Oscar Tank Set Up

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OFL: your effort here is very much appreciated by me, and probably any newby into Oscar fishkeeping.

Update: Brought home another young Tiguer Oscar, this one around 4", placed in the quarantine/hospital tank.

The 120UKgal is in its 8th day of fishless cycle, and its fifth day of Nitrite spike.

Solved the canopies (clear glass) and lighting (low light) issues. Brought in two pieces of driftwood, also got an ornament that resembles a driftwood. Still waiting for the sand I neeed to add. Got very nice looking flat rocks, that I'm cleaning/testing and smoothing the edges (floor tiles samples a friend of mine gave me as gift).

My wife is very much involved in the care of Moon and Luna (the youngest Tiguer Oscar), not to mention my little daughter (she kisses Moon goodnite, through the glass of course). For whatever reason, Luna didn't stressed as much Moon did.

I'm thinking about lowering the pH by filtering through peat, once the cycle is done. I'm concerned about the young Green Severum that's coming home soon.

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2 paired-off Tiger Oscars 13\" ea. + 2 paired-off Angelfish 4.5\" ea. + 2 pairs of paired-off Convicts 4\" ea. + 17 Silver Dollars 2.5-3\" ea. + 6 Kenyi 4 to 5\" ea.
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OFL replied the topic: Re:Oscar Tank Set Up

no problem, I am glad we are able to help.

What is the pH of your tap water? Remember that drift wood will more than likely bring the pH down. You'll find that keeping large fish will do the same. I would wait and see what happens before you start trying to add materials to the filtration system to bring it down. The pH of my tap water is 7.5. I've got couple of Oscars and a few tank mates in my 125 gallon tank, I've got three pieces of small bog and mopani wood. My PH normally drops to 6.0 at the end of one week, after a 30 or 40% water change, pH rises to 7.0. pH is very complex, I'm not in favor of using chemicals to alter, I think it's too easy to cause a disaster

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The pH in my tap water, as well as it hardness, varies. The flat I own is in a building (will be moving in the near future though) that uses two sources of water: 1) the City and 2) a subterranean well. Since the City service is not stable, we end up with different mix of the two.
These are the readings from the source (after letting the water sit in a shallow plate through the night) pH ranges from 7.6 to 7.8, GH ranges from 8 to 12dH; KH ranges from 3 to 7dH, Ammonia, Nitrites, and Nitrates are all 0. I keep my tanks parameter within reasonable ranges (same temp, pH 7.6-7.8 -midnite-noon; GH 9 to 10dH; KH 5 to 7dH, and with good filtering (allways improvable though), low tech plants, manage, and weekly to twice a week 30% water changes (unless in mini-cycle).
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2 paired-off Tiger Oscars 13\" ea. + 2 paired-off Angelfish 4.5\" ea. + 2 pairs of paired-off Convicts 4\" ea. + 17 Silver Dollars 2.5-3\" ea. + 6 Kenyi 4 to 5\" ea.
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Necromancer4 replied the topic: Re:Oscar Tank Set Up

as long as your ph stays steady i wouldnt worry to much about it. its not overly high so why try to change it. if you feel the need to lower it however i agree with ofl and think you should not use chemicals to do it. driftwood or bogwood will naturally lower your ph.

other than that your tank seems to comming along nicely and can hardly wait for pics of the fisnished works.

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Oscarlover69 replied the topic: Re:Oscar Tank Set Up

I would look for a nice canister filter on ebay to get to filter the water, It will save you a lot of time and also it will keep your water crystal clear all the time. When I had my HOB's on my tank I couldnt keep the water clear until I bought the canister fluval 305
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I would also add that if you are going to splash out on a canister filter, get one that is. rated higher than your tank,you'll be really glad of that extra filtration, not only will it keep your tank a lot cleaner,you won't be having to clean it every week. I have got two large canister filters on a 125 gallon tank and I clean them about every three months

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The pH issue I dropped, at least for the moment. Went to the LFSs and measure the pH of the tanks where the 5" Green Severum and the 3.5" Gold Severum are (7.6, 7.4, respectively).

The 120UKgal tank is finally cycled and running! With a lot of encouragement from my wife, -she performed her first pH readings, help in acclimation, syphooning water, etc- we moved the two Tiguer Oscars, the three African Hybrid Cichlids (at noon) and the Green Severum (at evening). Lert the six young Convicts in the 29g bow, for the moment.

pH is 7.6 -maybe a bit lower, not sure though; Ammonia zero, Nitrites zero, Nitrates 10ppm. Left the lights off for their sake. So far Moon and Luna are inseperable, no aggressive-like behavior observed (I have kept an eye on them without been noticed -I think). The Green Severum is like he knew everybody, moving all around, really at ease. I fed them a bit -not much- and will take it from there. I will keep an eye in water parameters on daily basis since this is a recently cycled tank.

My wife wants to order a custom made mahogany stand/furniture (for when we move), I guess that will be the time to get a sump filter to place behind the tank. I am looking for a canister filter (locally) that could handle 150gal tank or bigger (so far no such luck), wouldn't mind adding another AquaClear 110 if that makes sense, I'm aware there's no such thing as "too much filtration".

I am in awe with these fishes. I expect to have a camera by Friday. The Aquascaping is still in progress (more sand is needed, considering airstones, flat rocks being checked, caves, and probably will place a fake plant -how I hate doing that!).

Thank you, and I mean to all of you, for helping me live moments like this.

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Tank #4: Heavily Planted 121UKgal.
2 paired-off Tiger Oscars 13\" ea. + 2 paired-off Angelfish 4.5\" ea. + 2 pairs of paired-off Convicts 4\" ea. + 17 Silver Dollars 2.5-3\" ea. + 6 Kenyi 4 to 5\" ea.
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marcus replied the topic: Re:Oscar Tank Set Up

My tanks a 150g I run a fluval FX5 thats rated to 400g. Its a big beast but works fine for me. you can pick them up on ebay in uk £130 ish($270). i think thats a great deal. I would also think about running 2 smaller pumps,as this way if 1 breaks you have another already running....you can clean 1 out fully with no fear of rise in water ammo,nitri and if you have 2 of the same model parts are interchangerble. I think 2 smaller are better than 1 big.

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Necromancer4 replied the topic: Re:Oscar Tank Set Up

i think when you get your sump hooked up you'll find the need for another filter is not a big as it might be now. i would hold off on another filter purchase until your sump is up and running.

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The Camera is good, but not the photographer (me)
Some pics on the ongoing 120UKgal Oscar Tank set up (day 3 with fish).





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Tank #4: Heavily Planted 121UKgal.
2 paired-off Tiger Oscars 13\" ea. + 2 paired-off Angelfish 4.5\" ea. + 2 pairs of paired-off Convicts 4\" ea. + 17 Silver Dollars 2.5-3\" ea. + 6 Kenyi 4 to 5\" ea.
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