Does tank shape matter?

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I'm new to the site and to the idea of Oscars really, but I am really interested in getting started. My dilemma is I am only sixteen and don't have a place of my own yet, so a 125 gallon long aquarium would be very difficult to keep in my smallish sized room. would an Oscar have enough swimming room in a 125 gallon tall? I'm aware that the tanks would have the same volume, but do Oscars prefer to swim length wise vs. up and down? P.S. I am hoping to keep two Oscars, other wise I would just settle for a 55 gallon.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Does tank shape matter?

Yes to swim length, and in order to keep an oscar in a 125g tall tank (48x24x24), they would have to get along pretty well as adults.

If you want something guaranteed, get at least a 60 or 75g (48x18). Oscars will reach 14", which is quite smaller than the 55g front to back width of 12".
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Does tank shape matter?

Oscars need swimming room.....tall style tanks are not suited for them.

Get a 75 or a 90......55 is in reality too small for an Oscar.

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Does tank shape matter?

Hello and welcome.. being new to Oscars, I would strongly suggest you start with 1 fish. Getting 2 to get along is tough, and you would need a 6ft tank. Given equal volume, length trumps height and width for Oscars. For 1 Oscar you should seek out at least a 75 or 90 g tank, both 48x18, with the 90 being a bit taller. Before jumping in, you should also educate yourself on the nitrogen cycle and how it works in the aquarium. Everything you need is here, a little research before purchase will save much headache down the road. Ask many questions now, success later will come easier.


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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Does tank shape matter?

You could go for a 60 inch 120 gal

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Jonathan replied the topic: Re:Does tank shape matter?

Good call on doing your research first. Presumably you're in an upstairs room, which means wooden beams. You might want to factor in weight. Water is incredibly heavy.


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Jonathan replied the topic: Re:Does tank shape matter?

Across multiple joists off a load bearing wall should be ok. I just don't like the idea of 1/2 tonne of water over my head when I'm watching tv :)


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OFL replied the topic: Re:Does tank shape matter?

My 125 gallon aquarium was 72 inches long (6 foot) but I appreciate that you may not have room for a tank of this size. If the two Oscars were okay together then a slightly shorter tank wouldn't pose a problem in my opinion. As long as you've got the water volume then you're okay. I've seen more than one Oscar living in the shorter size tank and they have been perfectly okay.

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