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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:27 am Post subject: Re: Help Regarding Oscar Tank Setup Reply with quote

 Any  lid  would  do  -  wooden  or  acrylic  your  choice.  Oscars  do  not  really  demand  extra-strong  lid  like  other  jumping  monsters  do.
 Same  goes  with  your  lighting  query,  regular  fluorescent  tube  is  enough  for  them.
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 I  hope  you  are  pretty  tall  and  have  a  strong  back.
 My  tanks  are  2'  in  height  and  I  have  problems  reaching  the  far  end  of  the  tank  while  cleaning,  but  I  am  a  shorty  at  5'  7''.
 
 I  have  an  Oscar  for  almost  2  years  now  and  one  thing  I  can  say  about  them  for  sure  is  that  they  are  real  poop  machines  and  regular  siphoning  is  a  priority  for  long  term  success.
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 Fantastic  Specs  ...  Great  to  see  one  more  OSCAR  fanatic  ..  all  the  best  ..  do  keep  us  updated  ......One  of  my  personal  suggestion  ..  do  not  mix  Albino  with  Tigers  ..  there  is  every  chance  of  the  albino  being  beated  up  ..  also  as  compared  to  growth,  albino  are  slightly  slower  than  tigers  and  moreover,  they  may  not  succeed  in  food  competition  ...
 
 Once  I  had  these  two  varieties  and  i  realized  over  a  period  of  time,  how  much  of  a  food  i  give,  albinos  are  always  deprived  and  tigers  are  used  to  get  more  than  their  share  of  the  pie  ..  thereafter  i  used  to  use  a  divider  and  drop  food  on  both  the  sides  of  the  tank  ..  I  solved  the  food  problem,  but  you  know  what  happened  then  ..  moment  the  feeding  used  to  get  over  and  after  i  remove  the  divider,  these  tigers  used  to  start  chasing  after  the  albinos  ...
 
 Few  months  down  the  line,  whenever  i  used  to  put  the  divider,  the  tigers  used  to  chase  my  hand  ..  some  freaking  tiger  I  had
 
 The  best  mix  would  be  a  red  oscar  with  albino  (lutinos  would  look  spectacular)  ...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 9:54 am Post subject: Re: Help Regarding Oscar Tank Setup Reply with quote

                                                   
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Fantastic  Specs  ...  Great  to  see  one  more  OSCAR  fanatic  ..  all  the  best  ..  do  keep  us  updated  ......One  of  my  personal  suggestion  ..  do  not  mix  Albino  with  Tigers  ..  there  is  every  chance  of  the  albino  being  beated  up  ..  also  as  compared  to  growth,  albino  are  slightly  slower  than  tigers  and  moreover,  they  may  not  succeed  in  food  competition  ...
 
 Once  I  had  these  two  varieties  and  i  realized  over  a  period  of  time,  how  much  of  a  food  i  give,  albinos  are  always  deprived  and  tigers  are  used  to  get  more  than  their  share  of  the  pie  ..  thereafter  i  used  to  use  a  divider  and  drop  food  on  both  the  sides  of  the  tank  ..  I  solved  the  food  problem,  but  you  know  what  happened  then  ..  moment  the  feeding  used  to  get  over  and  after  i  remove  the  divider,  these  tigers  used  to  start  chasing  after  the  albinos  ...
 
 Few  months  down  the  line,  whenever  i  used  to  put  the  divider,  the  tigers  used  to  chase  my  hand  ..  some  freaking  tiger  I  had
 
 The  best  mix  would  be  a  red  oscar  with  albino  (lutinos  would  look  spectacular)  ...                

 
 Thank  a  lot  Subhankar.  :-)
 
 My  very  next  query  was  about  mixing  oscar  types.  You  answered  that  beforehand.  Thanks  for  the  advice.  I  will  definitely  consider  your  pointer.
 But  I  really  love  albinos,  is  there  any  other  way  for  mixing  up.  :-(
 
 But  I  don't  insist.  If  they  don't  go  well,  then  I  will  go  for  tigers  and  red  oscars.
 
 Thanks  again.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 9:59 am Post subject: Re: Help Regarding Oscar Tank Setup Reply with quote

 Red  Oscars  and  Albino  ..  would  go  well  together  ..  but  do  keep  an  eye  ..  I  have  always  seen  every  time,  albinos  getting  bullied  ...
 
 And  one  more  point  -  not  sure  if  you  fascinate  ..  in  case  you  want  to  keep  veil  tails,  then  make  sure,  all  are  veil  tails,  else  the  veil  tail  would  become  normal  tail  within  few  months,  once  these  beauties  settle  by  themselves...
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I  hope  you  are  pretty  tall  and  have  a  strong  back.
 My  tanks  are  2'  in  height  and  I  have  problems  reaching  the  far  end  of  the  tank  while  cleaning,  but  I  am  a  shorty  at  5'  7''.
 
 I  have  an  Oscar  for  almost  2  years  now  and  one  thing  I  can  say  about  them  for  sure  is  that  they  are  real  poop  machines  and  regular  siphoning  is  a  priority  for  long  term  success.                

