pH/Hardness for Oscars?

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My father and I are planning on getting a 55 gallon tank in which we will have a single Oscar. Our tap water here in Florida is very hard, does anyone know effective ways to lower it? (Also, nothing is final in this case. We haven't purchased the tank or fish yet.)
 

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did you know that Oscars grow to be 18in long and that a 55 should not be they're permanent home
 
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Indeed. Either way, a 55 gallon should be sufficient for a couple years. By that time, we should have a bigger one.
 

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ok at least you know how big they get. I just heard today when properly fed they may grow an inch a month. in a year you may have foot long fish in a 55 gal tank
 
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I'm perfectly aware of that. If anything, I've read from a couple of sources that 55 is the minimum amount for 1 oscar, with 75 being the perfect size.
 

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I'm perfectly aware of that. If anything, I've read from a couple of sources that 55 is the minimum amount for 1 oscar, with 75 being the perfect size.
I had the same problem. But don't be selfish, and the whole I'll get a bigger tank isn't the best idea. An oscar in a 55 gallon would require large water changes weekly. There is many other cichlids that will work great in a 55 gallon. IMO blood parrots are awesome. Hope you take this into consideration
 
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