Oscar tank SHOULD be over 55 gallons

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I had an oscar in a 55 gallon tank, which it grew to about 14". Housed in a 55 gallon tank because I believed what the books said that "it was sufficient for one single oscar". I'm not sure that is entirely true. Let's face it with a body 14" long, a width of 12-1/2" (a standard 55 gallon) made it looked CRAMPED. In addition, it really didn't seem to have much room to go from one end to the other.

My oscar banged its head quite frequently on the sides and the top reflectors. She caused grave injuries to herself including chunks of flesh in the water. Normally it would heal without incident, but she did it so badly she got an infection and I spent about $60 in antibiotics and she died.

I cried and cried. I thought, "Never AGAIN..." but I talked to the salesman for over 2 hours on each fish and I decided to get another oscar. This one is only 1" long in a 55 gallon tank. Today I bought a 125 gallon tank. I'm going to put this 1" fish in a 125 gallon fishtank, but trust me it will grow to 14" quickly.

I'M OF THE OPINION BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE THAT A 75 GALLON TANK IS BARE MINIMUM FOR ONE SINGLE OSCAR. AFTER A WHILE A 55 GALLON TANK IS TOO SMALL AND YOU WILL FEEL SORRY FOR IT.

Further I'm of the opinion that it's far better to NOT have gravel in the tank. For easier cleaning. Oscars are poo factories.

The only reason why I got the 125 instead of a 75 is that it was on sale and cost just slightly more than a 75 so I went for that.

A 125 gallon tank is probably sufficient for TWO oscars, NO MORE. But I just want one. One is enough for me. A fish that will grow to the size of a bass, YOU NEED A 75 GALLON TANK MINIMUM. TRUST ME A 55 GALLON IS NOT ENOUGH!!!!
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I have to agree with you. However, there are many people who keep Oscars in a 55 gallon tank and seem to have success so I can't dismiss that fact. Remember that not all Oscars reach 14 inches. I don't think it's that common for an Oscar to get to this size. I think Oscars normally reach around 11 inches. All the Oscars I have had haven't got any more than 12 inches and I have got a pretty big tank.

Even though I do state that 55 gallons is the bare minimum, I personally wouldn't house a single Oscar in anything less than 75 gallons so I am with you all the way.

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c_etude replied the topic: Re:Oscar tank SHOULD be over 55 gallons

I was thinking maybe I should just get a 75 gallon aquarium for ONE oscar fish (and that's all I'm getting). A 125 gallon aquarium holds about 1,000 pounds of water!!!! WOOH!!

I have the tank on order and changed it to 75 gallons with a WOODEN stand, as opposed to 125 gallons on caste iron stand.

If I change my mind again before shipment and go back to a 125 gallon tank with a caste iron stand, are there any problems associated with caste iron? Which is stronger??? The caste iron or the wood which looks like Ethan Allen furniture which is on the 75 gallon tank????


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I was thinking maybe I should just get a 75 gallon aquarium for ONE oscar fish (and that's all I'm getting). A 125 gallon aquarium holds about 1,000 pounds of water!!!! WOOH!!

I have the tank on order and changed it to 75 gallons with a WOODEN stand, as opposed to 125 gallons on caste iron stand.

If I change my mind again before shipment and go back to a 125 gallon tank with a caste iron stand, are there any problems associated with caste iron? Which is stronger??? The caste iron or the wood which looks like Ethan Allen furniture which is on the 75 gallon tank????


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Actually, that 125 holds about 1,043 pounds (US) of water, just water weight alone. remember you need to add the weight of the aquarium and stand too which can be substantial, plus gravel or sand, rocks etc etc. As far as the stand, that is more a personal choice as both are probably constructed to about the same degree of strength. I like wooden stands because they hae enclosed storage underneath and look more like furniture too. Plus a black iron stand goes best with a simple black aquarium, if thats what you like. Of course, if you upgrade the wooden stand, they do get pricier but higher quality too but a simple wooden stand as built by someone like AGA or Perfecto will suffice to hold the aquarium up.

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Need to give away one healthy 1 year old Oscar if you know of anyone interested. See the adoption thread for photos. Thanks!
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I went back to the fish store and they were infinitely patient with my indecisions. First I said 125 gallon tank...then 75 gallon...then 125..then 75 gallon...I went this morning prior to delivery and decided FINALLY a 125 gallon tank.

