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Hello everyone brand new to the forum and soon to be new to Oscars. I am getting a 75 gallon in a few weeks and after I cycle it I want to get a tiger oscar my question is can I also put a black convict in with him? I know that 75 gallon is minimum for an Oscar I plan on doing an ehiem pro 3 2076 canister filter and also a emperor 400 hob would this be a good set up for a 75 gallon tank? Or do you reccomend different filters? Any advice/help is greatly appreciated!!
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Noddy replied the topic: First Oscar tank

Hallo and welcome to OFL!

To answer your first question, we recommend the minimum of 75 UKGl to provide your Oscar with an enviroment to keep your O healthy and happy. With enough waterchanges anything is possible and a convict won't add an enormous amount to your bioload, I'd still keep your priorities with your Oscar.
You'll find out that a 75 Gl tank isn't that big once your Oscar grows into the tank.

The Eheim filter is of very good quality, and combined with the Emperor the turnover rate should be enough.
I personally prefer to get a bigger canister filter with a turnover rate of 5 times the whole water volue, and I'd leave out the HOB then, but the setup you suggested should be fine for one Oscar.
Just keep up with frequent and sufficient waterchanges.

Have you decided what kind of Oscar you want to get?

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I want a tiger oscar . Is their a different canister filter I should look at?
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Noddy replied the topic: First Oscar tank

Tigers are the best...but that's a matter of taste!
The Eheims are very good quality, but they are very expensive too.
It used to be risky to buy "B-brand filters" for if something broke the spare parts were hard to get .
But nowadays you can buy excellent "B-brand" filters for way less money and spare part are easily available.
I use 2 Cristal Profis on my small tank, and for the prize-difference my turnover rate has almost doubled.
I'm not sure if they sell those cristal Profis in your country, but I never expierienced any trouble compared to the Eheims I have had.
Plus all filters came with a 3 year guarantee, so I chose the cheaper ones with no risk at all...
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I don't have access to those filters so now I'm thinking about doing ehiem pro4 600 which is 330 gph and the emperor 400 which would be 730 gph total would this be to much for a 75g with 1 tiger oscar and 1 black convict?
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Noddy replied the topic: First Oscar tank

Since OFL is homed in the UK, we use UKGl for the math.
The Eheim 4 600 will have a turnover rate of 275 UKGl, which should be enough for your tanksize.
I'm not sure if you wouldt need an added HOB filter besides the canister.

We have to set a minimum tankvolume for one Oscar, 75UKGl and that is not gonna change...

I think you have your mind set on getting that convict anyways, right?
If you do you will have to keep a close eye on the waterparameters, and do large and frequent waterchanges accordingly.
I pushed the limits of the bioload in my 180Gl tank for quite some time and was able to keep the parameters in check, but when life hits you hard (which life tends to do from time to time) I was unable to keep up with the WC's, which put my fish at risk...please keep that in mind.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: First Oscar tank

Welcome to OFL. I suggest not considering any fish with Oscar in 75g. Just not enough room. For filtration, I am a big supporter of 2 filters, or more on any tank. 75g can easily be covered by one fair sized canister, but for efficiency sake, I suggest something like the Eheim Classic series, the 2217 to be precise, and accompany that with an Aquaclear 110 hob. The Emperor 400 is a decent unit, but its primarily a bio filter. That's the canisters main function as well. The Aquaclear is an "ok" biofilter, but its a superior mechanical filter. So, having the can as a bio and the hob as a mechanical puts your tank in very good standing. Another filter to strongly consider is the Fluval FX4. Smaller than the big boys, same basic operation. I have one, so far at about 9 months in, very satisfied.


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So this morning my uncle called said he talked to my mom and informed me that he does not have fish anymore and that I can have his 75 gallon which has 2 ac110's if I wan't sweet!!! So I'm just going to run this set up with 1 Oscar and nothing else in the tank and save up for a 150 gallon and filtration to do a bigger tank! Thanks for all the info guys I really appreciate it!!
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Noddy replied the topic: First Oscar tank

NICE! Good to hear that. Saving up for an upgrade is good. And glad you have taken the convict out of the equation. Keep us informed on your progress!

And Suprd Thnx for helping out, I'm not familiar with HOBs and the other brands filters you use. Holland is all Eheims and good b brands.
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Yea I'm going to save up for 3 ehiem pro 3 2078 490gph and then use the 2 ac110 hob on the 150 when I get it I think that would be a good set up!
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