125 gallon Oscar Tank.

BigBoom217

Hey everyone,

Bought a used 125g tank and stand combo from a guy on craigslist for 150$. What came next was unexpected. I could NOT decide what I wanted to do with it. Planted, Brackish, Brackish planted, Goldfish, Low Tech Planted, High Tech Planted, Big Fish, Little fish, Bare bottom show fish, discus (Found out you need RO water so dropped that), Native Pennsylvania Game fish. It was bad. So many headaches. Anyone I have mentioned in some posts but for those who don't know I drive tractor trailer for a living so Monday-Friday it's work-sleep-work-sleep-work-sleep-work. So I needed to do something that was easy enough that I could do all the required maintenance on Saturdays.
After talking to my several LFS's (Three local guys, Petco [Actually has a very knowledgeable fish person]) The local guys all wanted me to stuff it with africans which I got the feeling was because they knew I would be dumping 400$ into initial stock and then coming back to replace aggression deaths. Then while standing in petsmart I saw this poor little Red Oscar getting picked on and an Albino Oscar coming to his defense and the two of them cornered fighting off much larger oscars stuffed in that little tank.. safe to saw they now have a 125g tank all to themselves (And a striped raphael cat but who cares).

I went cheap on what I could and didn't spare any expensive on the filter:

Fluval Fx6

Lighting is two 8.5inch aluminum with CFL bulbs.

Substrate: Black Diamond 20/40 Blasting Abrasive

Two Aqueon 300watt heaters

Throw in some leftover driftwood and I had a tank.

I did a ton of on the black diamond and I don't know where people were getting the idea that it's sharp.. I've ran it through my hands very roughly and it's pretty soft. I'll admit, not as soft as argonite,.. but it's not razor blades. My only complaint is that I washed and washed and washed it however I still have a decent amount of it floating on the top of the tank.. and some pieces are too fine and slip through my net. Other than that.. 16$ for 100lbs saved a lot of money.

Going to get some black poster board for the background and I have PVC heater chambers in the works just figured I won't need it until these little guys turn into monsters.
 

Aquaphobia

Sounds wonderful and good job giving some very stressed fishies a safe home! I love Oscars and someday I hope to have the room and the knowledge to keep some
 

BigBoom217

Sounds wonderful and good job giving some very stressed fishies a safe home! I love Oscars and someday I hope to have the room and the knowledge to keep some

I think it's quite easy. Proper diet, Proper Space, and understand that they are big clumsy fish and might break stuff. Haha
 

Anders247

Congrats on the new tank!
 

Aquaphobia

I think it's quite easy. Proper diet, Proper Space, and understand that they are big clumsy fish and might break stuff. Haha

Unfortunately, my "proper space" is mostly taken up by chinchillas. Bettas were all I could shoehorn in
 

biller

My o does not like plants of any kind. He will pull them up even if they are in the corner.

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BigBoom217

That's Java fern and Java moss that grew onto the driftwood and I didn't feel like ripping it all off. Figured it'll be some amusement for them.


 

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