New to Oscars
I have a lot of experience with community tanks, but I have never owned an oscar. My coworkers want me to set up an oscar tank at work.
One of the guys says he has a 70 gallon tank, but I haven't seen it yet. It may be a 50. I was also looking for a hex tank if I can find one. Will this be enough room for an oscar to swim? I never seen one darting around a tank.
We are going to get a small tiger oscar to start.
Can I put any of these other fish with him? Tinfoil barbs (the did fine with my pacus), Jack Dempsey (my dad told me that his Jack and Oscar had a fight to the death, but it was in a small tank), large sun cat or red tail cat, any other suggestions?
Besides feeder fish, what else do they like. My large bala sharks, tinfoils and pacus loved shrimp pellets.
75 is the bare-scraping by minimum for 1 oscar.
if you want a good home w/ the barbs/JD, then I would say a 125 is the minimum.
Your friend has a poor set up if it is a 70gallon tank.
Hex's generally don't support a good home for any fish-especially one this size.
Oscars grow big and they grow fast.
red tail cat's need about 500gallons full grown. they belong in big ponds/mini lakes.
A 70 can work as the minimum for a lone oscar as long as it has a 4' footprint and is well filtered.
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Thanks for all the info. I didn't realize oscars grew so fast! I know tinfoils go from 1 inch to 8 in no time, but I have never had anything else grow that quickly.
I am not sure if a 125 will fit in our space, so it looks like I will be looking for something around 75 gallons if I can get it to fit.
Since I am limited on tank size, are there any other fish that do well with oscars? Tinfoil barbs need a lot of room, and if the oscar does too, then that's probably not the best tankmate.
Also, there won't be any issues keeping up on the water chemistry and changes, and there is a large fish store 1 minute away, and another 5 minutes away from work.
I also have a pond, or rather a racoon feeder, that I have put my red tails in once they get too big for my 120 at home. However, a sun cat only gets about a foot. Will they be okay with an oscar?
Last edited by waldorfsalad; 04-19-2013 at 03:17 AM.
While I am unable to answer your questions regarding sizes & compatability, I'm curious as to how local fish stores are related to keeping up water chemistry & maintenance ( water changes)? Is there intent to have someone else keep this tank up other than yourself or the people you work with?
Originally Posted by waldorfsalad
46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted cory catfish, cherry barbs, guppies, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies
In my experience, keeping a good watch on your chemistry provides for a less stressful environment for your fish, as well as giving you room for an overstocked tank.
As for nearby stores, if there is a problem, or someone decides to help without asking, there is a store nearby I can direct my coworkers to, if I am not nearby. (We work 4-12s rotating between days and nights.)
[I am reading this as the coworkers have little to no exp with keeping fish] Unless you are extremely familiar with all the employees at those LFS I would be very cautious with that approach.
Originally Posted by waldorfsalad
[Personally, I would tell the coworkers to stay out of the tank altogether]
A read to consider: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...=not+to+expect.
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That is the plan. However, people are stupid.
So everyone, quit getting hung up on that one statement, and please help me with my question.
Any suggestions for oscar tankmates in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?
There are none.
because an oscar can't fit into a 50gallon tank.
and in a 75, it can only survive on it's own. you do realize it is a 10+ inch fish that is very aggressive?
If you want tank mates for your oscar, you need a 125gallon minimum size.