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Freddy 09-19-2010 02:41 PM

My 90 gallon aquarium has been up and running for over a month now, and there are still no fish in it. My parents (my mom, mainly) are against any eels, and since I have to have a credit card to get an eel online, I decided to go with something else. So in my lfs, I saw some little albino oscars, and thought "how cute". So I went home, did some research, and decided to get 2 oscars. They will both be albino, and I hope they turn out great. I know exactly what to feed them and how to take care of them, and I have found a way to cool down my aquarium water during the summer, even when full cold tap is 88+ degrees F. Gotta go now. Bye!

badxgillen 09-19-2010 02:53 PM

astronautus ocellatus
sweet i love a good much personality....i used to have an oscar that would do back flips for joke i had to stop once he hit the floor and had to put him back...any how...let us know how it goes...

ElectricBlueJackDempsey 09-19-2010 05:56 PM

oscars are notoriously messy eaters and before you decide to get those oscars, you should look at all your other options. If you are looking for large South American cichlids, you should consider some of the others. For example, the Green Terror, Jack Dempsey, Red Devil, Severum, Jaguar Cichlid, ect.

Freddy 09-22-2010 06:16 PM

Hey everyone, here's an update:

I got back from the lfs (actually not local anymore, about 10-15 miles out), and had spent $90 on aquarium stuff yesterday. I got 2 albino oscars, food for them, more water conditioner, plant additive (not really fertilizer, just stuff you add to the water), several Amazon swords, a white ribbon plant, a moss ball (I've always wanted one), a couple of tropica fern plants (thought I was getting Java fern at the store - does anyone know if these are the same thing pretty much?), and another plant that I forget its name right now. The oscars are now swimming happily around their huge tank that they have all to themselves, and will follow you along the tank as you walk by. They are about 2" long each, and will sometimes hide under a plant or piece of driftwood if they're scared. They are learning to take food from my hand and to eat shrimps and pellets.

Does anyone know of good tankmates for oscars? I don't want anything that might kill them if they try to swallow it, like the catfish and clown loaches, that have retractable spines, or anything that will get eaten. I was thinking maybe a BGK? It could fend for itself and would grow at a considerably faster rate than the oscars, although they are already too big to be eaten by all but the largest mouthed BGK. I would also like a bottom feeder to help with algae on driftwood and places the scraper can't reach. Maybe a Farlowella catfish? Do those have spines on their sides?

PRichs87 09-22-2010 07:48 PM

If you are adding plants to your Oscar tank, I'm sorry to say that you just wasted a TON of money. Your Oscars will be destroying your plants shortly!

ElectricBlueJackDempsey 09-22-2010 10:01 PM

i was told the same thing for my JD and salvini cichlid and all plants are still rooted. When I had Oscars, they would dig huge pits in the gravel, which my Jd and salvini don't.

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