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Just felt like sharing some pics of Mo's growth since May last year. I purchased him in April last year when he was around 1.5 - 2 inches long, 11 months later he is roughly 8 inches in length! I love his color, soooo much orange!!











My friends were amazed at the growth rate of this guy, but mostly his color is what catches their attention. Yellow face and orange body
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Awesome photos mates, I'll use them on the website with your permission, will give people a good idea of the growth rates. Keep taking the photos

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GrumpyMo replied the topic: Mo growing up

Thanks! And yes go ahead and use them however you want, I will continue to post on his growth. I can't wait to see if he gets colors on his sides or not, even if he just remains this color I am loving my fishy friend
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Mo growing up

Thats a beautiful Oscar. I wish to share with you how to keep him that way. From your intro post, you say he is in a 55 with a pleco. You recognize and address the waste with daily small vacs, amounting to about a 25% weekly water change. Then a monthly 30%. I urge you to gradually step up the water until you are doing 75% volume twice a week. A good sized Oscar and pleco in 55g generate a huge bioload. Your small vacs are indeed removing solid waste, but you are really not lowering toxins in the tank. Your fish looks good, all seems to be just fine. Believe me its not. Managing your tank and fish as you are will lead to a very shortened life span. Oscar can live 15yrs. Yours wont make 5 like that. Start doing larger changes, while you vac. Take 10-15 gals out. Do that for a week. Then make it half volume twice a week. Do that for a week or more to slowly acclimatize the fish to cleaner water.


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GrumpyMo replied the topic: Mo growing up

Thank you for the advice, I've been debating re-homing the pleco for this reason. But I'm wondering why my parameters are just fine if I'm "not really removing the toxins"?
Ammonia = 0
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate = 5
I use the API master test kit.
Currently running a Fluval 406 and debating on adding another filter (Fluval 306) once my rescue turtle is rehomed.
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GrumpyMo replied the topic: Re:Mo growing up

I might add that the pH is roughly 6.7

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Mo growing up

There is either a fault with your test kit or you are doing the nitrate test wrong. Its biologically impossible to have a nitrate reading of 5 without doing 80% daily water changes. Nitrate is removed via water changes, and you are only doing a tiny amount. Your 2 fish would create almost 5ppm in about 2 days, maybe less. Lets say after a week you have a level of about 40, which is dangerous. Doing a 50% change takes you to 20. By the next week you may be at 60. Half again is down to 30. You are never lowering to safe levels. And currently, you are not even doing a 50% weekly. Filtration is not a substitute for water changes, but having lots of filter is a good thing. Rehoming the plec would be good for both fish.


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GrumpyMo replied the topic: Re:Mo growing up

I called my LFS and they are willing to take my pleco, I'm glad they are able to take him in because I'd hate to just give him to a stranger. I'm going to increase my water changes to 50% weekly and do 10&15 gallons with my vacuuming. I will gradually increase water changing to become 50% 2x a week. Then when he is used to that I'll increase it to 75% twice a week. I can't do anything right this moment because I'm at work, but I'll do a change when I get home tonight and I will be doing a parameter check after the water change tonight.

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Mo growing up

Good news all round! I would suggest a couple of things. Check your test kit for expiry. Also, it is critical that you shake the life out of bottle 2 of the nitrate test. Violent, bang it in your palm, off the table, for a good minute or 2. Gotta be a reason you are not registering properly. I would do a pre change test to show what you have, then a test 24hrs after to see how much improvement. Losing the plec will decrease bioload and waste. Getting into a 2x weekly routine will have nothing but benefit for your fish, and you can also vac during these changes. No need for daily vac once the crap-meister is gone. Also curious as to your Oscars diet. Whats he having, and how much/often?


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GrumpyMo replied the topic: Re:Mo growing up

I will shake the ever living daylights out of the nitrate bottle #2, the exp date is in 2020 lol so I must have not shaken it enough.

As for Mo's diet I feed him Hikari Cichlid Gold large size pellets as a staple once a day, 6 pieces. Do you think that's enough? Too much? Any more than that and it just ends up on the floor. I've tried to give him freeze dried shrimp as a treat but he refuses that every time lol.

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