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Old 06-25-2012, 10:01 PM   #41
 
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And you have a kick ass tank, so why not also have a rain storm built in. Lol. Great idea!

Is it common for them to eat their babies? Cant you take them away from the parents? or are they mouth brooders?
How often do they breed? If it can be replicated by a water change, do they breed all year long?

Sorry for the questions! Just interested! =]
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:35 PM   #42
 
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And you have a kick ass tank, so why not also have a rain storm built in. Lol. Great idea!

Is it common for them to eat their babies? Cant you take them away from the parents? or are they mouth brooders?
How often do they breed? If it can be replicated by a water change, do they breed all year long?

Sorry for the questions! Just interested! =]
LoL.. Thanks

It is very common for them to eat first batch. You can take them away but the survival rate is just the same as if they took care of them on their own. I wouldn't recommend taking them out just let them do their thing and learn from it. They aren't mouthbrooders but they do eat any of the eggs that are infected so that the bacteria doesnt spread to the other healthy eggs. They also eat any of the eggs that aren't fertile. Those are the only questions I can answer oscars are new to me so I'm still learning I just been reading A LOT! LoL if I come across the answer online I'll let you know. Till then it's just a learning process.

If anyone is trying to breed oscars just keep in mind that they will lay between 1,500-2,000 eggs or more... Have a plan ready. Oscars can grow about an inch a month.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:36 AM   #43
 
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The water level was low due to doing a water change (20%) and instead of just using a hose to fill it up I use the rain simulator which is connected to the sink until my water pump comes in.
Smart idea!
I want to get an oscar since i was 3. maybe when i am older!
Love the ideas!
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:10 PM   #44
 
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Hey Jay,

Just looked through your entire thread here and noticed the progress. The tank is looking great and it has come a long way.

I really love what you did with the door and the framing around the tank. That roping around the glass finished it off!

I have some things I think could really make the tank come together. Have you thought about getting stones and longer pieces of driftwood for the tank? If you get some good sized stones and driftwood it will fill the tank in more giving you more dept and just spacial breakers. I like that whole natural feel you know.

Is there any reason why you chose Blue for the backdrop of the tank? Personally I like black. Just wondering.

I know you can't have plants with the oscars but have you ever thought about maybe Java Ferns on Driftwood or Anubias on Driftwood. That way the roots wouldn't be buried. I love the look of the natural plants. Would the oscars do well with floating plants?

I found this while researching the Lake Tanganyika Aquascape:

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Vallisneria is the only commercially available species, but Anubias and Java Fern are also suitable if the aquariast is willing to bend the biotope rules
For the fake plants, have you thought about getting a bunch of the same kind and bundling them together in a corner to create a bush kind of deal. Just small ideas to make things come together and not feel too open.

On your videos I like the new intro and the professional closing, if you could use steady camera shots with more than one angle it would bring things together. Maybe get a different camera so you can cut between them two or something. Good work though. Did you make that intro yourself? Looks good and professional.

If you have seen those Japanese professional aquarium competition videos, those are like what I am talking about. They have cool transitions and keep a steady shot of the tank so you can see the life in it. There are sometimes good zoom ins where they follow a specific fish and stuff.

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Old 06-27-2012, 11:12 PM   #45
 
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Hey Jay,

Just looked through your entire thread here and noticed the progress. The tank is looking great and it has come a long way.

I really love what you did with the door and the framing around the tank. That roping around the glass finished it off!

I have some things I think could really make the tank come together. Have you thought about getting stones and longer pieces of driftwood for the tank? If you get some good sized stones and driftwood it will fill the tank in more giving you more dept and just spacial breakers. I like that whole natural feel you know.

Is there any reason why you chose Blue for the backdrop of the tank? Personally I like black. Just wondering.

I know you can't have plants with the oscars but have you ever thought about maybe Java Ferns on Driftwood or Anubias on Driftwood. That way the roots wouldn't be buried. I love the look of the natural plants. Would the oscars do well with floating plants?

