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1 Month in and already fed up with ph and algea probs
Old 01-01-2010, 05:08 AM   #31
 
well it's been almost a month since my last post and things are looking much better. Bought a britta water filter jug which filtered the tap water down to a ph of 6 which is great, have been using the filtered water from jug for water changes and the ph has come down to just under 8.
The brown algea seems to have cleared itself since I stopped the 90% water changes.
My Axo is still going strong, I decided the decor I had was not really suitable for him so have had a major redesign in the tank and got 2 small pieces of driftwood and 1 large piece of driftwood and a plastic tree stump with roots - he now has lots of things to climb and hide in.
I also started adding in a few extra species to see how they got on - started with a rock shrimp (2 inch long) and a couple of red claw crabs (small) and 4 small cherry shrimps to give the Axo some live food to keep him occupied. Some would say not the best of species to mix with the Axo however with all the nooks and crannies now created with the driftwood pieces they remain very much separate. I have noticed the rock shrimp and the Axo investigating each other and almost seemed friendly towards each other, now they don't take a blind bit of notice of each other and on many occasions have been face to face without batting an eyelid. 2 of the cherry shrimps still remain but I'm sure they won't be around for long.
A week later I invested in 3 more crabs, 2 red claw and 1 panther crab and another rock shrimp, it's great to see them all scuttering around the driftwood cleaning algea from everything.
Yesterday I decided to go for it and get 2 fish to see how they get on, I went with your advice and got "cichlids" - 2 tiger oscars. So far so good, the Axo is fine with them as they are too big for him to mistake for food, they seem to be thriving in the water so fingers crossed!!!
I was told about the size the tiger oscars can grow to and was questioned about the set up I have for them and it was advised that I didn't get anything else for the tank which is fine by me, I have plenty to look at in the tank now anyway.

So I think it's fair to say my problems are over now, I have my Axo occupying the bottom of the tank along with all the critters hiding amongst the nooks and crannies within the driftwood, and the 2 fish occupying the rest of the tank.

Thanks for all your help, I will continue to post and will update my tank picture with the new setup!
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Old 01-01-2010, 12:13 PM   #32
 
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big yay on the algae issue!! Mine is finally GONE as well....what a headache and time effort ain't it!?

Just a question on the side there....are the 2 tiger oscar in the 110l (29g) tank? Has the guy at the store told you they grow to like 15-18"?
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:27 AM   #33
 
certainly is, I wish I had of known at the start that shrimps and crabs would eat through a majority of it (and probably would have stopped it from getting out of hand in the first place) but hey ho, you live and learn.

Yes they are, the guy in the store said they'll grow up to 12 inches but he said if I didn't get any other fish (that are of course compatible with Tiger Oscars) then the set up I have should suffice, although it's only a 29g tank it's long and tall so would be enough room for them. He did ask lots of questions about my tank so I figured he knew his stuff (rather than just sell them without a care in the world).

I don't know how long it takes for them to reach that size but I guess if they outgrow their current tank I could always invest in a bigger tank, but I hope that would be at least several years away?

On a slightly separate note, the store guy said they would eat peas, so I put a few peas in yesterday, yes they ate a few but I was slightly surprised when 1 of the oscars appeared to be playing football with a pea!!! lol
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:37 AM   #34
 
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I personally do not house them (cause they'd snack up everybody else) but all articles I know recommend tanks starting at 70g for a set of 2 Oscars because of their size and behavior. And they'll VERY LIKELY exceed 1ft easily. Under proper care which I'm sure you have they will grow pretty quick, I'm assuming what you have right now are baby's, so you're not talking SEVERAL yrs there really.

LOL well just like any good kid: Gotta play with your food right lol
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