Oscar tank SHOULD be over 55 gallons

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

right now i have a 60 gallon tank with 8 cichlids and two oscars the tank dimensions are 3ft*2ft*18inches. the oscars are about 4" long and i am planning on purchasing a 125 gallon tank 6ft*2ft*18inches is that the correct dimensions and how many fishes can live comfortably in the 125, cause i am planning on buying 2 tiger oscars as well.
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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:Oscar tank SHOULD be over 55 gallons

olover wrote:

right now i have a 60 gallon tank with 8 cichlids and two oscars the tank dimensions are 3ft*2ft*18inches. the oscars are about 4" long and i am planning on purchasing a 125 gallon tank 6ft*2ft*18inches is that the correct dimensions and how many fishes can live comfortably in the 125, cause i am planning on buying 2 tiger oscars as well.


You didn't specify what those other Cichlids were, but in any case thats already a total of 10 fish there which in my opinion is already more then I would put into the new 125. I definitely would avoid adding any more Oscars at all. Even if you dedicate the new 125 to the two Oscars, that's not big enough for two more Tigers.
The 125 will be suitable for two Oscars at best. I'm sure others here will add their thoughts too. I myself do not adhere to the extremes of (best case scenario) tank size recommendations but on the other hand I really try hard to avoid near extreme overcrowding situations.

By the way, Your 60 Gallon tank has a surface area of only 4.5 Square feet. (36" X 18" divided by 12") Surface area is vitally important and the height of an aquarium is not nearly as important as it's length X width. I think you are difinitely ovewrcrowded now and would still be overloading a 125 with all those existing Cichlids. Second opinions?

Ken, 51, NJ-USA (2 Tiger Oscars)
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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olover replied the topic: Re:Oscar tank SHOULD be over 55 gallons

actually they are all dwarf cichlids so they are not going to get any bigger than they already are, the 125 on the other hand was to be dedicated to the oscars only. but i think u answered my question and the final decision is to leave the cichlids in the 60 and two oscars in the 125. i am really into these oscars so your info was helpful and about surface area of the tank, thanks.
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c_etude replied the topic: Re:Oscar tank SHOULD be over 55 gallons

Even if you had a 125 gallon tank NOW, what you currently have is OVERCROWDING. A 125 gallon tank will probably house just TWO OSCARS and TWO OSCARS alone. You just wait until they get 14 inches. And all that poo they generate. Possible three oscar, but more likely just two.

FOr all of those fish you probably need a 200 plus gallon tank. YOU ARE NOT DOING THESE OSCARS ANY FAVORS BY PURCHASING MORE. In fact, it is certain with all of those fish you will be condeming them to a most untimely demise.

I have one single oscar in a 125 gallon tank. It's no more than 2 inches in length now, but it will grow about 12 to 14 inches. FORGET ABOUT THE MYTH THEY GROW TO THE SIZE OF THEIR TANK--THAT'S NONSENSE. THEY WILL GROW IN ACCORDANCE TO THEIR GENETICS and only stay smaller due to malnutrition or bad water conditions, which means they won't live that long. Hence the myth about "growing to their environment size." It's NOT true.
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