 
 I'm  a  bit  more  higher  than  you.  :-)  
 But  again,  as  you  said,  still  it  wont  help.  I  will  definitely  have  some  issues  while  cleaning,  atleast  it  will  be  be  uncomfortable.  But  I  will  not  compromise  on  the  quality  or  cleaning  maintenance,  so  may  be  I  will  use  a  stool  or  something  like  that  to  match  up  with  my  future  oscar  home.  :-)
 
 And  yes,  I  know  that  they  are  veerrry  messy.  ;-)  so  again,  thanks  for  the  advice.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:00 am Post subject: Re: Help Regarding Oscar Tank Setup Reply with quote

                                                   
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Any  lid  would  do  -  wooden  or  acrylic  your  choice.  Oscars  do  not  really  demand  extra-strong  lid  like  other  jumping  monsters  do.
 Same  goes  with  your  lighting  query,  regular  fluorescent  tube  is  enough  for  them.                

 
 Thank  Yogesh..
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 You  can  use  rocks  ,  driftwoods..  but  be  careful  about  the  rock  placement  as  suggested  before  ..  for  four  oscars,  make  sure  you  create  6  territories  to  start  with  ...
 
 Once  you  see  territorial  aggression  going  out  of  control  ..  change  the  rocks  and  drfitwood  arrangement  in  the  tank  and  reshuffle  the  territories  ..  the  buggers  will  get  confused  and  you  will  have  peace  for  some  time  ...
 
 Man  i  just  love  oscars   Cheering
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Red  Oscars  and  Albino  ..  would  go  well  together  ..  but  do  keep  an  eye  ..  I  have  always  seen  every  time,  albinos  getting  bullied  ...
 
 And  one  more  point  -  not  sure  if  you  fascinate  ..  in  case  you  want  to  keep  veil  tails,  then  make  sure,  all  are  veil  tails,  else  the  veil  tail  would  become  normal  tail  within  few  months,  once  these  beauties  settle  by  themselves...                

 
 Ah..  I  get  it.  I  will  remember  about  the  veil  tails.  :-)
 But  as  of  now,  I  do  not  have  them  in  mind.  But  I  will  remember  this  pointer  for  sure.
 
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You  can  use  rocks  ,  driftwoods..  but  be  careful  about  the  rock  placement  as  suggested  before  ..  for  four  oscars,  make  sure  you  create  6  territories  to  start  with  ...
 
 Once  you  see  territorial  aggression  going  out  of  control  ..  change  the  rocks  and  drfitwood  arrangement  in  the  tank  and  reshuffle  the  territories  ..  the  buggers  will  get  confused  and  you  will  have  peace  for  some  time  ...
 
 Man  i  just  love  oscars   Cheering                

 
 Yes  I  will  do  that.
 
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 I  got  a  (48"x18")  wooden  cover  made  last  month  for  my   with  "Waterproof  ply"  (which  is  cheaper  than  Marine  ply)  with  white  laminate  (sun-mica)  on  the  inside  and  wood-patterned  laminate  on  the  out-side.  It  cost  me  about  2K  in  all  (labor  +  material).  It  looks  pretty  good.  (Pics  to  come)
 
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awesome  spec  for  oscars,,  as  prem  said  u  just  need  to  find  some  good  quality  ones..  n  dude  chennai  is  the  best  hub  for  aqua  hobbyists  Rock On     u  will  find  every  thing  u  need  for  your  tank  in  kolathur..  
 
 Good  Luck  for  your  setup  Thumb Up                

 
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You  can  use  rocks  ,  driftwoods..  but  be  careful  about  the  rock  placement  as  suggested  before  ..  for  four  oscars,  make  sure  you  create  6  territories  to  start  with  ...
 
 Once  you  see  territorial  aggression  going  out  of  control  ..  change  the  rocks  and  drfitwood  arrangement  in  the  tank  and  reshuffle  the  territories  ..  the  buggers  will  get  confused  and  you  will  have  peace  for  some  time  ...
 
 Man  i  just  love  oscars   Cheering                

 
 And  how  should  I  choose  the  filter  for  my  aquarium  (tank  size  is  approx  1000  Litres),  I  mean  the  filter  volume,  how  many  litres  of  water  should  it  filter  and  stuff  like  that?
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You  can  use  rocks  ,  driftwoods..  but  be  careful  about  the  rock  placement  as  suggested  before  ..  for  four  oscars,  make  sure  you  create  6  territories  to  start  with  ...
 
 Once  you  see  territorial  aggression  going  out  of  control  ..  change  the  rocks  and  drfitwood  arrangement  in  the  tank  and  reshuffle  the  territories  ..  the  buggers  will  get  confused  and  you  will  have  peace  for  some  time  ...
 
 Man  i  just  love  oscars   Cheering                

 
 And  how  should  I  choose  the  filter  for  my  aquarium  (tank  size  is  approx  1000  Litres),  I  mean  the  filter  volume,  how  many  litres  of  water  should  it  filter  and  stuff  like  that?                

 
 Ideally  you  should  be  going  with  2  nos  of  2217  (cannisters  with  over  1200  L/H)  capacity  and  I  internal  power  filter  over  1200L/H  capacity  ..  One  thing  keep  in  mind,  that  any  filtration  is  not  enough  for  Oscars  being  messy  in  nature...  for  a  tank  of  this  size,  in  abroad  I  have  seen  people  going  for  Sump....  Place  the  cannister  outlet  little  over  the  water  surface  to  create  surface  agitation  ...
 Perform  weekly  water  changes  over  30%  ..  siphon  out  the  dirt  ...  (  on  the  initial  3  weeks,  weekly  twice  water  changes  would  be  beneficial..)
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:05 am Post subject: Re: Help Regarding Oscar Tank Setup Reply with quote

 your  tanks  specs  are  great..the  oscars  would  feel  that  they  are  swimming  in  a  river  Chuckle  ..btw,as  many  of  them  said,get  good  colourful  oscars..post  some  pics  when  you  are  done  with  the  setup.
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