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Oscars

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D. Heaton

Tuesday, February 05, 2002 - 12:21 am
I have two oscars in a 29 gal tank and the larger one (4") is really beating up on the 3" one. I have a 55 gal tank that is trying to cycle right now so I don't want to put them in there yet. Any ideas on what I can do to save the oscar? I have moved the plants and caves around a bit.

  

Kick

Tuesday, February 05, 2002 - 07:56 am
You need to move them. A 29 is not large enough for one, let alone two. And if they are battling now, you will probably find the larger tank still will not house both of them comfortably. Oscars become very large----about 12 inches, so probably the best thing you can do is to see if the LPS will let you take one back. Otherwise, there will be continued unrest, which causes stress, which in turn leads to disease and eventually one of them may not make it. And if you are trying to "save" the oscar, I would not hesitate.

  

D. Heaton

Tuesday, February 05, 2002 - 12:24 pm
You know everywhere I go that has fish has a tank with oscars in it in the adult size and they don't have any problems. I have a friend that has a 50 gal. and has 3 adult oscars, 1 pacue, 2 goldfish, and a couple of other fish and they all get along just fine. Is this problem that I have with my 2 just by chance? Is there nothing I can do to keep them both? They are very pretty and I like the way they look.

  

kevin

Tuesday, February 05, 2002 - 02:51 pm
you could get a tank divider and just keep them apart till they are equal in size

  

joycedonley

Tuesday, February 05, 2002 - 09:31 pm
I have a friend that has a pacu in about a 200 gallon tank on another site.She even hired a petsitter over Christmas vacation because she was concerned for the welfare of her pet(I provided a backup number for her sitter). I hope your friend is aware of the fact that pacus just don't quit growing because they are in a small tank. Hopefully she has lots of money to invest in good filtration and the proper tank to keep her fish healthy. People get away with keeping fish under improper conditions all the time. We on the board try to give the best advice we can. I have some long time friends that also keep Oscars and have to vote with Kick on this one! Sorry if I sound a little preachy, but I really know some people that go all out for their fish!

  

Kick

Tuesday, February 05, 2002 - 09:41 pm
D., I don't mean to sound crass, but your friend sounds like a fish "haver" rather than a fish "keeper". And there is a difference. To make things a little simpler to understand, how would you like to be crammed into a small space with a bunch of other people. Even if they were your best friends, after awhile, I think they would tend to make you cranky from the close quarters. You can choose to be a "haver", and like your friends setup, the fish will have to learn to tolerate each other or die trying. Or you can be a "keeper", and provide the best environment possible for your pets.

  

D. Heaton

Thursday, February 07, 2002 - 10:17 pm
You are right and come to think of it my friends tank looks unhappy if you know what I mean.
Thanks for your advise.
By the way do I need to put salt in the water for oscars or cichlids?

  

joycedonley

Friday, February 08, 2002 - 07:07 am
You don't need to add salt for Oscars other Cichlid species have specific requirements ie African Rift Lake Malawi fish need Cichlid salt. Depends much on the region the fish comes from.

  

J.McCormick

Saturday, February 16, 2002 - 08:05 pm
How big of a tank is required for a (single) full-grown pacu to live comfortably? I have a 55 gallon right now (my fish is a baby - tablespoon size).

  

joycedonley

Sunday, February 17, 2002 - 08:21 am
I have a friend on another site that has one in a 225 gallon. I will have to check if hers is full grown, but I believe she's had it for a few years.

  

joycedonley

Tuesday, February 19, 2002 - 07:41 am
I checked and one of the women I know had her pacu grow to 12 inches in 5-6 months. They grow really fast, so you'd better start breaking in a 200 gallon tank soon. I hear they make neat pets, but you should think acrylic tank as they are extremely strong and can actually break a glass tank! Also don't plan on keeping with any other fish as they will pretty much fill the tank. They will eat all kinds of produce!

 

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