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Old 01-15-2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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Oscar in 75 Gallon?

I am waiting on my mom to see if I can get a 55 or 75 gallon tank, but in the meantime, at Petsmart they sell big and little tiger oscar chichlids and I was wondering if these are the same species and the big ones are older, or what, and if on oscar would do ok in a 75 gallon. Also, do you know where I can get aquarium gravel cheap? Thanks!
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Oscars need a minimum tank size of 125g when they are mature according to http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/s...ichlids2f.html. They can reach an adult size of 17" in some cases.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:34 PM   #3
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At least a Oscar needs a 75G and I think that is with any Oscar (please correct me if I'm wrong!) check online for the gravel though. But they are the same as the ones with petsmart.
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I am waiting on my mom to see if I can get a 55 or 75 gallon tank, but in the meantime, at Petsmart they sell big and little tiger oscar chichlids and I was wondering if these are the same species and the big ones are older, or what, and if on oscar would do ok in a 75 gallon. Also, do you know where I can get aquarium gravel cheap? Thanks!
Your oscar will do well in a 75. Even a full grown one with proper filtration and maintanence IMO. try pool filter sand at home depot
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Ok, Thanks guys!
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:08 AM   #6
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If you get sand make sure you rinse it first. Takes time and definitely don't do it in your sink!!!
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I would not recomend sand for an oscar,they poop BIG,and like to decorate there own tank,it will end up in your filter.
The liitle ones grow into the big ones.
Home depot has a gravel made by" quick create" that you can use,its $8 for 50lbs,it is safe,but wash it good.
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If you get a larger grained silicate based sand like Pool filter sand you won't have to worry about it getting sucked into your filter. IMO sand is much better for fish with large bio loads it stays on the surface and
gets sucked up by the filter. Instead of falling down into the gravel.

A 75 would be bare minimum for an adult Oscar with no tank mates IMO. For filtration I would not buy anything less than a Fluval Fx5.
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Agreed on the fx5,im just not one for sand,iv thought about it but my jags are diggers,i find gravel easy to clean with a python,but thats just me
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Agreed on the fx5,im just not one for sand,iv thought about it but my jags are diggers,i find gravel easy to clean with a python,but thats just me
Personally i think sand is much better for diggers, you end up not seeing the aquarium glass as much.
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