New to Oscars, is This a Good Setup?

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Hello, I am new to keeping oscars, and I would like to know if what I am doing is correct.
I plan on getting this tank: petsmart.com/h5/hub?id=supplies%2Faquariums%2Ftop-fin-75-gal...uarium-zid36-17609%2Fcat-36-catid-300065%3Fvar_id%3D36-17609
I will start with a 1-2" Oscar. i plan on using tetra safestart plus to cycle it quickly. Can I have any tankmates?
Edit: could I have 2-3 silver dollars as tankmates?
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Suprd71 replied the topic: New to Oscars, is This a Good Setup?

Hello and welcome to the site. Cant seem to access the Petsmart link. However, we recommend a tank with a 48x18 footprint and 75g volume as the minimum for a single Oscar. To successfully have tankmates you need a 6ft tank of 125 or better. Silver Dollars do most often make good mates, but as a schooling fish they should be 5 or more. Safestart might help with the cycle. Some have had good lu ck with it, some claim no. You also need large capacity, efficient filtration. Do not expect a filter rated for 75g to be adequate in an Oscar tank. Combo of canister for bio and hob for mechanical is a good way to go. Get everything as big and as high quality as you can. In a year or so that little Oscar could easily be a foot long.


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yes, got it. Good size, good price. I suggest you inspect the tank VERY closely. Top Fin is a Petsmart brand, but I believe the tank is made by either Marineland or Aqueon. Both good manufacturers. Check all silicone seals. If sloppy looking, pass. Look for one that appears to be quality build. DO NOT buy anything else Top Fin, especially a heater or filter. Very poor quality. If budget has a bit of limit, a pair of Aquaclear 110 hob filters will handle the tank. Your Petsmart should have those. They should also carry Aqueon heaters, get a 250w.


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I'll be sure to do that. Thank you very much. :)
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bigtdotcom replied the topic: New to Oscars, is This a Good Setup?

If you are going to use a bacteria in a bottle to cycle your tank be sure to have a test kit on hand and keep a close eye on your water quality. I recently used Dr Timms" One and Only" It is way more expensive then other similar products but It worked great
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