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Hi all, Ive been doing alot of research on Oscars and am now at the point of chosing the right aquarium. I have been looking at the Jewel Vision 450, Rio 400 plus others. What ever tank I get I will be upgrading the filter as you all seem to agree that over filtering is best.

Now to my question, What tank do you all recommend (450l max) and why? also any tanks I should stay clear of? I am interested in all ideas including bespoke except corner tanks as the wife has used all the corners up in our house:angry:

Thanks in advance, Great site :)

IAN, AGE 30, NORTH EAST, UK.
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timskie replied the topic: Re:Your tank choice and why please

welcome to ofl.com.



Biggest tank you can get and no less than 60gal for 1 oscar in my opinion.Most people don't realise the sise and mess these fish make.So for you're sake and the fish sake get it a big tank cycle it properly and you won't have any problems.Hope that helps!
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d8ncer replied the topic: Re:Your tank choice and why please

I would go with the juwel range either of the two you have looked at.

I have the juwel vision 260 and is a great tank. Some people take the internal filter out but I run mine alongside my external that comes in the tnak at other side. Works great and water is always crystal clear.

With good water changes you should be able to raise a couple of good 'o's in the juwel 450 or 400.

Those tanks also look good with the juwel black bark type background fitted.

For the quality of those tanks coming complete with lighting,heater, filter & media all with it. You couldnt get one custom made to that standard and equipment without paying a lot of money.

My new custom glass tank on its own is more than what I can get a complete juwel 400 package for. Its not much bigger either.

There are some good deals to be had on Ebay and worth a look.

The one thing to watch on the vision version especially is that the front is acrylic and can be scratched if use anything like a pan scourer to clean it.

Video of my tank.


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Thanks for the quick response, D8ncer your tank and fish look great, if my set up looked as good as that I will be a happy guy. The background looks great but ive heard it can be a pain to keep clean and water gets between it and the glass and goes black. Is this true? Thanks again, any other makes of tank anyone recommends please speak up.

IAN, AGE 30, NORTH EAST, UK.
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drew replied the topic: Re:Your tank choice and why please

no if water gets behind a photo backround it will show as whiteish reflection. however you are ment to use spray adhesive on them if you can and this eliminates it. my blue gradient backround shows black at the minute as its just taped at the side when water gets behind it shows the correct colour weird i know.

my tank at the minute is around 75 gallon with two 9 inch oscars but its hard work keeping the levels good i clean it with a 50% water change every week and a 25% mid week. the tank is bare with only substrate in until i get some more cash to finish the plywood tank im building. i bought them without realy knowing what i was in for. the first where in a 50 gallon tank then became ill so i had to get bigger.
i now need a bigger tank which im in process in doing

so yeah get the biggest you can afford realy and get fish to suit the tank size.
ive learnt alot in the past 8 month ive had them and do not recomend buying on impulse ever i learnt the hard way. good luck and welcome to the site

as for the corners just erm run and fall into the corner furniture and smash it then say oo well a tan would look nice there hahaha. or just poot your foot down and say look. im getting an oscar now i need the room say to her you would put a baby in a bad place.haha oscars are well named 'water dogs' by some people as they have huge chreters and reconise everything including you
right enough rambling on as it problys makes no sence at all
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delboybully replied the topic: Re:Your tank choice and why please

Get the biggest tank you can afford because if you dont you will regret it and will be upgrading to a bigger tank at some point

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Kenshin_Himura replied the topic: Re:Your tank choice and why please

Please excuse my 'american' measurements (that sounds more accurate than standard, since, metric is pretty much standard everywhere else!),

Either would be great for a single O, the bigger of them for two.

The bigger the tank, the more understocked, the more breathing room you have.

I have mine in a 55 and it is barely enough in more than one way. The width is only 12", so when full grown, the O will be longer than the tank is wide. The water has to be watched a lot closer for nitrate creep, with more frequent water changes. If something goes wrong, it is more serious, since the tank is already in a near overstocked condition.

Plus, once you see one of these little babies get to a year old, they make even decent sized tanks shrink up.

I think a corner tank is usually not the best answer anyway, so it is better that she has taken them up ... I would rather give an O 8 ft in continuous length than 4 ft and 4 ft (or any other similar comparison). Just as 18-24" in width is much better for an Oscar, much more than height on a tank.

I have come to appreciate the look of giving a fish lots of room to live, swim, and be merry. For the future, I can't see myself getting anything less than a 120 (450L) for a single Oscar ... but that is because stretching water changes a bit is preferred over a second Oscar for me personally (plus, I have read, a single Oscar becomes more attached to the owner than a pair, don't know how true that is).

I am honestly eying much larger tanks than that. I have researched a 300 gallon that is 8 ft long that I would love to own one day ... and fight the urge to put 6 Oscars in it ... unless I had a special built drain in the floor and pretreated faucet to make changing the water in that beast manageable, since the waste output would put me in a similar situation as I am in now.

That would be my choices and reasons ... simplified: biggest tank I could afford, fit, and floor can stand ... fewest Oscar I could leave the store with (knowing I could fit another and them begging me is hard to resist).
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d8ncer replied the topic: Re:Your tank choice and why please

ean632 wrote:

Thanks for the quick response, D8ncer your tank and fish look great, if my set up looked as good as that I will be a happy guy. The background looks great but ive heard it can be a pain to keep clean and water gets between it and the glass and goes black. Is this true? Thanks again, any other makes of tank anyone recommends please speak up.


You have to fit the backround with the Juwel black silicone or your cheaper getting aquarium glass silicone off of ebay.

The only sheet you need to cut is for around the internal filter and is really easy done with stanley knife.

Put a thick bead of silicone all the way round the back face of the foam plate about 1/2" in from the outside edge. Then put lots of small blobs in the middle. The silicone around the edge will create a seal and no water should be able to get through unless the foam gets damaged in any way later on. You need to be carefull when ading rocks not to danage the foam. I scraped a bit off of mine when I used to have lava rock.

Dont have any problems with water behind them. You can clean the panels with a sponge easily. Sometimes get a little build up on them but easily cleaned when I do my weekly water change. Some bits are difficult to get into to clean, but to me it makes the tank look more natural and realistic.

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ean632 replied the topic: Re:Your tank choice and why please

Thanks to everyone who has given me there input and advice;) ;)

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drew replied the topic: Re:Your tank choice and why please

its non problem and stick around tell us how u get on
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