aquaclear 110 hob. Oscar will need a bigger tank in a max of 1 year, may as well get the necessary filtration now


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Jeah that would make sense. I'll definitely try those filters out thanks and I'm starting to realize it's fungas growing over his missing scales so I was going to buy tetra lifeguard is that a good product. Also do i have to rehome pleco, I just like watching him and I don't mind moving the random catfish.
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Just realize that a pleco is a huge contributor to bioload and decaying water quality. Even a small one. If you change enough water to keep nitrate close to 10, then Oscar and pleco usually make good tankmates. With just Oscar and pleco in 55 I would still recommend you change 75% tank volume twice a week. You need very clean water for any med to have a positive effect. I am not familiar with the Lifeguard, but Jungle Fungus Cure will work. Contains a bit of Methlene Blue, water will stain slightly blue, no harm.


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Okay so I wanted it to be a cichlid tank, if that's the case I should move pleco out? With oscar still in there what else do you think would be a good fit. Sorry I'm new to aqariums and I just don't want to buy fish for them to die yanno. Also I usually have been doing at least 40 percent once a week. What should I do once I've hit the 4 day mark it says do a 50 percent do you agree.
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You have to be aware that when your Oscar reaches or slightly exceeds 8ins, the 55 is then too small for him. Plecos do go well with most cichlids, its the size of the fish, some plecos reach 16-20ins easily, that makes them unsuitable for small to medium sized tanks. If your 55 will be too small for Oscar by October, there is little point in asking about adding other cichlids. You have neither the room, nor would Oscar likely accept other cichlids. For Oscar, another cichlid or two, and a pleco of average size you need to have a 6ft tank of over 150 gals. For water changes, its quite easy to do too little. Your 40% weekly is borderline enough at the moment imo. You cant do too much for a cichlid tank. Once you are doing a water change, why limit to 40 or 50%? Take it way down, leave enough for the fish to stay submerged. All my tanks, quite a bit bigger than 55 get 75% water changes 7-8 times a month. Nothing but benefit for the fish. The cleaner the water the better the fish will do.


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