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    Ok well the last thread I made sort of went downhill with all the different types of fish we had discussed. So lets start a fresh start. This thread is strictly about oscars..Well i plan on keeping an oscar in my 55 gallon and if someday i get the money/room ill get a 75. This thread is only going to be about caring for an oscar, no tank size and no suggestions (which i do thank you for in the other thread) of other fish to keep. Now lets get this thread going. Ok so for the filtration, im going to get 2 penguin 350's, many people have told me that the 2 penguin 350's will be more than enough for the oscar. Now, when I do get the oscar, should I buy some giant danios to go in with him as the dither fish? I dont want him to be sad especially going in a 55 gallon by himself. My 2nd question is, what type of PH do oscars like? How many hikari gold pellets should i feed him? (being he is only going to be 1.75" big) How much should i feed him after he gets a little bigger?? And if someone could just give a summary based on their experience of owning an oscar please, i'd really like to hear about them so I can learn as well. Thank you, and hopefully New comers can look at this thread to get a good idea on what they need to know/do if they decide to own an oscar.

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    I find it impossible to discus Oscars without talking about tank sizes and filtration since these two things are the most two important.

    If you are just looking for compatibility issues, check the compatibly stckie thread in red.

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    Ok???? I've already stated the tank size and what I was going to use for filtration. What i mean by not discussing tank sizes is, most people will say "no oscars can go in a 55" or 75 gallon is a minimum for 1" or something relevant. And no, im not just looking for compatibility, im looking for basic oscar keeping and experiences people have had with them.
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    I do not endorse the Oscar in a 55 idea, no matter what the filtration, but, no dither fish either. They will be expensive snacks, and will just add to the already too high of a bioload.
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    Well Oscars like bigger gravel since they move the gravel around alot and they could swallow the smaller gravel. You can try a few plastic plants but they''ll tear them ALOT. I suggest a couple of large rock caves and other rock structures. For feeding i think its everything the fish can eat in 2 minutes. I would feed one or 2 times a day. I agree with Drumachine, any dither fish will eventually be eaten.
    If you dont't want your oscar to be bored or lonely ive heard of people puting ping pong balls for them to move around. Or you can simply sit next to him or just him being able to see you will make him happy. So maybe just watch tv or whatever.

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    Well Oscars like bigger gravel since they move the gravel around alot and they could swallow the smaller gravel. You can try a few plastic plants but they''ll tear them ALOT. I suggest a couple of large rock caves and other rock structures. For feeding i think its everything the fish can eat in 2 minutes. I would feed one or 2 times a day. I agree with Drumachine, any dither fish will eventually be eaten.
    If you dont't want your oscar to be bored or lonely ive heard of people puting ping pong balls for them to move around. Or you can simply sit next to him or just him being able to see you will make him happy. So maybe just watch tv or whatever.

    Goodluck!
    Thank you for the positive input. I was going to tie a bobber on a rock inside the tank so he can play with it, but if not where could i find a ping pong ball?

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    I do not endorse the Oscar in a 55 idea, no matter what the filtration, but, no dither fish either. They will be expensive snacks, and will just add to the already too high of a bioload.
    This is not what this thread is about, I asked earlier nicely to please keep the tank size out of this. so please keep the tank size junk out of the thread I understand 75 gallon is best for the oscar but i dont have the space for it. 55 gallon is fine for 1 and thats the end of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AquaKid329
    This is not what this thread is about, I asked earlier nicely to please keep the tank size out of this. so please keep the tank size junk out of the thread I understand 75 gallon is best for the oscar but i dont have the space for it. 55 gallon is fine for 1 and thats the end of it.
    This is a very good example for how a member can turn people off to responding to posts and getting added to people's "ignore" list. You state the thread is going to be about caring for oscars yet want ..."no tank size and no suggestions...of other fish to keep."

    The "tank size junk" is not junk at all. The very statement is insulting. You go on to state that the 75 is best yet you're just going to go with a 55.

    You have been given extensive guidance and you have listened to none of it. The last thread "went downhill" because of this.

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