07-24-2009, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Christian Patti
1. Theres traces of ammonia because inadequate filtration. My canister broke and I had to improvise.
2 The oscar isn't really too big, maybe 5 inches long head to rear fin, and he is the only fish in the tank.
3 I know i should do more frequent water changes but I never seem to get to it.. Maybe I'll mark the days on a calendar or something.
The lackof nitrates in the oscar tank is still odd, but in my honest opinion regular pwc will probably clear all this up. I cannot stress too much the importance of weekly pwc. Find the time; if you intend to keep fish you have to be prepared to give them the necessary care to keep them healthy. And aside from feeding them properly, nothing in an aquarium is as important as weekly partial water changes.
I have written elsewhere on the internal issues this prevents, and won't repeat here. Get in the habit of doing them the same time every week (first thing Saturday or Sunday morning, or whatever). It would take less than an hour to do both tanks; I can do my three tanks (115g, 90g and 70g) in less than 2 hours, and that is with plant triimming included. Take my (and everyone else's) word for it, it is very crucial to a successful aquarium.