Why does my tiny oscar need a 55 gallon or larger?

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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Re: Why does my tiny oscar need a 55 gallon or larger?

When things "go wrong" in a small tank, they go wrong QUICKLY. In a large tank, you may have time to catch it & correct.

Small tanks are for small fish THAT STAY SMALL, which Oscars decidedly are not. Even small ones produce a tremendous amount of waste. If you want to or have to have an aquarium that's less than @ least 55GLs,get fish that are appropriate for that size tank.


And, because we said so. That's why!!

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FuzzyLumpkins replied the topic: Re: Why does my tiny oscar need a 55 gallon or larger?

55-60 gal is still pushing it, but you can find a great price on these. Nitrates creep close to 20ppm in a hurry and I don't even have an adult fish yet.
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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Why does my tiny oscar need a 55 gallon or larger?

FuzzyLumpkins wrote: 55-60 gal is still pushing it, but you can find a great price on these. Nitrates creep close to 20ppm in a hurry and I don't even have an adult fish yet.


no doubt on that, but as a bare minimum, most people agree it's a good number. It really, really is a bare minimum, though.
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