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12-31-2003, 01:47 AM
Ok i just got a 55 gal tank im gonna put my 3 inch oscar in it from my 20 gal ( stupid me) , but i was wondering could i have any other cichlids in the 55 with him?

12-31-2003, 06:12 AM
Not really, that 55 is still gonna be too small for him.

01-02-2004, 08:12 PM
for just him it might be fine.I wouldnt advise any other fish to go with him tho.

01-02-2004, 08:13 PM
o ok thanks

01-05-2004, 06:20 PM
is it a 55 long? or is it somewhat deep?

01-05-2004, 09:35 PM
its a 55 long, its almost like 21 inches tall

01-10-2004, 07:54 AM
Originally posted by Poet8102
Not really, that 55 is still gonna be too small for him.

not trying to argue but come on. how much room do they really need. i know they get to be big boys but there is a lot of room in a 55.

01-10-2004, 12:19 PM
a 55long is not wide enough it is only 12inches wide (i think). ANd oscars can and will alot of the time make it to 12inches long and longer. they need to be able to turn around

01-10-2004, 02:30 PM
13 inches wide.

less fish won't mean it's easier for 1 to turn around in though

Rex Karr
01-10-2004, 03:15 PM
Ok your right. He simply shouldn't be keeping the Oscar in the 55g to begin with.

Watcher, have you ever seen a 14-16" long cichlid? Apparently not, because I don't think anyone who has could recommend a 55g for a fish with that potential.

Rex Karr
01-10-2004, 03:17 PM
Oh, and its 12" wide on the inside.

01-14-2004, 12:52 AM
Rex is right about the 55g being small for an oscar but if you plan on getting a biggrer tank eventually then you could put similar aggression level cichlid in with the oscar but when they get to be around 6-7" you need to provide a bigger tank or trade them in and get smaller species.

03-12-2004, 07:15 PM
i have 2 oscars in a 55 gallon tank and its like a kingdom for them! they are a year and half old.8-9 inches

03-12-2004, 07:35 PM
I'm trying to start any crap in here either but if you have the appropriatley sized tank you can grow your baby oscar to his 12" potential in a year!

03-12-2004, 08:57 PM
When you sleep in a bedroom that is 8x10 and you get out of bed and bang your big toe on the nightstand or the dresser because the room is soooo cramped, wouldn't you rather be in a room that is 14x10. I think this is the analogy I would use. I can survive in an 8x10 but am much more comfortable in a 14x10. I wonder if this is debateable?

03-13-2004, 08:05 AM
I have just checked my 77Gal tank, seems that its only 15" wide, looks like im gonna need something around 24" wide to give my little guys room to swim when they hit 14 to 15". I hope 120 gal is large enough, as I dont have any room left. For now though, they look very small in this tank, but when they get to their full size, there gonna be very cramped I think.

Big Whattie
03-13-2004, 11:09 AM
ok i am not trying to start nothing with no one or anything but i have grown an oscar up to 10 inches with a catfish 11 inches and a 8 inch pleco all in a 29 gal at the same time i had them when they where small it i had them in it for around 3 years now they r in a 55 gal and they love it realy my oscar is around 12 now but he realy doesn't have hard time turning around but i will have to get something bigger real soon cause he is getting bigger so i would try to get at least a 75 gal for oscar if you wanted to get other fish but don't let me get in the way that is just my 2 cents no ofense to anyone

03-13-2004, 02:05 PM
No offense taken Big Whattie, however, unless you have developed a way to communicate with your fish, there is no way to know if they are as happy as they can be. I'm sure they are doing fine. My analogy was intended to help people understand that when they are living in millions of gallons of water in nature, I think we owe them as much space as we can give them in captivity. As I said on another thread, I realize this is limited by space and finance. I just hope that people will do as much as they can for their fish and I am confident that that is what you do Big Whattie. I hope you understand what I am trying to say. I definitely mean no offense by it.

Big Whattie
03-13-2004, 08:14 PM
i understand bevoman i was just saying they could live like that but you r probably right my fish where not happy i know longer have the catfish away to someone with a 150 gallon tank my oscar seems happier now i am goin to get a 125 tank shortly for him i agree with you bevoman i just didn't have anywhere for them so they had to make due but yea an oscar could live fine in a 55 gal i think "my opinion" but they would be much happier in a larger tank

Big Whattie
03-13-2004, 08:15 PM
i got rid of my catfish today by the way

03-13-2004, 09:44 PM
I understand and I agree big whattie. Good luck with the Oscar.