Setting up an Oscar tank for the first time.

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Hey guys, New here but I have been doing alot of reading lately and after the recent loss of my 6 year old tiger barbs I want to branch further out into new fish.

So I have decided I want to do an Oscar and maybe a few others not sure yet.

I have a 55 Gal Marineland as of now picking up a 75 gallon next week.

Now when setting either of these tanks up for an Oscar what should the decor be? Do they prefer sand or gravel? I used black sand in my 20 gallon that housed my tiger barbs and the 55 has rock for the few sharks I had that I sold.

Now I think the 75 will be more the Oscar tank as I plan to get some African Cichlids as well which prolly will go into the 55.

So back to the Oscar. I know they like to dig and live plants are pretty much out of the question. Will plastic work or will they destroy those as well? I have some driftwood as well as slate rock that are in the tanks currently that I love the look of. Also what filtration is recommended for them . I know there bioload is large.

As well what tank mates can an Oscar have. I do have a 13 inch fire eel that lives in the 55 as of now which will probably if compitable will end up with the Oscar.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Setting up an Oscar tank for the first time.

Hello and welcome to the site. First and foremost is to have the new tank cycled before adding an Oscar. If your 55 is still running with fish in, the filter for that can assist in cycling the new 75. For decor, rocks and wood are best, some oscars pull up all plants, real or plastic. Filtering options are many for a 75. Two large hob's or 1 medium canister will be good. Sand or gravel is your choice, makes no matter to the fish. A 75g is sufficient for 1 Oscar only, no tankmates of any kind. All the info you need to successfully raise an Oscar is right here, enjoy your stay.


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Suprd71 replied the topic: Setting up an Oscar tank for the first time.

Hello and welcome to the site. First and foremost is to have the new tank cycled before adding an Oscar. If your 55 is still running with fish in, the filter for that can assist in cycling the new 75. For decor, rocks and wood are best, some oscars pull up all plants, real or plastic. Filtering options are many for a 75. Two large hob's or 1 medium canister will be good. Sand or gravel is your choice, makes no matter to the fish. A 75g is sufficient for 1 Oscar only, no tankmates of any kind. All the info you need to successfully raise an Oscar is right here, enjoy your stay.


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OFL replied the topic: Setting up an Oscar tank for the first time.

Yes, the 75 gallon tank is a much better option. As for plants, Oscars will more than likely wreck them. So it's probably not even worth bothering. As for plastic, they will probably enjoy playing with them, so it's really up to you. The good thing about plastic plants is that they can be repositioned. There are some really nice artificial plants on the market so it's basically a choice of whether you want to try them or not.

I would probably advise you to go for a canister filter, something that is rated for over 100 gallons, preferably around 130 gallon, that should be enough for your 75 gallon tank, as long as you don't put too many fish in it. As for which make of canister, there are various companies that manufacture them. Personally, I prefer Eheim, I've used them over the years and they have never let me down. However, these are quite expensive, but you get what you pay for.

I'm not really familiar with used fire eels, however, 13 inches is quite big and would be a little too much for the tank as well as an Oscar, so I should leave it where it is.

I'm sure other people will chime in with some advice as well

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