Tiger Oscar Aquarium on a Budget
The 2 cichlids I need to bring home are roughly 1.5-2" and I can only get a 20gal tank for now. How long can they stay in that tank? What about a 30 or 40gal tank? I realize they'll need a lot more space overall, but right now it just isn't possible.
Also, are there any fish that could help clean up their mess while they're in the 20gal, or is that just way too small for it to be a possibility?
These are not the type of fish I would have liked to start out with since they seem to be a little difficult. I don't know anyone around here that wants them though and Petsmart won't take them back. I refuse to just leave them to die at my old work :/
EDIT: A pet store in my area told me that the growth rate is similar to a ball python in that it can be somewhat controlled. He said if I only feed my fish a couple times a week they'll be fine, but they will not grow quite as fast and therefore will allow me time to get a larger tank.
Oscars are extremely fast growing fish. they can grow from 1 to 2 inches per month. my Tiger Oscar was about the same size as yours are now and he is now a good 12 inches and I've had him less than a year. they're also extremely messy fish. I would not start them in a 20 gallon even at that size. maybe you can post an ad on Craigslist. one Oscar alone will need a 75 gallon tank. Two would need a 6 ft tank. I know right now they are small but it won't be long at all until they need that bigger tank. What the petshop owner was talking about is called stunting and is not healthy for the fish. Always best to buy the right size tank and then the fish rather than the other way around.
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Craigslist isn't turning up anything right now unfortunately, but I'll keep trying.
Ok so a 20gal is clearly out of the question, but a 37gal or so may work for awhile. I will do whatever I possibly can to make sure the water is clean and they're healthy. I only need them to be in this tank (or slightly larger) for 6 months. After that, I can buy a much larger tank because I'll have my own house.
They can't be in a 37 for 6 months. It will harm them. You are really best off leaving them in the 250.
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