Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa, Fl

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Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa, Fl

Postby Oscar in Tampa » Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:45 pm

Hello,

My Oscar has a bit of a tragic story. A college friend of mine landed on hard times, ended up dropping out of college, loosing his job at the airport due to a merger and so on and so on. He came to move from one low rent, bank owned foreclosure to the next every few months. Till the time came that his power was shut off for an extended period of time. With no power he feared for his young Oscar's life.

Having power at my house I offered to take the fish off his hands till he could figure out what he would/could do with him. Well his decision was to move back north to where family is to lick his wounds and recoup. And apparently my irresponsible roommate made a deal to buy the fish off of him to help with traveling expenses.

Irresponsible roommate, irresponsibly chose to buy things like cigarettes and beer instead of a tester kit and chemicals for the tank. So Oscar began to develop large holes in the top of his head. My girlfriend and I fed up with this development (being the tree huggers we are living in BP occupied Gulf of Mexico, Florida) decided to deal with it. Large argument were we felt more like parents than roommates, leads to us buying everything to fix the situation, nursing the fish back to health, and taking ownership of said fishy and his 30 gallon tank. Along with the hood, light, pump and basic tank necessities and the recently acquired Pleco tank mate.

A year later, Oscar is alive and well. The holes in his head have never truly gone away but for most of this last year he looked 99% better. There has been a brief re-occurrence or two, but he is in good shape. We are animal lovers, but not fish owners. We love the two guys, but we never felt that we gave them all they needed. Always felt the tank was to small for Oscar alone, but never could afford anything else.

Well, now another stray we picked up of the 4-legged variety (the kind we are better at caring for) has recently started displaying signs of diabetes. Within a week he lost all energy and began to go blind. We are in a tough financial situation as it is right now and need to thin the herd a bit in order to keep this house afloat.

We want to find these guys good homes and sell the tank. Take it all together or we'll give the fish away and sell the tank. Everything with the tank is in good shape. Please make an offer. If you only want the tank, you can have it but only after the fish have a new home.

Hope there's someone out there who wants these guys.

Thank you
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Re: Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa,

Postby bullseyedean » Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:09 pm

I am a avid Oscar owner, and I am starting to look at adding more to the house. can you send a picture.

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Re: Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa,

Postby Oscar in Tampa » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:16 pm

Here are some pics of both Oscar and Pleco.

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Re: Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa,

Postby mchrk1ll3r » Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:45 pm

To be housed in such a small tank that Oscar looks great, I wish you the best in selling the tank and fish. However I am sure you know the fish itself needs a much larger tank(75gallons) maybe it would be best to rehome the fish apart from the tank.
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Re: Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa,

Postby Oscar in Tampa » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:00 pm

Yeah this is all information that I know now but in all honesty never sought to know. We never wanted the fish. We just felt that if left under the control of the one who had him, he would all ready be dead. If we could afford a bigger tank for them we would love to do so, but we can't. The fish deserves better absolutely. Which is why I really hope someone on here will please take him. Absolutely will let someone come and take the guy, would prefer to have both the Oscar and Pleco go together if possible. They do seem to like each other. You do not have to take the tank and equipment with him and we don't want money for the fish. It will probably be much easier to sell the tank and equipment without them anyway.

So please if anyone wants to help give these guys a better home, please do so. They both deserve to live with someone who knows what they are doing with fish and who loves to have them.
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Re: Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa,

Postby Oscar in Tampa » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:33 pm

I don't think I'm going to have very good luck on finding them new homes though. I have had 92 people look at this post and only 2 responses. What about the other 90 people? Isn't there anyone who would like a free fish or two. To give them a good home where they can be properly taken care of? Please!
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Re: Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa,

Postby ~RuSh~ » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:46 pm

My advice would be to try www.craigslist.com. I'd bet you'd get more replies in this manner. If it comes down to it, you can contact local pet stores and hope that they will take him, but that would be a last resort IMO.

Good luck, he really is a beautiful fish. I'd consider taking him if I wasn't downsizing things on my end as well.
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Re: Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa,

Postby Oscar in Tampa » Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:16 pm

Yeah I got him up on Craigslist as well. Thought I would actually have a better time here, considering that this is the home for Oscar lovers. I don't know what is going to happen. But while I have someone's attention. My neighbors just put a Coi pond in their back yard. Would it be a bad idea to the Oscar and Pleco to that? I'm sure it would be, but figured I would ask.
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Re: Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa,

Postby Kmuda » Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:34 pm

As long as the water temp does not fall below about 72 degrees, they would be fine. However, I would consider Tampa a bit further north than would normally be considered as acceptable for outdooring Oscar's year round.
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Re: Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa,

Postby Oscar in Tampa » Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:49 pm

Yeah, I would say so. We do hit 50 or below at night for a while and can hit that in the day once in a while too. Thanks for the information though. I doubt they heat an exterior pond. Are the Coi good in colder temps?
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Re: Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa,

Postby Kmuda » Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:06 pm

Yep, provided the pond is deep enough, Koi can survive the pond surface freezing.
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Re: Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa,

Postby Ted » Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:39 pm

An Oscar would almost definitely not make the winter in an outside pond in Tampa. We've had a couple very cold winters lately. I'd be surprised if that pond doesn't freeze, let alone stay about 55ish, which is really about the lowest you want to keep an Oscar.
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Re: Selling Orange Oscar, Pleco and 30 gallon tank in Tampa,

Postby Oscar in Tampa » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:19 pm

Thank you all for your help and advice. Thankfully we had someone take the tank and fish. The fish are going to his friends house who has a very large tank that all ready houses Oscars. I don't know if this post needs to be removed now that it is no longer needed. I'll leave that up to the administrators.
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