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I have a 20 gallon tank with a marineland 200gph filter. I had a simple goldfish in it until I came home and found out my girlfriend had bought a few cichlids she thought were "pretty" which they are. She purchaced a fancy oscar as well as a jellybean cichlid and a blood parrot. There is also a pleco in the tank. I immediately moved the gold fish to another tank. I know this tank is way to small for these fish and im getting a 275 gallon tank in a month. My question is will these fish survive until then? They have already grown on me but im more worried about there well being more than my own satisfaction. Thanks for any info guys!
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OFL replied the topic: Please help!

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Okay, I will make this quite simple so there is no misunderstanding whatsoever, take the fish back to where your girlfriend got them from. Please don't even consider keeping these fish because it won't end well, I absolutely guarantee it.

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Ronnie lee replied the topic: Re:Please help!

That's what I figured, would it matter if the fish are all under 2 inches and I have double the filtration?

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Please help!

Hello and welcome.. OFL is quite correct, this situation is bad from the get-go. Its an over crowding and mismatch problem. Current fish size and planned extra filtering wont help. Return all and start fresh with suitable tank for any fish you want. Always stock according to adult size potential.


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Ronnie lee replied the topic: Re:Please help!

Ok thank you for the info guys. Shes buying my new tank so I can't be too mad at her haha

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Jonathan replied the topic: Please help!

Welcome.

They could possibly survive with intense water changes, but they'd endure loads of stress in the interim and probably have serious health problems down the line.

You'll struggle with the pleco in 20g too. They can get exceed a foot depending on the breed and all of them produce waste like it's going out of fashion.

If you really like them make your girlfriend buy you a 275g then get a couple of O's later. :) There's an Oscar bible in the articles.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Please help!

Also consider that a big tank in the 275 range will require some hefty filtration. I have a 265 with a pair of Fluval FX5's. New model is FX6, its pretty well the same. High output canister, large capacity for bio media.


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jnet replied the topic: Please help!

like everyone has stated best to get the tank set up and then get your fish, they live for years so dont rush and choosing.

Your tank will take a month to setup so you have plenty of time to pick the right fish.

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Ronnie lee replied the topic: Re:Please help!

Ya id rather them not get sick, but for my personal knowledge.. why would they get sick in such a short period of time? I understand the stress of being put in a new tank but if it has plenty of hiding places, perfect water paramaters, etc.. what would cause the fish to get sick?

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jnet replied the topic: Please help!

20gals is tiny so unless you want to do waterchanges every other day its gonna build up toxins also the lack of space can cause stress and aggression.

Blood parrots are a mixed opinion fish and many believe its cruel to own these fish as they are often badly bred and have poor gills and mouths; so they need really good tanks to thrive. Also what plec was it? Commons can get huge like 3to 4foot if its a bns plec they stay smaller but still make sawdust all over your tank. They also need driftwood to digest food correctly if you dont have any then that fish will need to be rehomed.

what kind of oscar is it you brought? Can you post pics of the fish or a vid of the tank

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