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PetRanch6892
01-22-2008, 02:51 AM
Hey, im new to this site, ive been work at a pet shop down the street for around 6 months and im starting to learn about fish, i usally just clean cages but now im starting to "work the floor" and help customers. back on subject, i currently have a 20L gallon tank with 4 small african chiclids. my neighbor is selling a 55 gallon tank, stand, hood and light. i want to know if i can put 2-3 small oscars in there. ive read up and it says they need 55 gallons each, but that doesnt sound right. so what is the most i can do with this tank as far as Oscars?

cocoa_pleco
01-22-2008, 02:53 AM
you could get a oscar for a while, but not for its whole life, really a fullgrown oscar needs a 75g, anything else is too small since they can get 12" long

OscarFan
01-22-2008, 02:53 AM
1 is the maximum. 55 gallons is the minimum for an Oscar

gm72
01-22-2008, 03:06 AM
Single oscar max. We have been over and over and over this before and it always sparks controversy, but I'll say it again. A 12-16" fish in a tank that is only 12" deep is just a bad idea. Barely enough room in which to turn around. Sad.

PetRanch6892
01-22-2008, 03:09 AM
ok, the oscars we have at work are 2-3 inches now, i plan on moving out at the end of summer, can i keep a few in there until they get larger then upgrade to at least a 125 gallon when i get my own place.

gm72
01-22-2008, 03:11 AM
Honestly depends on when you will be getting your own place. We usually do not recommend people getting fish that will need to move to a larger tank until there is a definitive time frame in which the new tank can be obtained.

OscarFan
01-22-2008, 03:12 AM
the would be 8 inches by this summer. And dont get a fish and plan ahead for a larger tank. Becuase all the plans of mice and men often go astray. I would wait to get the 125 to get a pair. or get one for the 55.

Fishguy2727
01-22-2008, 03:14 AM
Most likely they will outgrow the 55 by then.

In my opinion a 75 is minimum for one or two. As said a fish that can hit 15" (or more) should not be put in a tank only 12" wide.

What african cichlids do you have?

PetRanch6892
01-22-2008, 03:23 AM
there in my sig, i guess ill wait. thanks for the help, this is a great site, lots of people and info.

Fishguy2727
01-22-2008, 03:29 AM
Curviceps are not african and are not recommended to be mixed with them, especially with mbunas.

PetRanch6892
01-23-2008, 11:30 PM
ok ill take it back, tommorow, thanks for telling me, now i wont lose 21 bucks

Bassfan
01-24-2008, 02:33 AM
Most likely they will outgrow the 55 by then.

In my opinion a 75 is minimum for one or two. As said a fish that can hit 15" (or more) should not be put in a tank only 12" wide.


Highly unlikely it gets 15" or more. the usual size is 12-14" max. 1 in a 55 is plenty, fish are flexible they can turn just fine. 1 in a 55 with maybe 1 smaller tank mate(8-10") with good filtration is fine for a 55 gallon tank. just do water changes weekly at 30-40%. and be sure to gravel vac the tank. check the ph weekly as well to make sure its consitent.

Fishguy2727
01-24-2008, 02:45 AM
Check nitrate concentration too. This is the biggest concern long term.

Yes, oscars hit 15" and even more. Not many, but they can and do. And a 14" oscar in a 12" wide tank is cramped and why a 75 is a better option. They CAN turn around, but that is still a very cramped turn. I CAN live in my closet, but that doesn't mean that is where I should be.

Water changes should be more like 50% weekly minimum. This will vary a little depending on the fish's size, but that is a good guide. The most important thing is to always keep nitrate concentration at no more than 20ppm.

Bassfan
01-24-2008, 02:57 AM
i agree 75 being better, doesnt mean a 55 is bad either. I usually do 40% water changes. Make sure you also have 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites as well. And remember to get good food. I reccomend Hikari Gold because thats what i use and the coloration on my oscar is getting much much better. NLS is also another good option, maybe the best although i havent had too much experience with it and the Hikari cichlid bio-gold. Difference between the biogold+ and the hikari gold is the biogold+ is better for digestion. Stay away from feeding goldfish. Very hard to digest, much more fat too and it can bring diseases to the tank.

PetRanch6892
01-24-2008, 03:15 AM
ive decided against an oscar for now till i move out and get an apartment and a 125-150(hopefully this summer)

gm72
01-24-2008, 03:31 AM
Fabulous decision, truly. Oscars are absolutely wonderful fish and deserve an optimum environment. All fish do, for that matter, but I think you get my point. :c3: