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Old 04-11-2011, 06:27 PM   #11
 
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Thanks for the info, but I am not returning any of them. I will order a couple 125 gallons today. That will be enough for the three Green Terrors right? And the Oscar will have his own 125 gal.
Three Green Terrors in a 125 gallon tank with plenty of hiding places is the best bet since you plan on keeping them all. However, be adviced that even with that tank size and proper placement of caves and hiding rocks, you will still have a high risk of extreme aggression that can lead to death. I am not sure how to sex Green Terrors, but I do know that one male is all you need, and hope the other two are female, or all three females, as more than one male will be a major issue regardless. But over all, I think a 125 gallon tank will house them as best as anyone could hope for. Good Luck & Congrats!

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Well the people I got these from have an albino tiger oscar who they want to get rid of as well, so I will go with the 125 gal.

Do you think the 4 of them will be fine in the 55gal while the 125gals cycle?
I think they should be fine, as it shouldnt take more than a month or month and a half to cycle the tank. If it becomes noticable that the green terrors are tormenting the oscar, even with just a lot of chasing, you can put a tank divider in the 55 gal and line rocks and/or plants on the sides of the divider to hide their sight of one another. The Oscar will grow faster than the green terrors, so it is possible he could bully the green terrors in the beginning.

Is the albino oscar the same size of your current oscar? Or were they previous tankmates? If size or temperment is significant you will want to take special precautions when putting both oscars in the tank together (the 125 gal). Although that is enough room for two, oscars will pick on other oscars relentlessly. I would even consider adding a thrid oscar of similar size and temperment if picking becomes an issue to thin out the aggression.

Also look into the feeding habits of the oscars and the green terrors, as Oscars are more carnivores and Green Terrors are more omnivores I believe, so their diets will be slightly different.

Good Luck, 125 gallons sounds like lovely homes for each species.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:41 PM   #12
 
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However, be adviced that even with that tank size and proper placement of caves and hiding rocks, you will still have a high risk of extreme aggression that can lead to death.
I will keep an eye out for any aggression, thank you for your help! :)

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Is the albino oscar the same size of your current oscar? Or were they previous tankmates? If size or temperment is significant you will want to take special precautions when putting both oscars in the tank together (the 125 gal). Although that is enough room for two, oscars will pick on other oscars relentlessly. I would even consider adding a thrid oscar of similar size and temperment if picking becomes an issue to thin out the aggression.
Alright will do. They are previous tank mates and the albino is a little tiny bit larger, but nothing to worry about.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:45 PM   #13
 
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I will keep an eye out for any aggression, thank you for your help! :)

Alright will do. They are previous tank mates and the albino is a little tiny bit larger, but nothing to worry about.

You're Welcome :)

Sounds like a great start to me!! I am sure we all look forward to pictures.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:03 PM   #14
 
Sorry for being the debbie downer but a tank takes allong long time to cycle as I am learning with my ten gallon. still you should be fine until it cycles but try to put some filter media from the 55 or 10 into the 125.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:08 PM   #15
 
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Sorry for being the debbie downer but a tank takes allong long time to cycle as I am learning with my ten gallon. still you should be fine until it cycles but try to put some filter media from the 55 or 10 into the 125.
I can cycle a tank in 2 weeks. I use substrate and media from other tanks I have that are already cycled.
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Okay never mind then.
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