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Old 10-27-2012, 12:14 PM   #281
 
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Strangely enough we did 2 Balas (never saw aggression ever!!!0 in with 3 Oscars. You have the space for them and apparently you do not/should not feed them live goldfish feeder fish. They really are not good for them and can be fed pellets apparently instead. They get to lunch plate sized. They are quite comical but a group might find 2 pairing off and then you have to make a decision about the rest. I would do them, they are my favorite. Get a group of small ones.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:16 PM   #282
 
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Sorry I just did the "insert fish here" thing!!
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:23 PM   #283
 
Rams aren't difficult.U have 2 Electric Blue Rams(24.99)a piece(yikes)but they are beautiful
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:24 PM   #284
 
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LOL, the [insert fish here] was people telling me NOT to get balas, to get another fish instead. As opposed to getting something that can go with the balas. Since I already have balas, and really like the balas, I'm keeping balas.

I assume you're suggesting getting Oscars in addition to (not instead of) the Balas? So you're not doing the [insert fish here] haha.

Maybe I have been way off base about Oscars. I thought the deal was you could only have one in a tank, and they didn't get along with anything else.

If that's not the case, I'll start reading more about them.

So you kept a couple of balas?? How big did they get? I'm incredibly curious as to how long it takes for them to reach 10-12".

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This is from the Oscar profile onsite:

" This fish likes to rearrange its environment, so plants will not usually survive, and some may be eaten."

Damn plants, making everything that much more complicated. :)

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Old 10-27-2012, 12:50 PM   #285
 
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Oscars don't do well in planted tanks neither do common plecos but bristle nose plecos are good. My clown loaches started eating some if my plant the soft leaf plants and my Val's I had holes in the middle of my Val's Nd they ate a hole plant so I started giving them veggie plattys and now they are leaving my plants alone I have my new bulbs in my tank now the 6700k and they have a pink spectrum as to the blue spectrum the 12000k ones plus brighter I will try to upload the picture of when I had one of each in my tank to show the difference the mobile version doesn't have a spot to add a picture
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:56 PM   #286
 
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Wow, didn't know clowns each plants too. God at least with my Silver Dollar tank as long as the fish fit, and get along, I don't have plants to worry about. They really make stocking a tank trickier.

I'm wondering if mine are helping the cycle at all. I wish I had a test kit! Last I checked the ammonia was dropping.

New lights huh? I guess that is something else I have to look into. Yikes. First I'm going to see if the plants I have can live with liquid fertilizer and my existing lights. That would be nice.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:10 PM   #287
 
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You know we had our 90 gallon (in my previous life (husband)!) with 3 Full size Oscars / 2 Bala's all from babies bought at the same time. That tank lasted the longest, was the barest LOL only 2 pieces of big driftwood for the huge Pleco, and some ya.. plastic plants. They got so big that we basically kept taking more stuff out of the tank. But you have 220!! Holy freakin' 220!! 2 and a half times what we had. I think we had those 5 fish for about 10 years. Oscars are a Cichlid and yes are quite comical, big puppies with personalities. We did not have any aggression until we re-homed the Bala's, and one Oscar died. The 2 remaining Oscars played tug of war with their mouths daily splashing water up the walls. I think we donated them to a LFS at that point. By then we had 2 small kids, neither of us wanted to deal with a tank and we sold the whole set up. I miss those Oscars very much.
The Bala's got to at least 10 inches and had no where to swim in 48 inches of water. They need to be in the Shark tank at Big Al's to truly have fun!! lol. That would be fun to watch rather than the poor shark going round in circles!! JMO!
Oscars take awhile to grow but also get quite big, about 8", but you can house 1 in a 55Gal min so that isn't huge! That Pleco you are considering will definitely eat your nice new plants!!

Have you seen the 200 degree tank at the Dusseldorf Aquazoo?
(perfect for Bala's !!)

My NEW Hubby promises me we will visit it!
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:15 PM   #288
 
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Aponogeton ulvaceus is a soft plant that the clowns were eating as well as the vals but that has stopped since I started giving them the veggie rounds I guess they need it in their diets they haven't bothered the other plants

I have attached a picture of the difference of lights the pink on the left is the 6700k and the blue on the right is the 12000k
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:17 PM   #289
 
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That tank at the Dusseldorf Aquazoo is amazing.

Plants really seem to limit the types of fish you can put in a tank.

Balas seem to get along with anything big enough that they don't fit in their mouths, and anything not bothered by their fast, active swimming.

It's easier to find fish that coexist with balas than it is to find ones that can coexist with plants, lol.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:18 PM   #290
 
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Aponogeton ulvaceus is a soft plant that the clowns were eating as well as the vals but that has stopped since I started giving them the veggie rounds I guess they need it in their diets they haven't bothered the other plants

I have attached a picture of the difference of lights the pink on the left is the 6700k and the blue on the right is the 12000k
Holy smokes, what a difference! It changes the whole look. Which are new, the pink or the blue? Do you have half and half just for a comparison picture, or is it staying that way?

I can't remember, is 6700 and 12000 the wattage?

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