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post #21 of 33 Old 10-22-2009, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
oh sry cool this is my third tank spread out over years first tank with a oscar second tank with cichlid last tank i had convicts in it with goldfish they actually got along lol
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post #22 of 33 Old 10-22-2009, 08:24 PM
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lol, yeah i plan on having several tanks....they are amazingly relaxing to watch and i am offcially OBSESSED!!!

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post #23 of 33 Old 10-22-2009, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
yea everybody is obbessed i want 220 in my living room wall just waiting for one to pop up on craigslist lol i almost had one last month darn it

65 gallon tank
1 oscar 7inch
1 firemouth 4inch
1 common pleco 6inch
1 long finned tiger oscar 3inch

45 gallon tank
2 rainbow tetra 3inch
2 skirt tetra 2inch
1 blue ram 2 inch
1 clown pleco 2 inch

15 gallon tank
1 sailfin pleco 2 inch
1 electric blue jd 2 half inch
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post #24 of 33 Old 10-22-2009, 08:53 PM
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yeah...im taking BABY steps.....my next is gonna be a 50 or 55.....i also wanna get a male betta....i think they are so pretty!! so before the 50 ill be getting a 2.5 or 5 gal for him

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post #25 of 33 Old 10-22-2009, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
yea im into the african and south american cichlids i love there colors i wann do salt water bad

65 gallon tank
1 oscar 7inch
1 firemouth 4inch
1 common pleco 6inch
1 long finned tiger oscar 3inch

45 gallon tank
2 rainbow tetra 3inch
2 skirt tetra 2inch
1 blue ram 2 inch
1 clown pleco 2 inch

15 gallon tank
1 sailfin pleco 2 inch
1 electric blue jd 2 half inch
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post #26 of 33 Old 10-22-2009, 09:00 PM
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An oscar fish by themselves need 55 gals minimum they are a messy fish. Also a pleco makes a big mess because it produces a lot of waste. Another problem. So your bioload is probably through the roof. Adding more fish is just going to make it worse. Being territorial fish, your fish are probably fighting with eachother because they lack their own space.

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post #27 of 33 Old 10-22-2009, 09:03 PM
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just a question i forgot to ask....do you test your water??

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post #28 of 33 Old 10-22-2009, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
never ever have i winged it all my life

65 gallon tank
1 oscar 7inch
1 firemouth 4inch
1 common pleco 6inch
1 long finned tiger oscar 3inch

45 gallon tank
2 rainbow tetra 3inch
2 skirt tetra 2inch
1 blue ram 2 inch
1 clown pleco 2 inch

15 gallon tank
1 sailfin pleco 2 inch
1 electric blue jd 2 half inch
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post #29 of 33 Old 10-22-2009, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
i change the water every three weeeks and thats about it and my fish never die and there colors are bright as can be

65 gallon tank
1 oscar 7inch
1 firemouth 4inch
1 common pleco 6inch
1 long finned tiger oscar 3inch

45 gallon tank
2 rainbow tetra 3inch
2 skirt tetra 2inch
1 blue ram 2 inch
1 clown pleco 2 inch

15 gallon tank
1 sailfin pleco 2 inch
1 electric blue jd 2 half inch
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post #30 of 33 Old 10-22-2009, 09:26 PM
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i change the water every three weeeks and thats about it and my fish never die and there colors are bright as can be
With that many fish you will be wanting to do a water change like everyday. Probably 30%.
You should also get a test kit, your ammonia and nitrites are probably out of control.
1.) A single oscar fish needs a minimum of 55 gallons to itself. You have two in your 55 gallon tank.
2.) Your common pleco gets really big, so this already creates a problem. Also they create a lot of waste and are probably adding more to your bioload than helping out your tank.

So just with those fish your tank is already overstocked.
Not to mention the firemouth. All of these are extremelly territorial and your tank will either spiral out of control because of unstable water parameters or they will start to fight over space. They may be calmer now because they are still smallish and young. However its going to happen and my money would be on one of the oscars.

You might want to start rehoming fish soon.

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