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worsethanzombies 11-27-2009 04:46 PM

The ideal tank for a Ghost Knife and Red Belly Pacus/Oscar?
 
I am looking into getting a Ghost Knife and an Oscar. I've kept Oscars in the past, and I have a 55 with a UG filter to fit. I'm on prettty low budget and already have smooth gravel and everything, though it'll be a while before I can get the fish.

Would I be able to keep an Oscar with these fish, or no?

Plenty of questions to come, if you have information, please give it.

Thanks much,
Charlie

NC Frank 11-27-2009 06:27 PM

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Originally Posted by worsethanzombies (Post 281041)
I am looking into getting a Ghost Knife and an Oscar. I've kept Oscars in the past, and I have a 55 with a UG filter to fit. I'm on prettty low budget and already have smooth gravel and everything, though it'll be a while before I can get the fish.

Would I be able to keep an Oscar with these fish, or no?

Plenty of questions to come, if you have information, please give it.

Thanks much,
Charlie

55 gallon isn't big enough for a single Oscar. I would recommend 75 gallons for a single specimen though most will recommend ever larger (which I understand). Oscars are also very messy fish so you would need some serious filtration.

kelly528 11-27-2009 06:33 PM

Same for Pacus... you are looking at at least a 100g tank for those guys I believe.

And as far as cheap filtration goes, I actually find that more expensive filters (they usually don't require those stupid carbon inserts) actually pretty much pay for themselves in the long term because the filter media lasts forever and is dirt cheap.

By replacing my free Aquatec 20-40 with a $40 Fluval 2 Plus, I have calculated that I will pay for it in about a year from all the filter inserts I no longer have to buy!


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