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Miahl71 replied the topic: Re:New Oscar Setup

Looks good!
I think adding the driftwood will finish the whole thing nicely.

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75 gal tank w/ 5 O\'s 2 Albino, 1 Tiger, 1 Red, 1 Lemon. All Juveniles. Building (1) 150 gal tank soon to be ready for spring. Hope to get a breeding pair out of the 5 I have.
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Miahl71 replied the topic: Re:New Oscar Setup

Oh that is strange that the fish store told you there was no point in testing your water???:unsure: :ohmy:

Name - Miah, Age - 36, Gender - Male, Location - Rhode Island

75 gal tank w/ 5 O\'s 2 Albino, 1 Tiger, 1 Red, 1 Lemon. All Juveniles. Building (1) 150 gal tank soon to be ready for spring. Hope to get a breeding pair out of the 5 I have.
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Kenshin_Himura replied the topic: Re:New Oscar Setup

What a lot of us forget is that a lot of pet store workers don't care as much as we do, which is a shame. A lot of them probably don't want to be bothered a whole lot with 'work' like testing water.


Just a note on your filtering question ... you can't really have enough. I have 750 gph of the power/hanging filters. They are not efficient, and with oscars, they are messy fish and need more filtering than the average fish ... so you probably need a second filter if you say it is 'rated' for a 55 gallon. That is pretty much a sure bet it isn't enough, or possibly half what is needed.


With regular testing, you will see it will be a challenge with more than just the Oscar in the 55 gallon. Those extra fish equal extra ammonia and nitrite to be processed, and extra nitrate to be removed through water changes.

I do at least a once a week 50%+ change in my 55 gallon with just one Oscar, at around the 9-10" size. He will get bigger, inches bigger, and wider, as well.

Don't know if you have any place that keeps full grown Os, but pictures do not do justice to just how big they get. Expect 12-15" in length, and around 2"+ in width.

My O already makes my thumb look like a snack when he opens his jaws ...



If you used the old filter, then, you really shouldn't worry, as long as it wasn't shut off for a long period of time, or without fish ... it is still a cycled filter.



O's don't need a lot of fancy decor like African Cichlids. You may need hidey holes for you loaches so they can hide from your O when he gets bigger and especially when he goes through puberty.


Be careful with driftwood. Os can dart and be generally clumsy. Make sure there are no rough, sharp, or jagged edges ... so he doesn't hurt himself too much in a couple months when he quadruples in size.



I recommend trying to catch a daily picture of him. Especially if you have something in there to catch him by. Then, you can watch your O grow and change colors and patterns over time. You can even use a program like Gimp and put all those pictures in a gif and you can watch him grow in seconds :P


The only hint I can give with photo taking, is if you have a user setting, set the shutter to a very fast speed, it makes up for unsteady hands :P I set mine to 1/1000 and the clarity shot up because I don't have a tripod to use to get those very still photos ... it also helps if your O won't stay still.

Others suggest using an angle to eliminate flash and other great suggestions in the photo section of the site.


A good gravel vac will clean under the pebbles. I find since I have 45 ft of the Python siphon, If I use a manual siphon, it gets the bigger stuff and gets a lot of the stuff within two 5 gallon bucket fulls, the pythons runs at the same time. When done with the manual siphon, I use the Python to swirl and get the remaining debris/detritus left behind until the water is running clear in each section.


Oh, photobucket is much better than imageshack. You won't lose the pictures, as I cannot view any of those ... they also have it where you can check boxes on photos you wish to share, then click at the bottom 'generate html/code' and use clickable thumbnails for message boards ... then you don't have to worry about resizing it at all ;)


I do agree, thinner substrate is much easier to keep clean :)

I am glad you found homes for all your other fish. As your O grows, you might find you want to keep your loaches separate, their tank would be easier to care for than the community you did have, and most likely easier than the O by himself :lol:


Take care and glad to have you here. Enjoy the wonderful, beautiful, and full of personality Oscar world ... and a huge tropical freshwater fish from South America :)
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Pepperoni replied the topic: Re:New Oscar Setup

Gah, photo bucket is down for maintenance. I will have to include pictures soon.

When I said pebbles I should have said smooth round small rocks :P they are about 2-3 inches diameter.

Im going to take a picture ever day of his growth rate :) The only problem is right now he wont eat because when i aproach he sulks for a few minutes, as SOON as he sees me he goes floppy and sinks. then i walk away he waits a few minutes then starts chasing bubbles again and by then the food has sunk and is no longer appealing. He hates me :(
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delboybully replied the topic: Re:New Oscar Setup

Nice looking tank.

You do need additional filtration. I would get a large external filter. You can them either get rid of the internal filter or run them both.

Was not the best idea to run the tank empty for a couple of day s as the bacteria in your filter will start to die off as they had no food (fish waste) but you will probably be ok. To be sure test for ammonia and nitrite and nitrate. Ammonia and nitrite should be zero, if they are not then your filter will be cycling, so either do daily 50% water changes or add stresszyme

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drew replied the topic: Re:New Oscar Setup


theres a picture of rough size they get too as kenshin said not many pictures show size. this was taken when i first got him so its around 8 there hes 9 now
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Pepperoni replied the topic: Re:New Oscar Setup

Oh i know how big they get ;) my LFS is FULL of them.



There he is :P before I added the stones.

I cant get his "day 2" picture :( he keeps running away :(

aww my little broody brooood
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drew replied the topic: Re:New Oscar Setup

lol ive got a pic of them in the old 4ft tank too if youd like to see the size difference
sooo cute when there tiny then big monsters when there adult but still great fish with huuuuuuge personality
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Jeffrey replied the topic: Re:New Oscar Setup

cool pictures everyone! i bought my one 1.5 months ago when he was 3.5", now he has crossed 5"! will post some pics soon.

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Kenshin_Himura replied the topic: Re:New Oscar Setup

look like he is going to be a looker.

Don't worry too much ... he is rather stressed. New tank. Water quality woes. River rocks being added and removed (imageshack went back online). Lots and lots of changes and disturbance.

A good sign is he is active when you are away. Shows he isn't too bad off ;)

Mine never had orange when he was a baby. Yours shows the gene is there to shine. In fact, within the first month, he went from yellow lace to all black. Was feeding him Bio-Gold too ... so it wasn't the food :P

Definitely add a nice canister or two. I don't know how big the loaches grow, but, if they don't start growing soon, they will be a snack in a couple months. I would say a good 6-8", quick, and a place to hide would be their best chance ... though growing up with fish can sometimes prevent them from eating their tankmates ... I have read stories of people adding more of the same fish, and the Oscar only goes after the new ones, not the ones it grew up with. Must be the scent ;)


I do have a size difference picture, already set up :) This was the difference at 6 months of ownership



Notice the tank sealant and the air hose ... the baby pic is from the front, the adolescent pic is from the side.

Of course, he is bigger now. Still a couple inches shy of the width of the tank, but he is getting wider.
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