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  1. Default Setting Up A New Tank - Need Advice

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    Hey guys!

    So a while ago I adopted an Oscar, but the set up was in a very small tank (like 35G, and the Oscar is big I would guess about 8 inches, photo attached). I run that tank with a Aquaclear 70.

    I now have a 75 G tank that is ready to go! I plan on running my AC 70 (seeded) and an AC 50 (which I got with it, the tank was recently taken down but not sure if any BB remain, either way I should be good cause the current filter is good to go).

    I have a 200 watt heater that I will be running and locating near the filters to push the warm water (in the future I may add another 200 or a 150 to the other side of the tank, but thats in the future, the 200w should be good for now.

    I have an issue with the lighting situation, as I don't have enough lighting for the hood (will include a picture of the hood) but I'm not sure if I need additional lighting, the current lighting that the Oscar has will be put on the new tank.

    I'll use about 75lbs of gravel and have some driftwood I could put in the tank (as well as another piece that I am trying to get to sink) and the previous owner gave me some sort plastic "padding" (would be the word I describe it as) to put under the gravel, I guess in case something falls.

    Let me know what you guys think of this plan, let me know if I'm missing anything. The other questions would have to do with stocking. I do have a convict, that I hope could be in that tank one day (he is only a year old and probably ~3 inches) but I also want other fish (I'm going to get a nice pleco hopefully). I can grow fish out in this house as well, let me know your thoughts.

    -ice - Oscar - "padding" - hood
    RIP Shark Bait, my Red Tail Shark :(

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    Also, whats your thoughts on using hose water to initially fill the tank?
    RIP Shark Bait, my Red Tail Shark :(

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    A couple of points:

    A. That's not 'padding', That's an undergravel filter, Don't put it in if you are not going to use it.
    B. [Speaking of filtration] IMO you are underfiltered for a 75G O tank, Much less an O with other stock [Which I am not confident you have room for anyway, It's not impossible but still... 75 is the minimum I would keep an Oscar in and that doesn't mean he will accept company].

    What is your current lighting? If you are not going planted [Not always possible with Oscars anyway] you only need enough to see the fish.

    Also, whats your thoughts on using hose water to initially fill the tank?
    Just use a python. If you don't already have a python, Get one. Without one you most certainly will not enjoy the WC required for a 75G O tank
    Last edited by Goes to 11!; 06-25-2013 at 06:58 PM.
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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    That "padding" is an under gravel filter.. in my opinion they are junk. I just sold the one that came with my 75g for $10

    For now, when it comes to lighting, you really don't need anything fancy since oscars and plants don't get along, I'd say just check Craigslist for any low priced fixtures

    Eventually you can replace that lid with glass lids (either buy a set or make one)

    Thank you for finally being someone that keeps an oscar in the right sized tank - EDIT - Personally I feel as though a 75 is adequate for an oscar (but just one)

    I do believe you will need to up your filtration though. Really the min on that tank would be two AC70's, but being that its an oscar I'd think you'd want more

    The rest we agree on, just beat me too it

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    Gosh, that poor oscar looks so cramped...glad you are setting up a bigger home for him
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal
    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal
    29 Gallon: ... Journal

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    Low lighting is not a problem for your oscar. Light is mainly a concern with plants and since you are keeping an oscar I assume you are going to keep very few, next to no plants.
    Do as I say. Not as I do.

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    Totally what I visioned when I saw that pic

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    LOL, no kidding ^^^
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal
    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal
    29 Gallon: ... Journal

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    Yes, my biggest concern is getting the Oscar out of that little tank and into a bigger tank. I believe an Oscar can be in a 75G tank, fairly easily. I probably won't go plants just for ease of the tank.

    So you think I should at some point upgrade that second AC 50 to a AC 70 and run two of those?

    As far as the python is concerned, I have a hand vacuous, but have struggled setting up a python with my sink.

    The lighting is an issue. Currently, I only have one 24" (or whatever that size is) to put on the tank, but I'm trying to get my hands on a 48" strip light
    RIP Shark Bait, my Red Tail Shark :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by icefreeze57 View Post
    So you think I should at some point upgrade that second AC 50 to a AC 70 and run two of those?
    At a minimum. I would even recommend either keeping the AC 50 and adding a canister filter (3 filters running) or buy two AC 110s for the tank and sell the filters you have, probably buy the two new ones for a combined $90 and well what you have on craiglist for maybe $40... just a thought

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