Long-time Oscar Owner New here (pics!)

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Heyo guys and gals -

Been a long time aquarium keeper and have been part of a couple different forums. I have had quite a few different tanks (planted, big and small).

Going to start this on a sad note (but WAIT, IT GETS AWESOME):

I had an O named Pumba that didn't survive a move after having him for nearly 5 years. The move was too much for him. His Sailfin Pleco tank mate lived another year and a half.

Since then.... I have had a couple silver dollars in the tank..... (bleh). Recently rehomed them..... leaving me with a very very established 75g tank to start fresh with. A trip to the fish store found some very very nice looking tiger Oscars beating up on a lone albino...... I couldn't help myself. So he is now in a 75 gallon palace trying to figure out what to do........

Without further adoooooooooooooo
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The Tank (he/she is so tiny haha):


Some torn fins and some bad fuzz on his eye (he was in bad bad bad shape getting smoked by bigger oscars):





But wiggling and happy to be in an ocean of a tank after a couple of hours:



He's (I'll refer to him as he) not sulking or hiding. I've had 3 other oscars and all hid for a while when introduced to a large tank. so fingers crossed.

Thanks for having me here in the forums all!
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OFL replied the topic: Long-time Oscar Owner New here (pics!)

Beautiful looking tank, and very cute little fish. Keep us updated on the fishes growth, it would be good to get a photo at least every month to see its growth progress.

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DRACO replied the topic: Long-time Oscar Owner New here (pics!)

almost did not see your fish in there LOL!
with that swimming size, he/she will be huge in no time...
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He took a turn for the worse today :( ..... got very sulky at the bottom of the tank with very shallow gill movement. checked the tank and had some ammonia in there (!!!!!!!).

Found one of the missing silver dollars under a piece of drift wood rotting. yoiks..... not how I wanted to introduce this guy to the tank. I knew I was taking a fish that was not up to par health-wise.... didn't help his case.

That was a big oops on my part. I've done two 40% water changes in the last 8 hours, as the nitrates were sky high too.... guess my filtration is solid.

ammonia gone and nitrates are down. don't want to bugger the little guy with much more shock in water changes for now. finger crossed.
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DRACO replied the topic: Long-time Oscar Owner New here (pics!)

ammonia gone and nitrates are down. don't want to bugger the little guy with much more shock in water changes for now. finger crossed.


well, you can help it pull through that... it is still a lucky little swimmer
it got a responsible keeper LOL!
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Remz replied the topic: Long-time Oscar Owner New here (pics!)

He has moved from 100% fin clamped in a corner to under a piece of drift wood. I think I'll let the little guy rest there.

Nitrates were up to over 120ppm when I first checked! now down to 30ppm. high.... but not warranting another water change.

Note to self: dead fish in drift wood is BAD!.

Such a small little guy is very very susceptible to bad tank conditions. Hope tomorrow he is swimming about again.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Long-time Oscar Owner New here (pics!)

Hello and welcome to OFL. Was a tough go surviving a huge drop in nitrate. A baby Oscar, struggling a bit and an undeveloped immune system. I would want my nitrate considerably lower still. 20 is the recommended limit for a water change need with healthy fish. I like to be closer to 10, especially with young that have had a rough start to life. Good luck with the little gaffer.


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I really thought with his initial condition and the spiked nitrate.... he was doomed for a bad news story. Was going to be really bummed to report that he didn't make it through the night....

He survived the night. spent half the day sitting at the bottom of the tank. Another large water change got nitrate down to 15ppm. decided to leave it there for the moment and monitor. There is 2 year old java moss growing on the drift wood.

He is now swimming about and eating pellets 4 hours after the water change. whew. survivor he is.

Some emergency water changes along with a new bag of Purigen to the HOB filter seems to have stabilized the tank. Still not out of the woods, but I am 90% certain the little bugger is in the clear to flourish.

edit: don't be like me and assume your established 75g is good to go to add a new oscar..... i figured for sure the ammonia and nitrate were 0. and that the nitrate was minimal. I assumed wrong.
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Remz replied the topic: Long-time Oscar Owner New here (pics!)

hes being a typical Oscar now. tho his nitrates are not normal.... this will be an easy fix in this tank.

He is now scarfing down cichlid pellets from my fingers!

and looking much better for a tiny baby oscar:

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benmcfadden replied the topic: Long-time Oscar Owner New here (pics!)

very nice setup

Haku, I knew your were good.
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