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pepetj replied the topic: Re:Project: Oscarkeeping in heavily planted tank

Sorry but I'm not into taking pics as I go through my blues after loosing Moon so unexpectedly.

Give me a couple of days.

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2 paired-off Tiger Oscars 13\" ea. + 2 paired-off Angelfish 4.5\" ea. + 2 pairs of paired-off Convicts 4\" ea. + 17 Silver Dollars 2.5-3\" ea. + 6 Kenyi 4 to 5\" ea.
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rowan19 replied the topic: Re:Project: Oscarkeeping in heavily planted tank

Good luck with your project.
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Cody replied the topic: Re:Project: Oscarkeeping in heavily planted tank

Hello Pepe,

As regard the photo problem, try putting something dark coloured and matt over the tiles while you take the pictures - a piece of cloth is idea.

I am very interested in your plans as I would love to have a planted Oscar tank. What you think will be the key to making this plan successful i.e. what will stop your Oscars destroying the plants?
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biggamehunter replied the topic: Re:Project: Oscarkeeping in heavily planted tank

i only use amazon swords but my oscars dont bother at all with them .....they have never uprooted any or eaten any of the leaves ???????
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pepetj replied the topic: Re:Project: Oscarkeeping in heavily planted tank

Cody wrote:

Hello Pepe,

As regard the photo problem, try putting something dark coloured and matt over the tiles while you take the pictures - a piece of cloth is idea.

I am very interested in your plans as I would love to have a planted Oscar tank. What you think will be the key to making this plan successful i.e. what will stop your Oscars destroying the plants?


Maybe cheap dark colored cardboard will do it?

The key to make this project work is to be aware, at all times, that it is their tank, not mine.

I have put a lot of time observing their behavior and interacting with them. I have done things like feeding them with a treaty snack before trying a new plant.

Whenever a plant is uprooted and destroyed I stop trying that species, at least for a few months (e.g. they "vaporized" a beautiful black amazon sword in August 2008; just yesterday -April 2009- I placed a sword in that tank).

Oscars need free swimming spaces so most plants go against the rear wall of the tank (although I experiment around, right now I have almost 24" of tank length covered with Hygrophila difformis).

Being careful with lights since Oscar like dimmed tanks, and use (not abuse) fertilizers. Clay potted plants seem at less risk than those planted directly in the substrate.

Pepe
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Tank #4: Heavily Planted 121UKgal.
2 paired-off Tiger Oscars 13\" ea. + 2 paired-off Angelfish 4.5\" ea. + 2 pairs of paired-off Convicts 4\" ea. + 17 Silver Dollars 2.5-3\" ea. + 6 Kenyi 4 to 5\" ea.
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pepetj replied the topic: Re:Project: Oscarkeeping in heavily planted tank

Here's a video focused mostly in the middle section tank as early today. I turned off the three HOBs (AquaClear 110), the airpimp and one light strip was being worked on. Two internal Wet/Dry filters with UV sterilizers were running (Resun BF-200, JBL & Tetra a 5W ea).

Note: I just placed it, upgraded from T-8 20W at 18,000K to >100W at 6400K in CFs for the sake of the surface floating plants.



Note: The tank is somewhat saturated with plants at the right hand side as a strategy to provide extra shelter for a newly introduced sub-adult Tiger Oscar, half the size of Luna, the male.

Hope you enjoy it.

Pepe
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Tank #4: Heavily Planted 121UKgal.
2 paired-off Tiger Oscars 13\" ea. + 2 paired-off Angelfish 4.5\" ea. + 2 pairs of paired-off Convicts 4\" ea. + 17 Silver Dollars 2.5-3\" ea. + 6 Kenyi 4 to 5\" ea.
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Necromancer4 replied the topic: Re:Project: Oscarkeeping in heavily planted tank

looks good pepe. really like your africans

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PAUL replied the topic: Re:Project: Oscarkeeping in heavily planted tank

great set up and nice looking plants you have.
i am now contemplating to re-introduce water plants
instead of hydroponics. but i like vegetables too.
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biggamehunter replied the topic: Re:Project: Oscarkeeping in heavily planted tank

love it !!!!!!!!!!! love the pair of convicts...
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el_oscuro replied the topic: Project: Oscarkeeping in heavily planted tank

If you can manage to keep plants in your tank, it will make keeping your Oscars much easier. A fish only aquarium is fundamentally unbalanced. In the natural environment, plants and other animals such as snails, clams and shrimp will eat the fish waste.

You are not going to be able to keep any shrimp or crabs in the tank. They will just be dinner. Snails and crabs are fine. I have about 15 Olive Nerites snails and about 5 freshwater clams and they really make a difference in water quality. The snails annihilated a bad hair algae problem I had and the clams basically do the same thing as the filter.

My Oscar likes moving everything around. It is his home after all. He of course moved all of my plants. In order to keep the plants from floating around, I use plant weight to keep them down. Once you Oscar has moved them to where he wants them, they should be able to take root. Oh, and replace your light at least once a year. While your old one may still work, it won't be putting out the right kind of light for plants.
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