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cocoa_pleco
04-29-2007, 04:06 PM
I was just reading a book by a expert guy on aquariums about stocking the new 29g, and it has suggestions. One for a 29g a fullgrown oscar, and you can do so if you use a canister filter.


I keep hearing minimum 55g here, so is sticking one in a really 29g a bad idea, or can it be done?

Rue
04-29-2007, 04:08 PM
How old is the book?

Chrona
04-29-2007, 04:08 PM
I suppose it can be done, but you'd have to do very frequent water changes. Like weekly or twice a week 75% to remove all the nitrate.

cocoa_pleco
04-29-2007, 04:12 PM
the books really new, and it talks about the new fancy filters like fluidized beds and all that.

I could try it, but im just thinking a oscar would go crazy in a tank only 3X its body size

Rue
04-29-2007, 05:05 PM
...yes...the tank is too small...and I don't think a fluidized bed filter on a 33g is warranted...

...great filters...but big problems if they collapse (ie. power outage)...

Chrona
04-29-2007, 05:12 PM
...yes...the tank is too small...and I don't think a fluidized bed filter on a 33g is warranted...

...great filters...but big problems if they collapse (ie. power outage)...

What do you mean by collapse? I thought they were just tubes of sand that had dirty water pumped up through them?

jeffs99dime
04-29-2007, 05:18 PM
FAKE or true? lol

Rue
04-29-2007, 05:39 PM
...the silicone sand is suspended...when the power fails the sand collapses on itself...because of the weight of the sand, it's sometimes hard to re-suspend...

...esp. if the power if off any length of time...

...if the sand is collapsed too long...the nitrifying bacteria die off...

Chrona
04-29-2007, 05:44 PM
Ah I see. Thanks

cocoa_pleco
04-29-2007, 05:48 PM
FAKE or true? lol

true or false, same jib:ezpi_wink1:

gm72
04-29-2007, 06:38 PM
Terrible idea. 29 gallons is far too small.

Fishguy2727
04-29-2007, 06:44 PM
Chemically it could be done. It is possible to sustain an oscar in a 29. However, it is also possible to sustain a human in a 4'x8' room. The issue is stress and 'happiness'. Life for a 12+" fish in a 30"x12" tank is no life at all.

cocoa_pleco
04-29-2007, 07:36 PM
it isnt really a life, not too fair. Back to the drawing board

gm72
04-29-2007, 07:43 PM
Reptileguy, that is exactly what I was thinking. Possible? Yes. Good idea? Heck no.

2manyfish
05-01-2007, 06:58 PM
There was an article in one of the fish mags not too long ago about this guy breeding oscars in a divided 60g. He had to divide them because they were being aggressive towards each other (DUH!!!). But they were healthy and breeding in there. Sure it can be done but personally I wouldn't do it.
Just thinking about all the water changes you'd have to do to keep them healthy gives me a headache!
Watching such a big fish in such a small space would give me a heartache too...... :confused:

Incredulous_Ed
05-01-2007, 07:42 PM
Less water changes in a 55g mean more free time and less trouble. I would guess its only okay to keep one in a 29g for a short time, like if a larger tank is cycling or something like that.