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majorcali 05-21-2007 11:02 PM

my question
 
i got a 20 gal tank i dont know some bio wheel filter system a little sunken ship that has air bubbles that comes out of it.... i got 2 oscars, 1 texas cichlid my tank is set at about 78f i am open to any advise this is my first tank i dont want to wake up and my fish are dead i was told them to feed them beef hearts i was told that the pack i got would last 30 days it has 30 peices in it but i dont know how much or how often to feed them any advise is appreciated, Major

Enzo 05-21-2007 11:09 PM

did u cycle the tank and for those fish youll need proably 50 gallons

Daz 05-22-2007 03:03 AM

Hello majorcali, and welcome.

Your probably going to get told this alot in replies to this post, but your tank is way to small for the inhabitants. Take them back to your LFS and get something a wee more suitable for the size of tank you have. :D

Silverreng 06-22-2007 02:22 PM

Im new here but dont ya think the Oscars will eventualy eat the other guy in any size tank?

miagrrl 06-23-2007 08:14 AM

the oscars are gonna get waaaaay too big- and yeah, they may eventually eat the other fish.

mHeinitz57 06-23-2007 11:01 AM

give your ascars a wider variety of food too if you decide to keep them. Oscars will eat a lot and will grow quickly which is why I agree with everyone else here that you need at least a 50 gallon for just those 2 oscars. Being dirty fish, you would also want a large filter with good circulation, probably a canister filter rated for 75 gallon tanks or more. Frozen food are great, I would mix it up more with brine shrimp, beefheart, spirulina, algea, spinach, etc. MOst frozen foods you find will be suitable but a common problem with oscars is malnutrition because they don't get a varied diet or enough food. Try to aoid live feeder fish for a loooong time. Many people want to feed feeder fish as soon as they can and that can lead to infections later on or malnutrition as they oscars sometimes stop eating anything else besides goldfish. Get a good pellet food too, that should be his main diet since it is well-rounded and fortified. I feed mine chopped peas too to help bring out color, aid in digestion and provide vegetable matter.


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