10 gallon reservoir to small for Oscar?
My neighbor just added an Oscar Fish to his collection. This is only a 10 gallon tank. When i checked this fish out online i be suprised to see that Oscar get quite large. He have it in a tank full of African Cichlids (how u spel?).
A) Will the Oscar be able to live beside these other fish?
B) Do Oscars continually grow? Or do they grow based on the habitat (ie will not get huge because confined to a 10 gallon tank)?
thanks for your assist
yes they can grow over 10 inches
You need at lowest a 55 gallon tank for this fish alone!!
Without proper heating and excellent filtration, this fish will not last you long. The oscar will be stressed out from overcrowding and die, from ammonia poisoning and/or the african cichlids, which are more agressive than oscars, will gun down him.
Please save this fish!
please tell your neighbour to move this fish to a bigger tank because he will be very dismal and die. Oscars are amazing and have great character and become very attached to their owners whether treated properly also they are very intelligent and often will take food from your paw and let themselves be stroked.
B - The Oscar wont get very big, because it will die prematurely within that size tank. They should grow to around a foot long and live for maybe 8 years. Just not going to happen contained by a 10gal tank.
A 10gal tank isn't really suitable for any cichlids, and especially not Oscars.
A) An Oscar shouldnt be in there regardless of container size, if they were in 100gal container, they would still fight, the africans are highly territorial and the oscar will eat anything, also depending on the species of cichlids that are contained by the tank with the oscar (African cichlid is a broad term) they may need a much better Ph
B) Oscars can grow up to around 16'' and live about 12 years if given proper housing. In a sense they grow based on the size of their container, what happens if the tank is too small it will stunt their growth, their organs will verbs to grow but their bodies wont and die because of it.
I suggest you tell you neighbor to take the fish spinal column and do a lot of reading before putting fish in his container, you cant go to a store, see a fish you like and then basically add it to a tank, it simply doesnt work like that, within are tons of sites online to learn about different species and general fishkeeping, fishlore.com and badmanstropicalfish.com are well brought-up ones