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parrot
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« on: January 13, 2010, 10:32:43 AM »

I have always wanted an oscar tank. Alas, I have no room for an oscar at this time.

My vet recently offered to sell me her 55 gallon tank. I have no clue where I would set it up and don't know what she's asking for it yet, but I got to thinking... could this be my oscar tank?

Is a 55g appropriate for an oscar? I know they are huge. If I do this, I plan to start out with a young and small oscar but I don't want the poor fish to get stunted because I thought the tank would be big enough...

If this tank would be okay, would it be possible to do just 2 oscars? No other fish?

It'll be some time before I could even do this... we're talking about a year out if I can get the tank. I have to figure out where we have more plugs in our house!
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parrot
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2010, 11:42:51 AM »

Never mind... just read that adults need at least 125g... bummer. Perhaps I will have an oscar before I die!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2010, 09:51:41 PM »

I'm right there with you, Parrot Smiley

I've always wanted one...but never wanted to dedicate an entire 125g to one...or two Wink

One Day...... happy
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2010, 06:23:28 PM »

If it's any consolation, I'm of the opinion that a 90 gallon tank is the minimum size for one adult oscar.Wink
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2010, 11:45:05 AM »

Hey! That helps a little! At least that's 35 gallons less to worry about! Still way out in the future though...
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2010, 02:29:18 PM »

many Oscar keepers say 55 gallon is appropriate. IMHO 75 is perfect, however for a single Oscar full grown a 55 is ok. That being said you would need to have a lot of filtration. I aimed at 8-10 times the tank volume. My oscar is 2 years old and very happy in his 55 all by himself. I stress by himself Smiley also you wouldn't want much decoration as to give him enough room to move around. They grow fast but you could always get say... a bigger tank in a year Smiley
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