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sericinda 04-01-2010 10:23 PM

90 Gallon Stocking Question
 
I'm picking up a 90 gallon tank next week and really miss having oscars. It's been 15 years since I had them though, and at that time I didn't know much about fish and did the usual "bunch in a 55" thing. Now I know better!

However...I want to make sure I do it right this time. The tank has 2 aqua-tech filters, a 20/40 and a 30/60. I'm going to be getting a rena filstar xp3 canister to add to this as well.

Can I keep two oscars in this setup? I will be getting juveniles to grow up together. Any suggestions for bottom-type tankmates?

bettalover2033 04-01-2010 11:34 PM

the best answer for me to give you about these beautiful fish is get zebra plecos they are the best they do help to manage you tank being clean a little.. if not zebra plecos then any pleco i just think that if you can access zebra plecos (2 to 3 the most of plecos) for cheap then you have a good deal and also they are very cool (my opinion)... but do remember the more fish you add the less your oscar will grow. but as the oscar as growing then you should have some tank mates (but be sure that even baby Oscars can be dangerous and aggressive) also (no aggressive fish for the sake of the baby oscar or adult Oscar) this reminds me im getting an oscar next week, they are just beautiful fish and amazingly big. when they are adults..
if you want tank mates as they are growing or just to have when they are adults then a Jack Dempsey is the best choice!!


so what kind of oscar are you going to get a baby an adult??????

sericinda 04-02-2010 12:06 AM

I'm keeping my eye out for a well marked albino tiger and a well marked red tiger. Lfs has a nice baby tiger with some really interesting pattern and colour. I may get him. I don't ike the albinos they have though so waiting until they get more or will check out the fish stores in the next city. Will likely get babies though.

They will have to do with each other for tankmates though...no sense stocking with fish I will have to re-tank later. This will be my last tank setup.

I like the zebra plecto idea...I will see if my lfs can order them
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bettalover2033 04-02-2010 12:42 AM

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Originally Posted by sericinda (Post 355433)
I'm keeping my eye out for a well marked albino tiger and a well marked red tiger. Lfs has a nice baby tiger with some really interesting pattern and colour. I may get him. I don't ike the albinos they have though so waiting until they get more or will check out the fish stores in the next city. Will likely get babies though.

They will have to do with each other for tankmates though...no sense stocking with fish I will have to re-tank later. This will be my last tank setup.

I like the zebra plecto idea...I will see if my lfs can order them
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i love zebra plecos they make your tank more attractive...mostly when they stick on the glass of the tank.:-D

well im going to be getting a 35 gallon tank for my oscar will that work?? do you think??:-D

sericinda 04-02-2010 09:36 AM

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Originally Posted by bettalover2033 (Post 355449)
i love zebra plecos they make your tank more attractive...mostly when they stick on the glass of the tank.:-D

well im going to be getting a 35 gallon tank for my oscar will that work?? do you think??:-D

From my research, one single oscar shouldn't live in anything less than a 55. I saw an ad for someone selling a very large oscar that was in a 30 gallon and he had NO room to move. Was very sad. They also grow very fast so I would say absolutely not to anything less than a 55 for just one with no tankmates.

I researched the zebra pleco. Might get one for my 120gallon but they are too peaceful to be with an oscar in my opinion. Going to go with a regular pleco for the oscar tank as I have a rather large one that would be happier in a 90 gallon than in the 30 he is in now.

iamntbatman 04-03-2010 05:49 AM

I think 75g is a good minimum for oscars. A 55g might have enough water volume-wise but the width of the tank is just too small. It's just about the same size, maybe slightly less, than an adult oscar which would making turning around difficult for the fish. I definitely would not put a zebra pleco with an oscar. No sense in giving your oscar a $200 snack.

sericinda 04-03-2010 10:46 AM

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Originally Posted by iamntbatman (Post 356053)
I think 75g is a good minimum for oscars. A 55g might have enough water volume-wise but the width of the tank is just too small. It's just about the same size, maybe slightly less, than an adult oscar which would making turning around difficult for the fish. I definitely would not put a zebra pleco with an oscar. No sense in giving your oscar a $200 snack.

I never thought about the wdith, good point.

The 90 I'm getting is 18 wide so that should be good for them.

I laughed at myself after I researched zebra pleco...def not a good oscar tankmate, no! Not sure why she suggested that :)
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