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Oscar companions???

Postby iwestley » Sun Feb 10, 2002 3:58 pm

ok...the new grrl has a question....

My partner and I breed guppies and after a VERY long time of researching and talking w/ the guys at the Aquarium Adventure Superstore (the best fish place I have ever seen...EXTREMELY knowledgeable staff <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="/cool.gif" /> ) we decided that we wanted to buy an Oscar to eat the guppies that aren't up to par. My partner and I (the petpsychos that we are) went out and bought a 55 gallon tank kit (came with thermostat controlled heater, hoods, lights, & a 30-60 gallon power filter...we had to buy the stand seperately)last night....sorry...I talk a lot <img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="/rolleyes.gif" /> ...I'll get to the question...
We don't want to keep the Oscar in solitary confinement, but we don't want two Oscars. We would like to get colorfull fish to put in w/ the Oscar, but we want them to be compatable....we were told that 5 or 6 firemouths would work, but we also like the Blue Acara (Aequidens pulcher), South American Leaf-Fish (Monocirrhus polyacanthus), Black Belt (Cichlasoma maculicauda), Nicaragua Cichlid (Cichlasoma nicaraguense), & Firehead (Cichlasoma synspilum). We plan on putting one large pleco in the tank before anything else to get the bacteria going...does anyone out there know which of the above fishes (if any) would work best in a 55 gallon tank w/ 1 Oscar & 1 large Pleco????? Any and all comments will be helpfull....thanx <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="/smile.gif" />

additional note: we don't plan on keeping the Oscar in the tank for ever...we eventually plan on getting a larger tank...when we get the Oscar he's only going to be 2-3in....
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Postby Bubbles » Sun Feb 10, 2002 4:04 pm

As for colorful fish, have you looked into clown loaches? They're fast enough to avoid a hungry, grumpy Oscar and help keep the tank clear by eating the leftover food that comes out of the Oscar's gills. they grow up to about 5-6" in captivity.

Keep them in groups of 4-6 and they should be fine with the Oscar. Provide them with a small cave and/or similar hidey holes.

Pics of the clown loach:

http://aquariacentral.com/species/db2.cgi?db=fresh&uid=default&ID=0315&picture_page_view=1
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Postby iwestley » Sun Feb 10, 2002 4:30 pm

hmmm...I hadnt thought about clown loaches....i've gone through 2 of them so far...i had 1" ones in my 20gal.....they both died...it looked like of starvation...but I didnt understand why. it wasnt like they didnt have enough to eat...so i'm a little leary of trying clown loaches with an oscar
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Postby LG » Sun Feb 10, 2002 5:10 pm

I think that pretty much all the fish that you listed will not work. My advice to you is to leave the oscar and the pl*co in the tank alone. Oscars dont really get lonely and imo he would be more happy being alone than trying to defend a territory from another fish. And also he will just socialize with you more than with a fish so it will be better. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="/wink.gif" />
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Postby iwestley » Sun Feb 10, 2002 5:39 pm

what are these severums (?) that people keep mentioning...i've looked them up in every fish book i have & so far i've only found one picture, but no other info...
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Postby Bubbles » Sun Feb 10, 2002 5:48 pm

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Postby LeWolfe » Sun Feb 10, 2002 8:00 pm

Clown Loaches are very sensitive fish - I was told they were not a good choice to start a tank with so that may be why they died.

Oscars dont get lonely is the general consensus. They are far more interested in You wherever you are in the room and when they are next going to be fed.

I have heard of people getting tanks going with some silver dollars then adding others.

I have also been told that bottom dwellers are bad to start the tank cycle with so you may want to hold off on the pleco unless Im wrong on this.
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Postby DAVE_FL » Sun Feb 10, 2002 10:33 pm

I have been told that pictus catfish are good tank mates for oscars. They look very nice and they eat all the extra food that falls out of the oscars gills. They are grey/silver with black spots and have whiskers.
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Postby juggie93 » Thu Feb 14, 2002 12:47 am

i have 2 o's, 2 gouramis, 2 blood parrots, tiger barb, bleeding heart tetra, blue tetra,8" pleco and a gold fish in my tank and they all seem to get along together. all in a 55 gallon tank. so i would say that you could put just about anything in the tank.
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Postby vanm7 » Thu Feb 14, 2002 3:38 pm

More Columbusites on the board <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="/smile.gif" /> . Welcome to Oscarfish <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="/smile.gif" /> .

I would also stick with just the oscar and pl*co in a 55-gallon tank. I wouldn't add any more cichlids to the tank because of probable territory disputes (firemouths, black belt, nigaragua, and firehead) and wouldn't add anything else because of the bioload.

I also frequent Aquarium Adventures and am rather surprised they told you "5 or 6 firemouths would work" in a 55-gallon tank with an oscar. You must have run into a new employee who didn't specialize in cichlids.

When you get the larger tank for the oscar I can certainly see adding more fish but I would wait until then <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="/smile.gif" /> .

Clown loaches grow very slowly but will reach 12-14" eventually and should be kept in schools of three or more. This calls for a large tank so I would hold off on these (if you want to try them again) until you can provide more space.
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