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New member here! I had looked at oscars and various cichlids for a while after seeing them at commercial stores and being my curious self, I did some research on types, size and needs. Spur of the moment, my sister walked in one day with a rather nice looking Oscar from, of all places, Walmart. And she put the poor thing in a 10 gallon tank with three new blood parrots, Granted, the oscar was only an inch long, but she planned to keep it in there! I convinced her to rehome the parrots, but we've held onto oscar and he/she is now going onto 4" after only two months of ownership, and its never been sick. Today's it's still eating well, and it is very active. Water chemistry is good, and I do 20% water changes every other day to keep the ammonia down, and I always treat with Prime. She's pretty much relinquished the oscar to me at this point.

Now, its been growing much more rapidly, and I made a desperate post on facebook to see if anyone had at least a 55 gallon they weren't using. A relative messaged me about a 55 gal setup they were not longer using(It was still running mind you), and I happily said we'd come pick it up. It had been a silver dollar tank mainly. I'm not sure about what kind of filtration system they have, but all I know is that they have one. It comes with a stand, the gravel substrate, the hood, light, and heater.

So, what I need is advice on how best to set this up, what kind of decor would be the best for this set up, and if the filter isn't all that good, what filter system should I get? I also need to know what kind of substrate to use and where to get it because quite frankly, I hate gravel as a substrate. I also need to know if there are any kind of live plants I can have that the oscar wont tear up.

If there's anything I missed, let me know! I'd also like to know if I could keep other fish in the tank other than the oscar, and if so, which ones? Any help is appreciated!
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Suprd71 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

Hello and welcome.. my goodness yes, get that poor Oscar in that 55 asap. As for filters, since your relative is not using the tank, the filters are no longer established with the beneficial bacteria you need. Keep them anyways and post what they are when you get them. If an upgrade is necessary you will get good advice here. You will however need to do at least every 2nd day 50% water changes for at least 2 months until the tank is cycled. I would keep the tank bare bottom and without deco until cycled. Makes easier for waste removal. Future plans for live plants are likely doomed, Oscar will surely tear them up. First things first. Get the tank up and change the water.. often. Everything you need is available here, hope to hear from you soon.


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Suprd71 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

And just 1 other thing, a 55g is ABSOLUTE bare minimum for 1 Oscar alone, no tankmates of any kind.


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Thank you for your advice! So, no tankmates. That's fine with me. Hopefully I'll be able to save up for a 100+ set up some time in the future. And when I say no longer using, I mean that their last two fish died recently (2 weeks ago) and they don't plan on getting any more, but my relative did say the tank has been running. Would this change the cycling process at all?
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

Please take a video of this so we can see what's going on.

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WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

With tank running but no fish producing ammonia, the filters have died. You will be starting fresh, and cycling a tank with an Oscar in is not the best scenario, but is doable. It will require substantial effort and dedication on your part. As requested, please post a video so we can see what you need.


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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

Do you have a liquid test kit ? If so make sure to test your water.
Since you already have a running filter transfer it to the 55G tank. You may get lucky and achieve an instant cycle. Once you get the fish and filter transferred , test the water for Ammonia , Nitrites and Nitrates.
Add on any filters that come with the tank.
Maybe you can give us a little more info on the filters you have , like brand and model.

A better place to look for a tank may be Craigslist or checking if you have any local fish clubs.

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dsmalex97 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

I just got into this hobby so I'm still learning, but what I can say is that 55 is not going to cut it. Use it now, but be prepared to get 100+ gallon tank. In my opinion a 55 is being straight up cruel. Yeah it will keep them alive, but talk about a boring life. I just moved my 7 month old from a 55 into a 125. I still think the 125 is going to be too small lol. As for a filter I would recommend the fluval fx5. The filter is a beast!! It will be nice on the 55 to have the over filtration and then when it comes time to get that 100+ gallon tank you're ready to go.
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cebosound replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

these guys have you covered. and it sounds like your previous reading has you on the right track.

so i will just say enjoy your fish. as he matures he will have a lot of personality and interact with you. having a solo oscar is one of the more rewarding fish keeping experiences of my life. ... its like they don't have anyone to interact with but you, so there smarts really seem to come out when interacting with humans. :)

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Zax replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

Unfortunately the tank pickup is taking forever since the owners are never home for us to go get it. (It's one state over, so it's gotta be planned out) I am asking for pictures of the tank, and they have yet to get back to me because these relative are crazy busy. But I did inquire about a filter and they have a Fluval 05. I plan on getting the guys and myself to drive over to their place this weekend to get the tank. I'm worried about how long this is taking since my oscar has since stopped growing in this evil little tank. I'll be posting videos and pictures of all the equipment and the tank once I get it. Until then, I did take some photos of him this evening in case you guys were curious.



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