Originally Posted by T1m
I upped the temp, did another water change, added more bacterial water from the filter screen, and the oscar is starting to swim a lot more! He's eating now as well! Is it normal for the oscar to swallow a large pellet, spit it all out into little chunks, and eat the little chunks? Can't wait to get him in the 55 gallon, what filter would you recommend? I'm looking at the Emperor bio wheel 400.
I like the Emperor 400, I have one and a 280 on my Hex, 2 380 Penguins too. I have 2 Aquatop internal Filter one with my 60 and one in my 35 Hex.
and yes they are messy fish....
amazon has a good prices on MarineLand filters.
For your set up IMO
I would do
An Emperor 400 (41.99)
Amazon.com: Emperor 400 Pro Series Bio-wheel Power Filter - Up to 90 gallon, Rite Size "E": Pet Supplies
and a AquaTop Internal (in water) Filter. (19.99)
Amazon.com: Aquatop IPF-305 Aquarium Internal Filter: Pet Supplies
Then get some SeaChem Matrix
Amazon.com: Seachem Matrix Bio Media 1 Liter: Pet Supplies
(you put that in the extra Plastic holders in the Emp and some in the Internal. It gives you surface for the Benfical Bacteria to go on.)
Then Slide in 2 bags of Purigen after the Plastic Media holders.
Amazon.com: Seachem Purigen 100ml: Pet Supplies
This is my set up and I have Crystal Clear water...I also use Seachem Prime. Get a Liquid Test Kit (no Strips) API is one I use it's ok..., there are others.
PM me if you have any additional question on my set up, I'm sure others have other opinions but this have been working for me for months and once the tank is cycled it is Stable and like Clockwork.