My 75G Setup open to suggestions!

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Jonathan replied the topic: Re:My 75G Setup open to suggestions!

I know it seems to be all people say, but it's no exaggeration. I've got just one O and a pleco in 55g (68 us g). The waste they produce is absolutely staggering. Upgrading to 140g next week, and that's all that will be in it. The pleco is like a machine designed to poop.


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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: My 75G Setup open to suggestions!

Just a few notes:

"I had it cycling in the 20 gallon tank as it was the first piece to the tank addition after I realized my mistake. The AC110 has only been running for 2 weeks."


Your filters are not cycled yet....the canister is less than 1/2 way done, & the AC110 just beginning to culture bacteria. As stated, minimum of 10 weeks.

"I just do not understand how that much water is not enough space for these guys i guess."


75GL is a drop in the bucket for large SA/CA cichlids. Oscars are genetically "programmed" to grow in excess of 16", potentially. Again, if you overcrowd them, they will become stunted, & they will become stressed,which lowers their ability to produce their slime coat, which in turn will make them susceptible to pathogens & parasites.

Also, Oscars, as do the majority of large, omnivorous/carnivorous SA/CA cichlids, do not need or appreciate the presence of conspecifics/heterospecifics, outside of breeding; they do not become "lonely"....that is a human trait we apply to fish.

Just FYI...I have a lone Oscar in a 75GL, & the only decoration is a small piece of driftwood. Less chance of them dashing into something, & Oscars are an open-water species....they appreciate the swimming room.

I applaud you for listening to advice, as this can be a rare thing.....I have been keeping fish for over 42 years now....I do think I know a great deal about fish-keeping, & I still ask advice of those members that I know are adept @ this hobby.....you can never stop learning. 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.
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:My 75G Setup open to suggestions!

Try to get the bigger tank ASAP, and if you don't think you can get it and set up in a couple weeks, unload the pleco and raph. Keep the one oscar happy in the 75 by himself and if and when you get the bigger tank setup add to the stocking then. By the way your filters will not be cycled in only a month so keep on top of the water changes. The API freshwater master test kit is only $35 at the LFS's around here so it may not be 60 where you are either but yes amazon does have them for cheaper. Get one without a doubt. It is the test kit most here use and will help you understand what is going on in your tank as far as the progression of the cycle and continuous monitoring to give you a picture of how fast your water gets polluted between water changes.


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Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
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nwahs116 replied the topic: My 75G Setup open to suggestions!

Yes yes, I am taking all of your guys advice since you know what your talking about. Thank you again for all of the advice!
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Goranothos replied the topic: My 75G Setup open to suggestions!

nwahs116 wrote: Yes yes, I am taking all of your guys advice since you know what your talking about. Thank you again for all of the advice!


Good for you! We want you to succeed and enjoy the hobby. Overstocking a cichlid tank will lead to neither. Refreshing to encounter someone who actually listens, rather than arguing that the guy at the LFS said three Oscars in a 55 gallon would work fine, as long as you buy my PhUp and PhDown chemicals.

Let us know how things go and feel free to ask all the questions you want.

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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:My 75G Setup open to suggestions!

So my 40 gal isn't ok for the gar, shovel nose and 3 oscars.... you dont know what ur talking about

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daddadoo7 wrote: So my 40 gal isn't ok for the gar, shovel nose and 3 oscars.... you dont know what ur talking about


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