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

Exciting news guys! I recently came into some major money with jobs and I have invested in a 75 gallon tank equipped with a Fluval 405 Canister filter(cost me about as much as the tank did!), submersible heater, hood and lights, bubble blower, and I have some rock decor and pool sand substrate waiting. The tank is used, so I've run a fish-less cycle, and now there are a good number of small community fish running a cycle (They were cheap and I don't mind them being eaten). I plan on adding in my Oscar and decor soon. Pictures and videos are coming! If you guys think I need anything else, PLEASE let me know!
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Suprd71 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

That is good news. Test the water, when you have 0, or even a faint trace of ammonia, 0 nitrite and some showing of nitrate you should be good to go. I would also suggest another filter when you can manage. 405 is a decent unit, but as your fish grows and produces more waste, a big hob like the Aquaclear 110 will give you significantly better mechanical filtration.


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MetalHead88 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

sounds like your on the right track.

be sure to pick up a master test kit and some water conditioner for water changes.

just be sure that the tank is completely cycled before adding oscars.... keep an on on your water quality - and especially the ammonia for now.
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Suprd71 wrote: That is good news. Test the water, when you have 0, or even a faint trace of ammonia, 0 nitrite and some showing of nitrate you should be good to go. I would also suggest another filter when you can manage. 405 is a decent unit, but as your fish grows and produces more waste, a big hob like the Aquaclear 110 will give you significantly better mechanical filtration.


I'll definitely look for a deal on one of those in the future! Thanks you for your help!
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Zax replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

My oh my. I came across an ad on craiglist with a complete 90 gallon set up (stand, lights, top, tank, substrate, rocks, heater, and filters) for only $200. I spent more on the 75 than I would on this. I have the money for it easily, and I was thinking of getting more cichlids like a Jack Dempsey or even another oscar. You guys think I should take the opportunity? The owner showed me the videos and pictures, and everything works smoothly. The filters included are two HOB Emperor 400. Advice on this possible additional upgrade?
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Suprd71 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

I would say thats a decent all inclusive price. Would make an even better home for your Oscar. JD is a pretty cool fish and would do very well in the 75. Tip for ya.. if you decide on the 90, make sure the seller keeps those filters running until you get there. The bio wheels must not dry out, they are holding all the beneficial bacteria


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

He's got it running currently. He's an hour and a half away from me, so I would just keep the bio wheels submerged on the trip home? And on the topic of possible companions in the 90: what would you recommend? I'm really into the flashy blue's and greens if I can keep at least another in there.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: First time Oscar owner |Looking for advice!|

If you put your Oscar in the 90, its him alone. The 4ft footprint is restrictive. JD is a slow growing fish, you could prob have a tankmate or 2 if you keep that in the 90. And yes, keep the wheels wet during transport, perhaps connect them to your 75 upon arrival home.


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

Put 1-2 gallons of the tank water in a bucket and keep the wheels submerged in that.

An electric blue acara ~$20-30 might work.
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Alright! The new tank is here! We drove a little ways to get it (120 miles), but we finally got it. Hah. The temperature is getting below freezing tonight, so we can't turn on the outer spigots to really clean the tank, but it's going to get to 45 tomorrow, so I'll be cleaning it all. The filters made it home okay, though one of the filters decided to blow an impeller before I got there and the bio wheels dried out while it was stopped. The other is working perfectly and I have it doing some extra filtration on my 75, which is up and running with my oscar, green terror and JD (New editions, yay!) I have to new impeller for the busted filter on order, but what should I do with the filter now considering bio wheels and such? Or would I just repair the filter and work it like a brand new one?
Now, I thought I mentioned, but apparently not, the tank I bought was a salt water tank, so I will be converting everything, and I've done my research on the process and it seems simple enough. The guy did leave the rock and sand in there along with the coral skeletons and some other decor, would I be able to boil any of the coral and use it? They are magnificent pieces and very large with a lot of hiding places. It's late now, but I can post pictures tomorrow of everything with the 90 gallon. It's not going to be running cichlids for a while (mid February at the earliest) simply because, though we have it, it's in the storage room, which is fine, but we were putting it next to the window on the first floor, which is very convenient for water changes, so we don't want to ground it then have to drain and move it in a month when that space will be available(we have a family member moving out), so everyone will just have to get along in the 75 for a while. They're all still pretty small(5 1/2 inches on the oscar, 4 on the GT, 5 on the JD), so I think they'll be fine for now.
On the plus side, I have yet to see any aggression issues from them, even in tight quarters like that. I'm hoping I got some laid back fish. :laugh:
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