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Wise Donkey
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PostPosted: 2003.09.01(Mon)0:28    Post subject: I want to start an oscar tank... Reply with quote

How's it goin'
I need some help from the experts on an oscar tank....

I was thinking of havin 2 oscars in a:
- 4ft*2ft*2ft = 240litres = 64gal (roughly)
- running an eheim 2213 and an UGF
- some driftwood and some plants depending on whether the oscars will have them or not LoL!
- with a 25% water change every 2-4 weeks

What ya'll think? please any help is better then none...

Cheers from Sam in Australia.
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bohica
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PostPosted: 2003.09.01(Mon)7:54    Post subject: Re: I want to start an oscar tank... Reply with quote

Wise Donkey wrote:
How's it goin'
I need some help from the experts on an oscar tank....

I was thinking of havin 2 oscars in a:
- 4ft*2ft*2ft = 240litres = 64gal (roughly)
- running an eheim 2213 and an UGF
- some driftwood and some plants depending on whether the oscars will have them or not LoL!
- with a 25% water change every 2-4 weeks

What ya'll think? please any help is better then none...

Cheers from Sam in Australia.


Sam, there are a few problems with your idea. Your tank BTW is closer to 120 gallons!

1. Tank size: 120 gallons would do two oscars but it's really close to the minimum size required. I would suggest something closer to 180 gallons. Todays oscars generally grow up to 10" or 12" in length though specimans approaching 15" are not unheard of. They also have to be able to get along. No gaurantees there!

2. Filtration: The Eheim cans are good filters but are really not the best PRIMARY unit for such messy eaters as Oscars. And unfortunately Oscars love to move things in the tank and spew gravel around like crazy. This behaviour renders a UG filter useless. I would go with a high volume overflow filter like the aqua clear backed up with the can. These overflow filters offer high GPH and easy media change. You need IMHO at least 1000 GPH in this tank for two adult oscars. So if it was me I would run 2 Aquaclear 500's with mechanical media only and just use the can for chemical and bio filtration.

3. Water changes: 25% is good but needs to be done weekly. More than 25% if your water quality is suffering.

So to review. Ditch the UG filter, get overflow filters, change 25% of the water weekly and enjoy! Very Happy

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PostPosted: 2003.09.01(Mon)13:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

That doesn't sound like a 120 gallon tank to me.....maybe my measurements are off.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.01(Mon)13:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

It didn't sound like a 120 to me either, Tara...so I looked it up and we're wrong. I guess we're just not used to seeing a 4 feet tank 2 feet deep and 2 feet tall.

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I think Bohica got it right on the money considering the footprint of this tank. If you haven't already bought it, consider a 6 feet long one instead as that'll give your oscars a little more realestate. Personally, I'd be tempted to buy a group of young oscars and try to get a pair out of them as a) I'm a sucker for a breeding pair of anything and b) they may share the tank better if they're a bonded pair.

Also, in a tank that big, I can't imagine you using anything but a syphon/hose set-up for water changes. If you're already changing 25% of the water that way, it's probably not any harder to do somewhere between 30-40%. Personally, I'd go ahead and do the larger one.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.02(Tue)14:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That doesn't sound like a 120 gallon tank to me.....maybe my measurements are off


48" x 24" x 24" = 27648 devided by 231 = 119.68 gallons. Very Happy

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PostPosted: 2003.09.03(Wed)0:34    Post subject: oscars Reply with quote

What size tank would be fine for a single oscar and second of all would a single oscar be happy in a tank by itself????



What set-up would yo ureccomend for a single oscar?
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PostPosted: 2003.09.03(Wed)3:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

A tank of at least 55 gallons is the absolute minmum. 75 being optimum. And yes oscars seem to do fine by themselves.

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