Originally Posted by charliebankston
I was reading some other info on this new tank. Have you used the ro
water yet? How often was the old owner maintaining the 60g? I have several theories without knowing any answers. Ime, cichlids will "pout" about being moved to a new home. Sometimes for a month or 2. Your ph might be way different than what they were used too, they may be suffering from old tank syndrome, and need to slowly acclimate to better water conditions. Or they may just not relate ya'll to food yet, and still wait for the previous owner to show up. Some studies have shown that oscars recognize faces
Hi Charlie, thank you for your attention.
water: I’ve used it as half the water of my last three 50% water changes. The tank PH has not changed (it’s still 8) but the water hardness has gone down somewhat, which was a goal. I plan to keep doing it this way. I have not seen a behavioral difference in the fish though. (And, I do not have DI
, only RO
. This unit has an optional DI
cartridge which I do not have).
Old owner: I have no idea how often or how they were cared for. I didn’t even meet her. She was suddenly hospitalized and the husband who knows nothing about fish sold us the tank. He told me on the phone that the included fish were tetras! (Because the food they were feeding was tetra brand!) I do think the old tank was under-filtered and it was pretty dirty, and lots of algae. The pellets that the Oscar does eat willingly came with the fish, so she’s used to these. She also LOVES live crickets from the pet store. She’s dabbled with some other foods, including one of my tetras. Lol
You also asked what was in here that we rehomed: there was a 6” Convict Cichlid (Oscar ignored him but JD was tearing his fins up) and a HUGE 13” pleco. The pleco and the Oscar fought daily. He would try to suck on her sides and she would aggressively fight him off. Those two fish have gone to live with other aquarists.
I do not know if this is pertinent... when we got the fish, this Oscar, the Convict, and the big pleco were in the 60. This JD and the smaller 8” pleco were in a FILTHY 20gal. Seriously. I have no idea why... I’m guessing it was temporary because the JD picks on the convict. The man didn’t know why they were there specifically but I got the impression they were there temporarily.
Again, I see only companionship with the Oscar and the JD here. They always hang out together and the JD seems super timid and insecure unless Oscar is out. She will swim out of hiding and a few seconds later JD will timidly follow along. But if she gets spooked and hides he immediately hides out too. They hang out in the same corner but in different alcoves of the big plastic stump I have back there.
Thanks for your help.