I FIGURE IF I'm GOING TO GET A BIG TANK--GO WHOLE HOG WILD AND GO FOR IT!!! :-)

And I went further to get an oak really fine looking wooden stand specificlly made for a 150 gallon tank, which will fit perfectly on my 125 gallon tank.

ALL OF THIS FOR ONE SINGLE OSCAR AND IT'S ONLY AN INCH LONG NOW.

Spoiled fish, isn't it.
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Congratulations! :lol:

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My Oscar is very upset now--Although it's about ONE INCH in length, she already got used to her 55 gallon aquarium. But I SHOULD be getting my 125 gallon aquarium with wooden oak stand in the morning. Still, my oscar is VERY VERY traumatized having been moved to a puny 10 gallon tank though there is plenty of room for her.

You can't help but to laugh thinking of putting a SINGLE ONE INCH OSCAR in a HUGE 125 gallon fishtank with no other thing in there. **NOT EVEN GRAVEL** I never use gravel or sterile sand for oscars. They poo too much and it's easier to clean a glass bottom. Although I will be using corner filters too--old fashioned but very very rich in bacteria!

I feel soo sorry for my oscar. She's sulking in the 10 gallon fishtank. I can't blame her. But she will be in heaven tomorrow!!! they BETTER come and deliver it as promised.
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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:Oscar tank SHOULD be over 55 gallons

So, if I understand you correctly, you took your 1" Oscar from a 10g to a 55g and now since you have a 125g coming, you put the fish back into the 10g to make room for the 125g correct?

A 1" fish WILL feel lost for a while and I for one would not have made that move just yet as your fish is still very much a baby but just make sure you get his or her attention when it comes to feeding times a couple of times a day because in such a large environment the fish may not see or find your food and that is not good.
I would make sure the Oscar is looking for the food at the top of the tank when you drop some in there. That fish is still pretty fragile and you need to give it extra attention and care. Good luck with your new 125g. Eventually your Oscar will love it although it may not at first and it may cower into one little section of that tank.

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Need to give away one healthy 1 year old Oscar if you know of anyone interested. See the adoption thread for photos. Thanks!
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c_etude replied the topic: Re:Oscar tank SHOULD be over 55 gallons

Oh yes..well this oscar is pretty adaptable-he started eating in the ten gallon tank in a matter of HOURS; since I had saved the water from my 55 gallon, I transferred it to my 125 gallon tank, I also have my old faithful CORNER filters which I absolutely LOVE--all nice and black with sooty bacteria, the tank is already sufficiently "cycling" since I have it only half full now. My 1" oscar is having a GREAT TIME exploring the new tank and ... believe it or not, is already eating!!!

A note about SKIMMERS--I used a *LEVEL* to make certain the tank is leveled. Well, the bubble IS between the marks but was one quater thickness from being PERFECT. I went to home depot and got plastic skimmers and it make it perfect...then added water...and it went out off the OPPOSITE direction because I added water.. but I had to DRAIN the water, REMOVE the skimmers and leave it skimmer-less. The bubble is still between the two marks, but not absolutely perefctly.

IS IT OKAY TO LEAVE IT LIKE THAT??? I suppose in time the floor (NO CARPET) will settle in. I mean the bubble IS between the two marks. But not extremely perfect between the two marks. But still in those marks.

I don't plan to completely fill up the tank until later, I'm going to add water VERY GRADUALLY until the bacteria starts regenerating.
It's only slightly over half full now and my fish is swimming back and forth and I do believe she's in heaven now :-) That's about 65-75 gallons with ALL six feet to race in!

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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:Oscar tank SHOULD be over 55 gallons

I replied to you about your level being off in your other post. Plastic too should not be used for leveling a stand as plastic can (and will) later crack and break down sometime after your tank is established. Shims should only be solid wood or metal capable of sustaining the point weight pressures they will see. Foam does absolutely nothing except compress under the weight (to paper thin if necessary) as it is not capable of bearing much of any weight. See my other post......

To illustrate my point, take a piece of foam and place it on the floor and then stand on it. See if it holds you up or if it simply flattens out under the pressure and your weight. (In aquarium use, foam is a "feel good" material because it makes you feel good about using it but it does absolutely nothing.) Same with plastic, it may hold for a while, but when you least expect it it will crack and fall apart later on.

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