125(us)gallon tank stocking question

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I'm not really new to the aquarium game but new to oscars and cichlids, I am building a custom 1350x600x600 (mm) aquarium. Works Out to Almost 130(us) gallons or 490L. I was thinking 2 oscars, a Green Terror and a Gold Spot Pleco. Would this size tank be ok for those 4 beautiful fish ? Thanks :)
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As stocking an aquarium is based on adult size of fish in question, & 60GL is bare minimum for one adult Oscar, & also factoring in waste load & territoriality, I would state unequivocally a tank of those dimensions would be sufficient for 2 Oscars only.

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Suprd71 replied the topic: 125(us)gallon tank stocking question

Hello and welcome. Thats a good volume tank, but the footprint of 52ins is very restrictive for large fast growing cichlids. I wouldnt put 2 Oscars in that. You would need 6ft and 200 gallons for all the fish you want.


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Danjones replied the topic: 125(us)gallon tank stocking question

Would I get away with the 2 oscars and the gold spot pleco with good filtration or no ?
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Suprd71 replied the topic: 125(us)gallon tank stocking question

The problem with your proposed size is length and subsequent swimspace. You will need heavy filtration regardless, but imo territory and aggression would be the problem


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Danjones replied the topic: 125(us)gallon tank stocking question

Yeah I just really wanted at lease 3 fish in there, maybe if I make it a bit longer it would be right like 1450 long? If not 2 fish it is.
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Just know that regardless of tank size, as Suprd71 stated, territoriality can be an issue. Compatibility w/ cichlids is never guaranteed.

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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:125(us)gallon tank stocking question

I would do one oscar and a pleco. I keep one oscar in a 6 foot tank with some silver dollars and now 2 Honduran red points that have managed to get settled in, and believe me ALL 6 feet of that tank is his. And he takes up all that space. Ask any other fish in there. Bio load becomes the issue at a certain point and I'm at 5ppm average a day of nitrates being produced. Which is 50-75% water changes 2-3 times a week to keep my water in pristine condition. I would give one oscar your entire tank basically and the pleco will stay outta his way.


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Danjones replied the topic: Re:125(us)gallon tank stocking question

Thanks I am going to increase the size a little so it becomes 505L and 133us gallon and see how I go.
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Peeps replied the topic: Re:125(us)gallon tank stocking question

The thing is getting cichlids to get along. You have to find the right ones. They can turn on each other in a second. Good luck.
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