Thanks OFL, I heard varying opinions that Oscars need a 55 or a 75, I was just wondering your opinion :). If this does happen, I was going to use whatever filter it comes with, or buy a new, more powerful, filter, along with a heater( the tank has, or had, goldfish) and I was going to do weekly 50%. Thanks!
I no longer have my Oscars...had to re-home them because they out-grew their 75gal tank...dang-it......55gal is doable for one Oscar, however, since they are somewhat social-they tend to do best with a buddy and 55gal isn't big enough for 2....and these guys grow fast...faster than you think when given proper care and nutrition...they are really messy eater and poop machines....the more water changes the better....I was doing twice weekly 90% most weeks and this was with 2 big HOB filters and big sponge filter...mine loved water changes and would play in the fresh water as it flowed in.....neat fish...playful like puppies...lol......I wish I had a place for a 125gal-225gal tank in the house....I would have a pair again and more cichlids for that matter.....lol.....but 55gal is a good start for one Oscar.....
Loralyn-yes, I add livestock the same day I set one up-provided that you have the right number and species of plants to start it is safe-you do have to make several water changes until the tank is mature-I like to start with a filter-but you don't have to..just makes it easier...
I'd been looking at some of your pictures of your NPT's and love them. I've also read a lot of the tips that you've given on how to do them, as in putting soil down first, then plant substrate, making sure the water is clear before putting in plants, and how you need a lot of stem plants as well as a few floaters. I wanted to do a shrimp bowl as an NPT and saw that you said you add the fish that same day. Do you not have to worry about letting it cycle or anything before hand? And is a filter necessary for it starting off right, I know you said that you took them out after a while, but i didnt know if I could just not use one at all. Thanks in advance for any advice!
I posted a message on the Betta Fish Care Forum titled (My Betta Fish Stopped Eating). This has been a struggle for me to firgure out how to post and than were to find it. I hope I have that correct and you find it there.
I am a new Betta fish owner as of two months ago. Now, his color looks a little pale. He has been laying at the bottom of the tank. I changed his water and he did start to swim around more. Now he is not eating. I just bought a 5 gallon tank with a filter, heater, water conditioner, ammonie alert, thermometer, aquarium salt, the whole works. Set it up last night and today I have been conditioning him for his new home.
Any and all advise would be helpful. Thanks