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Old 09-08-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
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Hi, new to hobby, 55g tank.

Hello!

I own a 55g tank with the API Nexx canister filter system.

I just got the new filter, I like it because it's very easy to maintain and clean. Also if I decide to upgrade, all you have to do is buy the extension and add it on, increasing the power from 55g to 100g rated.

In my tank I have an Oscar named Steezy, a common pleco and a bichir eel. It's strange though, the oscar killed his tankmate oscar before they even got to 3 inches, but he leaves the eel alone. The eel can totally fit into his mouth, but they will both be eating at the same time and he completely gets along with him! The pleco on the other hand, stays hidden most of the time until night time so the oscar doesn't beat him up.


Anyways... I just got this new filter not too long ago, and the only problem I'm having is lack of oxygen in the water. the circulation underneath the surface is pretty good, but the surface itself is quite calm. I'm actually going to be picking up an air pump tonight, I can tell Steez is actually breathing a lot harder than normal, and going to the surface a bit. This only really started after getting the new filter, because it lets the new water back in under the surface, so it's not creating any water agitation. I think i'm just going to buy two separate 20-30g rated air pumps and place them on both sides, I think it would look cool!

I'm going to get some pictures posted.


Please give me and recommendations and/or advice that you would like!


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Welcome to AA! Yes you definatly need surface agitation. And that sounds like a good idea. Definatly post some pics. I would really like to see your tank and eel and Oscar
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Here we go... eel and oscar.

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Here we go... eel and oscar.

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Your eel looks like the ones they sale at Walmart they call dragon fish
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It's a dinosaur eel, I got it at Walmart. *EDIT* Well that's what walmart calls them at least, I refer to it as a Bichir Eel.


I feel like a total loser buying a fish there ( no offense to anybody ) but I really love eels, and we have no good LFS where I live.

The best bets are Petco and Walmart for fish stuff, that's why I order mostly online.

I don't really know of many freshwater eels, all I know is that if I had a saltwater tank, i'd have a few eels. They are by far my favorite
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It's a dinosaur eel, I got it at Walmart. *EDIT* Well that's what walmart calls them at least, I refer to it as a Bichir Eel.

I feel like a total loser buying a fish there ( no offense to anybody ) but I really love eels, and we have no good LFS where I live.

The best bets are Petco and Walmart for fish stuff, that's why I order mostly online.

I don't really know of many freshwater eels, all I know is that if I had a saltwater tank, i'd have a few eels. They are by far my favorite
You can always get a peacock eel. They are pretty and neat. You would like it and its freshwater but I dont know of its compatibility with your Oscar. Look it up. I would like To get one myself
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It's a dinosaur eel, I got it at Walmart. *EDIT* Well that's what walmart calls them at least, I refer to it as a Bichir Eel.

I feel like a total loser buying a fish there ( no offense to anybody ) but I really love eels, and we have no good LFS where I live.

The best bets are Petco and Walmart for fish stuff, that's why I order mostly online.

I don't really know of many freshwater eels, all I know is that if I had a saltwater tank, i'd have a few eels. They are by far my favorite
And dont feel like a loser because IMO Walmart shouldn't carry fish. You saved that fishes life. The Walmart here has 10g aquariums with 15 green spotted puffers in it
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