does temperature contribute to size? - Oscar Fish Advice Forum
What temperature should the tank stay? Do I need to buy a heater for my aquarium? How do i know what size to buy? I just adopted this oscar fish to care for.
It is also helpful to increase the water temperature during the time that you are treating your oscar fish. The higher temperature will speed up the life cycle of the ich parasite and will decrease the time required for treatment. Some of the medications used to treat ich are toxic to invertebrates or to live plants. Read the label directions carefully or consult with your veterinarian about specific doses, or any special considerations for your aquarium. Some fish with ich will also suffer from secondary bacterial infections and may need an antibiotic.
Oscars thrive in tanks with heavy rocks and driftwood, they don't like bright lighting. Plants are perfect addition, however this species might rearrange them as per own expectations. Due to size and amounts of excrement produced by these fish, excellent filtration is crucial - external canister filters are recommended! Test water on a regular basis for these values: pH, ammonia, carbonate hardness. Ammonia readings should be nil, carbonate hardness must be 4 or greater. The optimal temperature is between 26-28 °C (78-82°F).
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Oscar Fish Forum :: Topic: Oscar Suitable Temperature (1/2)
: I was wondering if I need a heater for my Oscar tank? I heard they are tropical fish but my house stays sort of warm all the time. What temperature should the tank stay? Do I need to buy a heater for my aquarium? How do i know what size to buy? I just adopted this for.You should also never forget to maintain optimum level of water temperature and pH. After the cycling process of 6 to 8 weeks, you need to introduce your Oscar fish into the water tank from plastic bag you bought from the fish store.Oscar Cichlid Care Tips Tank Size: An Oscar aquarium should provide at least 30 gallons (114 litres) of space per Oscar in the tank. Tank Setup: Oscars are notorious in destroying live or artificial plants in the aquarium. A driftwood, rock or similar hardy setup with lots of variations is best for an Oscar. Oscars love to dig a lot, so use a substrate accordingly. Number of Fish: The Oscar Cichlid is not a schooling fish and hence can be kept alone in the tank. However if you wish to add more Oscars, ensure you meet the tank size requirements. Water Filtration: Oscars are very messy. Perform weekly 10-15% water changes so that your Oscar always has clean water. Ensure you have a large filter which can filter the entire tank regularly. You can also have multiple smaller filters in the tank which could help preventing the risk of cycling your tank again after cleaning the filter media. Water Temperature: The Oscar’s temperature should be 77 F (25 C), and ideally should remain between 74 and 81 F (23.5 and 27C). Keeping an Oscar too warm for long periods of time will result in Oxygen deprivation which could result in several complications in the Cichlid. Water pH level: The Oscar Cichlid’s tank water needs to be slightly acidic at a pH ranging from 6.8 to 8.0. Food: The Oscars are carnivores. Their preference is live food, small fish earthworms, brine shrimp for smaller Oscars. Resist the temptation to feed your fish every time you visit the tank. They are beggars and always act as if they are hungry. Tank Mates & Other Fish: Oscar Cichlids is good with any other fish which is of equal in size. They tend to eat smaller fish thinking them to be food.
References: Whereas Oscars can tolerate water temperature down to 21°C 70°F, other fish may not favour these conditions. Keeping fish in water that is too cold for them can sometimes result in diseases such as Ick, so you do have to think carefully about heating your tank properly.