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Who lives with Oscars?

Badmans Tropical Fish Message Center: Beginner freshwater : Who lives with Oscars?

S Waterman

Monday, January 14, 2002 - 01:53 am
This question is totally unrelated to my other questions. My brother in law has a 30 gallon tank with 2 Oscars. They are about 4 inches in length. We visited him for the holidays and I noticed that his tank water was green (really green). He has a hangon filter, plastic plants and tank gravel. He has had Oscars for quite a while. His first oscar lived about 2 years and then came up with some disease and died (it was about 8 inches long). He has had these 2 oscars for about 6 months, and he said that he has tried plecostimus, but they die fairly quickly (not eaten). He feeds flake food most of the time and once a month feeds live goldfish (about a dozen) which are gone within 10 minutes. I am guessing that the green stuff is algae, but what is a safe and easy solution for getting rid of it? Are the water quality levels to bad to add algae eaters? or is there an algae eater that will thrive in this environment (with the Oscars)? I know he is not putting as much thought into his tank as I am mine, but that surely isn't healthy for the Oscars. Right?



Monday, January 14, 2002 - 08:24 am
Too small of tank for the Oscar. At least 55 gallons for one. The only fish that can be kept with them to my knowledge with a guarantee of no problems is a catfish. They can get 12 inches and are very messy fish as well as aggressive. That's why they need a large tank and good filtration. Also they dig so no UGF will work properly with them. He needs a bigger tank and too do water changs at least every two weeks. Also suggest a pleco for the algae if it's green and you are talking an Oscar...they will eat small fish like ottos.



Monday, January 14, 2002 - 12:29 pm
Extra note if he's killing a pleco with algae in the water I suggest that the tank maintenance leaves much to be desired. I've had three plecos and three UD catfish and mine always live long and healthy lives. I think in a tank full of algae it's pretty hard to kill a pleco! Sometimes they won't eat algae when they get very old, but I suspect in your brother-in-laws case it's the water quality that is killing the fish! Since most cichlid live at least 7 years the one dying at 2yrs should speak volumes!!!



Monday, January 14, 2002 - 06:34 pm
Amen, Joyce....there you go, S. If you want a maintenance free aquarium that is what it would look like.....I have nothing more to add!



Sunday, January 20, 2002 - 11:46 pm
I have only had my 10gallon a weekend. I have one male mickey mouse platy, 3 female platy, one male betta, and 2 corey cats. I lost one of my female platy, and I did see a little tiny fellow for a little while, but I think someone ate him/her. Anyway, could my female platy died giving birth? Shelia



Monday, January 21, 2002 - 07:22 am
Sounds more like the tank hasn't cycled. You need to read genesis and basics articles on the sites main page! It takes about 4-5 weeks to cycle a tank and with only a 10 gallon you should only try it with about 2 fish. Your fish are probably dying from too much ammonia produced by food and fish waste. Anyways read the articles and get some test kits for ammonia and nitrite.


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