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Wellsbrock 02-20-2014 03:54 AM

What to do about New Tank Syndrome
 
I messed up and now I need to know how to save this Tiger Oscar Cichlid from New Tank Syndrome. 4 fish in a 20g tank, is it safe to start the in fish cycle now since the tank was never cycled? Or will that not even save the poor guys life?

Mebbid 02-20-2014 06:20 AM

Well, aside from the fact that a single oscar needs a 55g tank all to himself, no it shouldn't be too late to save your fish. You will need to test the water regularly and do a 50% water change any time that your ammonia / Nitrites rise above .25ppm.

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josh7 02-20-2014 08:41 AM

What are these 4 fish you have? Btw get the Oscar out of there right now it gets 10-14 inches long and has a huge bioload it needs at least a 55 preferably a 75 gallon.

Wy Renegade 02-20-2014 11:19 AM

It is never too late to start a cycle, although you are likely to have some long term effects down the road. By all means get started ASAP. What are the four fish you have and what are their sizes. As previously pointed out the Oscar really needs a much bigger tank than a 20gal, so rehoming it as soon as possible is needed.

Wellsbrock 02-20-2014 03:39 PM

The fish are a 1.5in Tiger Oscar Cichlid, 2in Betta, 3.5in Common Pleco and a 4in Electric Blue Crayfish. Im really upset with myself since I didn't do any research before hand. Im willing to do whatever it takes to save these fish though, so thanks for the advice.

josh7 02-20-2014 04:46 PM

If you are willing to do whatever remove all of them and restart your tank. First off the Oscar needs a 75 gallon tank. The Oscar will kill the betta and crayfish. The Pleco gets 18 inches and needs a 125 gallon tank. The crayfish can kill the betta easily you need to take back all of them and restart.

mikem691 02-20-2014 05:05 PM

I would take everything back except the betta and follow the in fish cycling or as others said take them all back and do a fishless cycle. The 20 is a great size for a male betta as the show fish then you could work with him for some tank mates.

josh7 02-20-2014 06:08 PM

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Originally Posted by mikem691 (Post 2843852)
I would take everything back except the betta and follow the in fish cycling or as others said take them all back and do a fishless cycle. The 20 is a great size for a male betta as the show fish then you could work with him for some tank mates.

This would also work! Good idea mike!

Ian14 02-20-2014 09:19 PM

When I was little I would throw the fish right in there and I never seemed to lose any fish. I do fishless cycles now though

Wellsbrock 02-20-2014 09:44 PM

Im about to upgrade to a 75 Gallon tank so how much time would I have before these fish outgrow the tank? Would I be able to keep the Oscar and the Pleco in the 75 gallon? I understand that these fish will be way too big for the 20g but its been too long so I would be unable to return them.


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