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Old 03-05-2012, 10:35 AM   #1
 
Oscar questions

Would a Tiger Oscar be okay in a 55g? or would he need something more, such as a 75g or bigger?

I was planning on keeping one Tiger Oscar in a 55g, a couple snails, and 4 or 5 feeder guppies (I know these will turn into Oscar Food, I don't mind.)

I'm not going to put any other fish in there, as I'm aware it will be way too much. Though I was curious about a pleco. If I could possibly put one of them in there to help keep it clean.

Also, I've heard not to feed oscars feeder guppies, due to the fact they are kept in poor conditions. I fully understand, but we breed them and they stay very healthy. So I figure now and then as a treat I'd put some guppies in there for him.

One last thing, bubbles. Should I get a bubble wall for the Oscar?
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:13 PM   #2
 
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Would a Tiger Oscar be okay in a 55g? or would he need something more, such as a 75g or bigger?

I was planning on keeping one Tiger Oscar in a 55g, a couple snails, and 4 or 5 feeder guppies (I know these will turn into Oscar Food, I don't mind.)

I'm not going to put any other fish in there, as I'm aware it will be way too much. Though I was curious about a pleco. If I could possibly put one of them in there to help keep it clean.

Also, I've heard not to feed oscars feeder guppies, due to the fact they are kept in poor conditions. I fully understand, but we breed them and they stay very healthy. So I figure now and then as a treat I'd put some guppies in there for him.

One last thing, bubbles. Should I get a bubble wall for the Oscar?
an oscar has the potential to be 14 inches long, commonly get 1ft+ and a 55 is only 11.5 inches wide if i remember right. i would say no unless you already have a tank waiting for it thats bigger when it grows up.

think about a 12-14 inch fish being in the 55 gallon and how much room it would have.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:57 AM   #3
 
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I agree with above.
Oscars grow fairly quickly with good care, and would need larger aquarium as adult fish and vigorous filtration.
Most of the Oscars for sale, are around three inches to four inches long or larger, and could reach eight inches inside six months.a 75 gallon tank could support adult fish on it's own with no other tankmates provided good maint schedule is in place.
Plecos are cool fish in my view and I keep several of them, but they are not to be viewed as clean up fish for they produce much more waste (poop) than any benefit that they may provide with respect to cleaning.
Adding pleco(s) is only adding considerably more waste to the tank.(poop)
Best clean up for tanks holding large cichlids such as Oscar's, is gravel vaccuming.
Can keep gravel not too deep ,and this will make vaccuming more effective along with not over feeding the fish.
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:11 AM   #4
 
Thanks guys, I'll get a 75g or 100g. I want to make sure he definitely has enough room.

I was planning on getting sand, so all his stuff will just sit on top, and will be easier to vacuum.

Bubble wall, do you think this is a good idea? Or do you think he'd have fun just tearing it up?

And lastly, everyones telling me to get a good filter. Do you have any suggestions of what kind?
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:26 AM   #5
 
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Large canister filter such as Fluval FX5 would be my choice, or a couple Aquaclear 110's mounted on each end of the tank if you like hang on the back filter's.
Sand can work but large gravel would be my choice due to the large size of adult fish, and possibility of sand getting into impeller assembly of filter when fish begins rooting around substrate, and or thrashing about in excitement at feeding time.
Could put pre-filter sponge over filter intake while fish is small to help keep sand from finding it's way into filter, but when adult size,,this,along with bubble curtain would prolly become trashed.
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