My 2 15" oscars and 10" red devil plecos large mouth bass goldfish silver dollar set up
HELP! I went to the pet store and bought a 10 gallon tank, with all of the suitable requirements, (tank cleaner, ornaments, filter, etc.) Then I foolishly decided on a tropical fish I liked, Albino Oscar. When I asked the pet store employees, they said that a 10 gallon tank was ok for my oscar. I've since found out they grow much larger. I really Love my fish but simply can't care for one that grows that big, especially with my tank. Will stores take him or what should I do?
Although it may take a long time for your oscars to breed, stay patient, and be prepared to lose some eggs or fry once they do breed. The large aquarium required to keep oscars and the hard work that comes with breeding them is worth it once you see healthy, growing fry. Good luck in breeding these wonderful fish!
How much for a large Oscar in your fish store
Oscar fish need a large aquarium tank
You should consider the cost of keeping a large aquarium running 24/7. You will need a heater and a filter running every single day of the year. Because Oscars are tropical fish the aquarium water must be kept warm at all times. A 55-gallon aquarium is going to require a minimum of 200 W of heating that must be switched on all the time (imagine leaving the house lights on 24/7 in two or three rooms of your house). Filters won't use as much power, but they will still need to be kept running at all times. Many of us have water meters and therefore pay for what you use. The bigger the tank, the bigger the water change each week. Then you've got your food on top of all this, plus any medication that may be needed. The biggest mistake you can make is thinking that an aquarium doesn't cost anything to run. Big aquariums can not only increase your electric bill each year but also the water bill at the same time.People often ask how big the aquarium should be for one or two Oscars. My advice would be to give your fish the biggest aquarium that you can both house and afford. The rule of thumb and what is uniformly accepted throughout the Oscar fish community is that a single adult Oscar must have an absolute minimum of 55 gallons to itself. This means the fish must have the entire aquarium to itself, no tank mates at all. So if you want to keep even one tank mates as well, you're going to need to start looking for aquariums in excess of 75 gallons. Once you start getting into the realms of more than one Oscar, you're looking at aquariums sizes of 100 gallons and upwards. It shouldn't be difficult to do the calculations, the more Oscars you have the bigger the aquarium. Four Oscars will require an extremely large aquarium of at least 200 gallons. Also, remember that large aquariums need to have filtration to match. Once you start getting into the world of really big fish tanks, you need lots of filtration which doesn't come cheap. You will also need to heat your aquarium as well, a 55-gallon tank can be heated easily with 200 W. However once you start getting over 150 gallons, you're looking at a fair amount of heat that will need to be running 24/7. Remember that all this is going to cost money, lots of money if you are heating large amounts of water.