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I just got a new baby Oscar (now 2") 4 days ago. When I got him/her at the store the other day, it was almost jumping out of the tank when I put my hand near it. When I brought it home, it just hid under a piece of driftwood. :( I was really hoping he'd be the energetic one I saw in the store.

I've been reading that: in about 2 weeks he'll be fine, and begging for food/attention like he did in the store. But if this does not happen, I might upgrade to a larger tank (probably 110 gallon or 165) and get him/her a pal! I read that that can definitely make him/her happy. But I wanted a few people to give me their opinions that had more experience with Oscars since I've only kept one before.

So the overall question is: Will my 1st Oscar perk up a little more if I get it a buddy? Or will that just be a hastle later with cleaning and fighting?
 

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Wow, sorry I forgot to say the tank is 55 gallon now, haha, I feel really dumb now. :oops:

And I decided I only want one Oscar! Ha it just took some convincing to make it a little more ...Oscar-ish. When I got home, he (yep, I decided if it's gonna be a he) was kinda just watching me cautiously. About an hour later, he came up the the glass, but when I got closer, he just hid. An hour later, he came out and was wagging his tail going up and down the tank! I did get him a Pleco, and he totally ignores it, so I hope it stays that way. I'll post some youtube vids soon!

And on a side note, you guys are awesome! Anywhere else I post questions about fish, I just get a bunch of hate mail and arguments about fish, but you guys are cool! thanks FishGuy!
 

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Alright, well I know that Oscars do not like bright lights, so I am looking for a less powerful light than the normal flourecent bulbs that come with most tanks. I know that it is not really for freshwater fish, but the moonlight/lunar bulbs are not so harsh, and they give the Oscars an almost flourescent glow. However, I do not know much about lighting at all, so I was hoping you guys could give some advice.

And the next part is substrate. I know that sand and gravel are both ok for Oscars, but if I use special substrate for plants, like this one:
http://www.petco.com/product/111998/Eco ... ate-111998

Is it better for the Oscar in anyway? The substrate is for plants, and most substrates like that usually grow more algae than normal. However, this one says it evades this problem, but I am not sure. That is why I am asking :D

Thank you to anyone who answers me, you guys are awesome!
 

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oh ya, the substrate has heterotrophic bacteria, so it has some good bacteria for the tank! And if Oscars a little messy anyways, then this extra good bacteria wouldn't hurt, right?
 

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Oh, alright, well awesome! I do usually leave the lights out when I am not home, but I have never tried the cardboard thing. I will do this and see if he gets a litttle less stressed with the light on. Thanks!
 
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