My First Tank. Oscars And Plecos.

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This is my very first tank. I bought it almost a year ago as an already established tank. 
It is a 55gal. When I originally got it, it was WAY over loaded. Three cichlids, two oscars, and two plecos. Guy was just gonna dump the fish and sell the equipment if I hadn't of got it from him. I was able to find two of the cichlids good homes quickly. I still have the Oscars and Plecos. I am trying to get a bigger tank now for the kids to swim around in. Looking to go to around 150gal.
 
Because of the amount of fish in there I have it heavily filtrated. At least heavy in my opinion for a 55, but I could be wrong. I have three Fluval filters (the 305 canister and two HOB 70s)
 
Also five pieces of live rock to help the PH and to create a few spots for the plecos. 
 
 
 
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Beautiful fish :D Must say i rather like the rock too :) and your tanks nice and clean
 
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Thank you very much. I don't like a dirty tank so I work at keeping it clean especially with the bioload in that tank. 15-20% water changes every week, and keeping up with the filtration system maintenance is the biggest part.
 

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Very nice set up and good looking fish to :)
 

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Lovely looking tank. You might want to add some wood for the pleco's to rasp on, also oscars like wood. Just a word of warning though oscars are really strong, the rocks on the left if that top one is not stuck to the others they could push it off.
 

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Personally, I don't think that rock is appropriate for the fish you have. The oscars are South American fish, which come from soft, acidic waters, with lots of wood.

I would also up your water changes, by quite a lot. When I had one oscar (oscars arecichlids, btw) and a gibbi in a 55 gallon (only temporarily! They have a 125 gallon now!), I was doing a minimum of 60 or 75% changes weekly, or the nitrates flew up, and there's a risk of stunting the fish also.

Definitely get them in a bigger tank, ASAP, too.

Good luck with them, they're very handsome fish
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The rocks were added to raise the ph some because of the other cichlids that were in there (I do know that Ocsars are cichlids but it was easier from a description standpoint, but thank you for making sure I knew considering its my first tank :). Now that they are gone though, I do need to redo the tank a little. 
I am looking for a new tank. I am wanting at least a 110 at minimum, but I am shooting for a 150/180gal. I start a new job in August so I should have one soon after. 
I will start with bigger water changes tomorrow, gotta have the extra water prepared. Thank you all for the complements and advise, I'm still kinda learning as I go.
 

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