Oscar and tank size

  • ehall67
  • ehall67's Avatar
  • Offline
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Ohio Cichlid Association Chairmen
  • Posts: 15869
  • Thank you received: 439

ehall67 replied the topic: Re:Oscar and tank size

Yep go with what tank you have will lead to more success in the hobby which makes it more fun


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

The Confidence of Amateurs, is the Envy of Professionals


#373877

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • mcnally101
  • mcnally101's Avatar Topic Author
  • Offline
  • Fresh Boarder
  • Fresh Boarder
  • Posts: 12
  • Thank you received: 0

mcnally101 replied the topic: Oscar and tank size

Thanks everyone, I did a fair bit of research and there seems to be mixed results a lot so very minimum is 55 and others say yeah can keep one in a 30g tank, I no that's much to small.
#374018

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Posts: 1759
  • Thank you received: 195

jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Oscar and tank size

mcnally101 wrote: Thanks everyone, I did a fair bit of research and there seems to be mixed results a lot so very minimum is 55 and others say yeah can keep one in a 30g tank, I no that's much to small.

Those mixed results that contradict the 55 gallon minimum(even that becomes to small) is simply bad advice. 30 gallon for an adult oscar is too small.
This book on oscar keeping from pre internet and better knowledge era is full of misguided information such as keeping an adult in a 29 gallon. But of course we know better now. I actually want to start a thread on this book with some of the published misinformation from years ago to see how we have learned and grown in the knowledge of this fish.

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
#374020

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Darth Nandopsis
  • Darth Nandopsis's Avatar
  • Offline
  • User is blocked
  • User is blocked
  • Dark Lord of the Fish
  • Posts: 6163
  • Thank you received: 441

Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Oscar and tank size

Whoever gave you/wherever you read that "advice", for lack of a better term, on keeping an Oscar in a 30GL.....STEER CLEAR!!!! :pinch:

J, I have a 1st edition of Wm. T. Innes' "Exotic Aquarium Fishes" ca. 1935. Found it in a old bookstore in Coopperstown, NY. Amazing what they recommended......when I get home, I will quote the part on changing the water (which he advocated even back then!!) B)


THOSE WHO REFUSE KNOWLEDGE ARE DOOMED TO FAIL.

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.
#374050

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Posts: 1759
  • Thank you received: 195

jmunroe replied the topic: Oscar and tank size

Darth Nandopsis wrote: Whoever gave you/wherever you read that "advice", for lack of a better term, on keeping an Oscar in a 30GL.....STEER CLEAR!!!! :pinch:

J, I have a 1st edition of Wm. T. Innes' "Exotic Aquarium Fishes" ca. 1935. Found it in a old bookstore in Coopperstown, NY. Amazing what they recommended......when I get home, I will quote the part on changing the water (which he advocated even back then!!) B)

Neat.., May have to start an evolution of fish keeping myths and information thread. I remember the good old days, when I was teen, and discus owners prided themselves on having "old" "aged" water that never got water changes and would swear you could drink their water. Never saw one drink their water, but they would assure you it was the best water around. Lol.

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
#374065

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Posts: 1759
  • Thank you received: 195

jmunroe replied the topic: Oscar and tank size

The oldest book I think I have on aquarium fish is Breeding aquarium fish by Herbert Axelrod 1971. I have a couple books by him, one is a huge 1985 edition of his freshwater aquarium fish atlas. Time to dig the old books out and read through them again. That's always fun once a decade.

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
#374066

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Posts: 5923
  • Karma: 3
  • Thank you received: 581

Suprd71 replied the topic: Oscar and tank size

When I think of how I kept my first oscar in the early 70's... terrible! Tank size was good, but water changes were when I couldnt see in anymore and filtration was next to nothing. Shockingly enough though, he lived 14yrs and about 14ins.


I may not be the Boss, but I'm ALWAYS right!
#374067

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Posts: 1759
  • Thank you received: 195

jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Oscar and tank size

Wow he musta been a tough old bird haha.

I'll leave you with a couple of bad quotes from the oscar book I mentioned earlier, then I have to go back to sleep for a bit, working nights this week.
This book was published in 1993... For some of you younger people, that was only yesterday.
"They shouldn't own one unless they can provide a minimum of a 20 gallon tank"
"The tank sold as a 20 gallon low has the same dimensions as the standard 29 gallon tank,for example, and can house as many oscars as the larger tank. This guide assumes the tank is filtered"
"If you have a small tank, your stuck with small oscars, and that's that"
"If you have a 29 gallon tank and want to house an interesting and attractive display fish, an adult oscar would be the perfect occupant"

Oh my....

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
#374069

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • mcnally101
  • mcnally101's Avatar Topic Author
  • Offline
  • Fresh Boarder
  • Fresh Boarder
  • Posts: 12
  • Thank you received: 0

mcnally101 replied the topic: Re:Oscar and tank size

Well from the start I was debating an oscar with discus I'm going to go with the discus 5 or so with a pair of bristlenose catfish. I also have another tank with some convicts in it only had it a few day but they are going nicely growing fast!!
#374130

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Posts: 3036
  • Thank you received: 266

daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Oscar and tank size

Welcome to the forum... your doing the right thing. Listen to these guys they know what they are talking about. You could always get a used set up really cheap check online
#374149

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

Moderators: Big-KenDRACO
Time to create page: 0.090 seconds