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Old 09-25-2014, 03:50 PM   #1
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Smile New Oscar Mommy here!

Hi! I'm a new lover of this hobby. We had a rough start to this hobby like most with a 10 gallon tank and a carnival goldfish. We ended up losing 3 goldfish, 2 BN pleco, 2 cory, and 4 molly. Then I joined fishlore and they helped me save everyone else. Apparently the carnival goldfish had a bacterial infection and ich and it infected everyone in that tank. Now I have a 29 gallon (mid cycle because of the ich medicine) with Mollies, Cories, and one red tail shark. I became well known at the fish store and the kid there gave me a little baby oscar last week that he was told there was no chance of saving. She was torn up and generally looked like she was on death's door. I set up the empty 10 gallon and started her on paraguard and garlic and good food (NLS) and twice daily water changes with some stress guard. She is nearly 100% better. Now I'm looking at tanks for her to permanently live in! I'm leaning towards DIY because I thought it would be cool for my 3 yr old to watch and I'd enjoy learning about it.

About me - I'm a stay at home mom with an almost 3 yr old son and I'm a nursing student. I'm an animal lover with cats (indoor only), and hens and a rooster.

My plan is for a large tank for Audrey (the oscar) and either a raphael catfish or an eartheater
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you will need a 75 gallon at lest when he is full grown
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you will need a 75 gallon at lest when he is full grown
Yes I know I'm thinking 48x18x21 for her/him or a 38x20x25
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Hi. Having kept Oscars in the past I have a great fondness for them. I had mine in a 5 foot home made tank and I really think a full grown Oscar needs as long a tank as you can accommodate. They need room to swim and turn. They also seem less destructive when given enough room. I had my second Oscar in that tank at 2", he looked his best and happiest when at about 6". After that I still felt the tank a bit short. They become very large and heavy fish.


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Old 09-29-2014, 09:52 AM   #7
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I'm setting up the 55 gallon tank on Friday for the baby Oscar. I'm so excited!! (She will get a giant tank next year when we move!)


-29 gallon community tank with mollies and corys
-10 gallon temporary tank for a sick baby Oscar named Audrey
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Hi there harborlily, thanks for joining us! Sounds like some fun and exciting tanks you have going! I love Mollies/Cories, and how kind of you to save the Oscar! Good luck on the 55g setup!
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