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uLtRa
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PostPosted: 2003.09.04(Thu)12:04    Post subject: Oscar Q's Reply with quote

I'm thinking of totally scrapping my community tank and buying a baby oscar to go in the 20gal. How long can I keep one in a 20gal until they outgrow it?And then would a 75 gal be OK for a fully grown oscar?
Also if a young oscar grows up in a heavily planted tank will they grow up and still leave the plants alone?I ask because my tank now is very densely planted and I don't want to get rid of it all.

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Zeco
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PostPosted: 2003.09.04(Thu)14:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

There isn't a simple answer to your 1st question. Oscars vary too much, both in maximum size and in growth speed, and growth speed depends on many environmental factors. Anyway, don't expect him to live comfortably in a 20 gal for more than 1 year. Yes, a 75 gal will be OK for an adult Oscar.

On your 2nd question: the most popular hobby among captive Oscars is to rearrange their landscape, and this includes plants, heaters and rocks in the tank Smile
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PostPosted: 2003.09.04(Thu)14:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I'm aware of that so I'm wondering if the baby oscar grew up with plants too big to move maybe they might grow out of it when they become a adult?
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PostPosted: 2003.09.05(Fri)1:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Oscar grew up in a planted tank from the time he was 1". He totally left the plants alone for a little over a year (I did have the bases of the plants surrounded by rocks so they wouldn't be pulled up easily). One day, he was about 14 months old, he destroyed all the plants. And I don't just mean he dug them up, he totally shredded them. I think he just snapped. Now, I have a few floating plants (my silver dollars like to munch on them), and my Oscar ignores them. So the answer to your question is.........probably not. You might have an unusual Oscar that will tolerate them, but I doubt it. Wink However, mine lasted for over a year so you might get away with it until you got your guy a larger tank.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.05(Fri)9:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oscars grow very fast. 1 inch per month of more. Having said that I am a firm believer that this occurs more because of how oscars are fed more than anything else. Oscars are little garbage cans. If you keep feeding them, they will keep eating. Feed your oscar especially when younger flakes and pellets as treats. Feed them twice a day but only enough to satisfy him. No matter how much he begs.

With a 20 gallon you will run into 2 issues growing out of the tank for one, but waste is more what I would be worried about. Your oscar may be o.k. in there till he is 6-7 inches, however your water quality will be almost impossible at this size to keep on the up and up which will run you into more trouble. A couple things you have to remember about oscars is that they are commercially bred and inbred so much that most of them have the immune system of a 95 year old man. (do a google search on hole in the head) So stay away from feeders, keep your water changes and make sure you filter your tank properly.


75 gallons could easily house one oscar. I think you could even do two, or one with some hoblo cats or a smaller pleco.

Good luck with that. Oscars are great.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.06(Sat)0:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

A month....maybe two until he hits 4". I wouldn't push it any more. I have seen stunted Oscars and man they aren't pretty. Their bodies bend and their fins look liek wrinkled up bed sheets. I would get the 75g as fast as possible, he will be fine in their for life. Good luck.
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uLtRa
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PostPosted: 2003.09.06(Sat)4:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK thanks guys, I'm moving in two months time and I'll be getting a much bigger room. My new 90gal tank has already been ordered. Silver dollars grow too big for a 90gal right?
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