I found this while researching the Lake Tanganyika Aquascape:



For the fake plants, have you thought about getting a bunch of the same kind and bundling them together in a corner to create a bush kind of deal. Just small ideas to make things come together and not feel too open.

On your videos I like the new intro and the professional closing, if you could use steady camera shots with more than one angle it would bring things together. Maybe get a different camera so you can cut between them two or something. Good work though. Did you make that intro yourself? Looks good and professional.

If you have seen those Japanese professional aquarium competition videos, those are like what I am talking about. They have cool transitions and keep a steady shot of the tank so you can see the life in it. There are sometimes good zoom ins where they follow a specific fish and stuff.
Thank You..

Haven't picked up more decoration since I was going to sell my live stock and decor. And go with a whole new setup and fishes. But had to hold off since my oscars started to mate.Once I get the eggs hatched and sell the fry's i'll use the money towards the new setup. I have the 125 Gal on stand by for all the little fry's.

As for the blue background, that's just how I got the tank. I wouldnt mind black also but its ok I'll have a 3D rock background installed soon. Just waiting on a few things to go back in stock.

I dont know how they would do with floating plants.

As far as the videos..Thanks!!.. I had someone make me the intro. But everything else is all me.I might buy a GoPro underwater camera, been thinking about it. I have a HD cam but want to add some underwater shots.


Appreciate the input and suggestion.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:30 PM   #46
 
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Today my girl woke me up telling me the oscars laid more eggs YEY!!

Then I had to go to a meeting at work... only to find that they ate almost all the eggs when I got home.

So I rushed out to home depot and picked up an egg crate panel and made a divider. Also made a quick stop at petsmart to pick up some prime, anti-fungal medication for the eggs and Accu-Clear. I cleaned up a small 5 Gal I had laying around, set up a small bubbler and did a 20% water change on the 240 gal. Placed a new stone for them to lay their eggs on and gave them their own space. I'll have to wait 2 weeks to see if they start to lay again.. and in 3 days i'll see if I hatched the surviving 55 or so eggs. doesn't hurt to try I guess and learn something new.

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Old 06-30-2012, 03:46 AM   #47
 
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Wassup everyone

I have a quick questions, Hope some of you guys can help me with.

My other light fixture should be in next week. YEY! and my questions is in regards to light cycle.

The light fixture has 3 timers built into one unit. 1: 12000k Bulbs(White) 2: Actinic (Blue) 3:Blue LED

What is a good light cycle?

from what time to what time should I have each light turn on/off?

Right now I have it set this way..
Blue LED 7am-12pm
Actinic 11am-1am
White 4pm-9pm

Natural sunrise light starts at 5am

Any suggestions?


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Old 06-30-2012, 01:13 PM   #48
 
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Wassup everyone

I have a quick questions, Hope some of you guys can help me with.

My other light fixture should be in next week. YEY! and my questions is in regards to light cycle.

The light fixture has 3 timers built into one unit. 1: 12000k Bulbs(White) 2: Actinic (Blue) 3:Blue LED

What is a good light cycle?

from what time to what time should I have each light turn on/off?

Right now I have it set this way..
Blue LED 7am-12pm
Actinic 11am-1am
White 4pm-9pm

Natural sunrise light starts at 5am

Any suggestions?


Thanks
To me that sounds good...althought you could down the actinic to 12am and let the fish get more dark time. I think they would benefit from it.

Everything else sounds good as long as you are not getting algae.

The Go-Pro Cam would be awesome, I'd love to see a video of that when you do get it up. Just remember that it will stress the fish so don't over do it haha.

What are your plans for the aquascape on this?
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:05 AM   #49
 
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Good luck with the Babies!
How are they going so far?
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:55 AM   #50
 
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Update time ..I been sick for the past few days but starting to feel better now..

My other light finally came in..Going to work on the hood next week. Cant wait!!

As for the Oscar eggs... they did not hatch .. guess its all a trial and error thing. But the Oscars are starting to dig again, so there is always next time. At least I have a plan this time. Learning as I go while reading up.

Here's a quick video.. Enjoy :)

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