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Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fish?

Postby marcaddison » Tue May 22, 2012 2:30 am

2 x South American Black Acara (1 male, 1 female)
2 x Convict Cichlids (1 male, 1 female)
1 x Firemouth Cichlids (female)
1 x Jewel Cichlids (female)
1 x Green Terror (female)
1 x Oscar
1 x Plec

Also, how big will the green terror get?

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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby smitty » Tue May 22, 2012 6:42 am

You definitely can not do a GT and Oscar for anything long term. It would definitely have to be short term. You can give it a try but I know it will not work unless you are willing to change 25pct of water every other day.
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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby aggriffin3 » Tue May 22, 2012 9:22 am

Too much aggression in that tank, and being as small a tank as it is, not enough distance between blind spots. I think a GT, pleco and maybe one convict and one firemouth might work. The pleco gets very big if its a common. Or One Oscar and pleco.
Or you could do One Convict, firemouth and Jewel. If you get a pair of any of these, I don't think the tank is big enough without a lot of aggression during breeding.
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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby bluejack23 » Tue May 22, 2012 1:36 pm

I would never suggest doing a 25% water change every pther day. This would ne over stocked but water changes that volume so frequently is guaranteed to stress any fish
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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby marcaddison » Tue May 22, 2012 2:02 pm

Sorry my mistake it's actually a 95 gallon tank! Will that make a difference?
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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby bluejack23 » Tue May 22, 2012 2:17 pm

Not really. I would either rule out the oscar and terror or keep one in the tank with a pleco. A 90 gal should have the same footprint. If it were a 6 foot tank it would have a better chance of working
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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby marcaddison » Tue May 22, 2012 2:45 pm

If I took the green terror out of the equation altogether and kept the oscar, would the above combination of fish wotk in the 95 gallon tank?
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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby marcaddison » Tue May 22, 2012 3:34 pm

Apologies if I seem like a complete novice it's because I am :)
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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby bluejack23 » Tue May 22, 2012 3:38 pm

It would become crowded as they mature especially if the cons or acaras paired up. A four foot tank doesnt give that many fish alot of room to swim.
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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby irondan » Tue May 22, 2012 3:50 pm

i have a 125 gallon ca/sa tank. the dominant fish are a 10 inch male gt, a 10 inch male nic and a pair of oscars, 7 inch and 10 inch. there are also an assortment of loaches and smaller cichlids, spilurus and jewel. as soon as i put the oscars in, the tank looked crowded. i am presently looking to rehome the oscars. a 95 might be ok for a single oscar only but a 6 foot tank would be better. my choice would be gt and jewels. good luck :)
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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby BigJagLover » Tue May 22, 2012 8:01 pm

I would say lose the green terror, one of the acara, the male con and then you should be pretty good for a pretty long while.
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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby jd lover » Wed May 23, 2012 2:25 pm

bluejack23 wrote:I would never suggest doing a 25% water change every pther day. This would ne over stocked but water changes that volume so frequently is guaranteed to stress any fish


Are You kidding? -.- I do 80%+ daily and last I check my fish are thriving not stressing. What will stress them out is dirty gross water full of waste. Not clean pristine mineral filled water
no medicine works better than clean water.
no such thing as too much clean water, so go do a water change now.
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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby marcaddison » Thu May 24, 2012 3:04 pm

I've reduced the stock to the following occupants in the 95 gallon tank;

1 x South American Black Acara (female)
1 x Convict Cichlid (female)
1 x Firemouth Cichlid (female)
1 x Green Terror (female)
1 x Oscar
1 x Plec

What do people think now about my tank being mostly haromnious long term? Feel free to be brutally honest, I want this tank to work long term and I'm still a novice.

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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby jd lover » Thu May 24, 2012 3:13 pm

Get rid of the Oscar and the Pleco and and your bioload will be ALOT better. Aggression wise you might still have problems
no medicine works better than clean water.
no such thing as too much clean water, so go do a water change now.
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Re: Is a 75 Gallon tank big enough to house the following fi

Postby rmcder » Sun May 27, 2012 9:49 am

What might work now with smaller fish can become unworkable down the line. Imo, a full-grown OSCAR and GT in a 75g tank is crowded. That the gt is a female helps a little, though. If all these fish are 3-4" right now, then it may work for a while, but trouble's coming.

A firemouth is going to have trouble holding its own in that tank. They tend to be pushy, but haven't the goods to back it up. If the gt gets nasty (and some do), the firemouth is going to be in trouble. The convict can hide. Common pleco (which I assume this is) is going to get too big to throw into the mix, but you need something that can clean up after the Oscar - pictus cat would be a better choice.

I agree with others that you need to be thinking EITHER oscar OR gt, but not both. You can maybe get away with the acara. The convict should be ok. Ditch the pleco and get the pictus (or two). The oscar will get BIG, so that limits what else you can have. The gt can become nasty, which ALSO would limit what you can have.
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