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What is the smallest tank that you could put a oscar in. I know a 29 is too small but some books say that is fine. I don't agree and want to know what your opinions are.
 

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75 gallon IMO. Some say that a 55 will work But I really dont agree, considering an oscar will easily grow larger than the width of the tank.
 

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55G is minimum if you're willing to do pleanty of water changes once it's full grown. 29G is definately too small.
 

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jhawk said:
75 is the best to get but you could use a 55 only if you have to
I would have said - '75 is better to get but you could use a 55 if you have to'

But I think you can see a consistency in opinions here.....
 

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Agreed with all of the above poster, the only thing i never agree with in these posts is the width being a problem with a 55, a fish can turn in half its body length so a 55 is fine, just means a lot more water changes.
 

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RobD213 said:
the only thing i never agree with in these posts is the width being a problem with a 55, a fish can turn in half its body length so a 55 is fine
I completely agree... not many captive Oscars actually reach 12 inches and besides... fish bend... lol...

(Note: this was written lightheartedly and meant to bring a smile, not a debate... so smile!)
 

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if your considering a 75 - might as well buy the 90... same footprint - more viewing area, and more importantly more total gallons for water stability/buffering.
 

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illy-d said:
if your considering a 75 - might as well buy the 90... same footprint - more viewing area, and more importantly more total gallons for water stability/buffering.
^^^that's good stuff... I like my 90 MUCH more than I like my 75. Many people only consider a tanks footprint, but taller tanks allow ample free swim area over well stacked caves and such... The downer is 90 Gals use thicker glass and are therefore priced a good bit higher (usually).
 

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nc_nutcase said:
jhawk said:
75 is the best to get but you could use a 55 only if you have to
I would have said - '75 is better to get but you could use a 55 if you have to'

But I think you can see a consistency in opinions here.....
Next time I'll chose my words better
 

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oh, I wasn't 'correcting' your wording as I'm sure you worded it express what you meant. I only changed it slightly to better reflect my opinion when reposting it... my opinion is no more/less valid than yours...
 

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Add one more to the '55gal is OK, 75gal is better' club. You want a 4ft length of tank minimum for one Oscar.
 

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nc_nutcase I just wrote it wrong.I think a 55 is good but just like the 75 more water and more room so if you have catfish or pleco's they have room to get away from Oscars. :)
 

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Dam, this is the most boring O tank size thread ever. Where are all the people that say say one O needs a 6' long tank by itself w/daily water changes :-?
 

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imusuallyuseless said:
Dam, this is the most boring O tank size thread ever. Where are all the people that say say one O needs a 6' long tank by itself w/daily water changes :-?
I think a 30 gal is fine :p
 

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I think me meant 300 Gal
 

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Nah I was just mocking useless, i have had my say already 55 ok 75 better, 90 even better and so on.
 

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I know... I was just dragging you to the other extreme....
 

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And heck, if your going for the 300 it would have to be custom anyway, so you might as well get a 600, and your O will be nice and happy! Of course you WILL need the 300 anyway, for the twice-weekly 50% water changes from all the waste he will produce.
 
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