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Oscar companion question

Postby nam macs » Fri Jan 19, 2007 10:51 am

I have a new 75 gallon aquarium, and I will start cycling it soon. I'm wondering what you guys think would make the best companion for a newly purchased 3 inch oscar. When the tank is done cycling, I will purchase it. Im thinking along the lines of 2-3 other cichlids. What kind do you think will leave my oscar alone, and vice versa?

Also, any advice on fishless tank cycling? I have never done that and I would like to try!
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Re: Oscar companion question

Postby WantanOscar » Fri Jan 19, 2007 11:16 am

nam macs wrote:I have a new 75 gallon aquarium, and I will start cycling it soon. I'm wondering what you guys think would make the best companion for a newly purchased 3 inch oscar. When the tank is done cycling, I will purchase it. Im thinking along the lines of 2-3 other cichlids. What kind do you think will leave my oscar alone, and vice versa?

Also, any advice on fishless tank cycling? I have never done that and I would like to try!


The good news..a 75 gallon is great for an Oscar.
The bad news..he'll need as much of that tank as possible. I know he's little now, but they grow REALLY fast and require alot of space and alot of water.
I personally wouldn't put anything with him. Keeping him in the 75 gallon alone will make tank maintenace much easier, you have no worries of aggression, and you can provide him with the best care.

If you MUST have something else in the tank..the only fish I would recommend would be about 3 regular Silver Dollars. And get them a little on the larger side so the Oscar doesn't outgrow them and eat them.

Here's an article on how to cycle a tank. Congrats on doing a fishless cycle! Starting the tank out the correct way gives your fish the best possible start.

http://www.oscarfish.com/cms_view_article.php?aid=16
Cycling a Tank Information ( Nitrogen Cycle)

http://www.oscarfish.com/cms_view_article.php?aid=29
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Postby tomiosis » Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:52 pm

If u must get a tank mate and u are religious about you're weekly water changes, u could get away with a fire mouth or JD but that's all for a 75.
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Postby sprout » Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:54 pm

You could also manage a single convict. But have an alternate plan in case they don't get along.
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Postby Chow-Chow » Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:00 pm

Just be like me and have only one Oscar in a 75 gallon to him/herself. :) My Oscar is 3 inches also. He was 1 1/2 inch a month ago, when I got him. I believe, I can go up to two weeks without a water change, as for now. Right now, I do a 25% water change weekly. Before the partial water change, I test my nitrate and it's always close to 5 ppm. :D
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Postby nam macs » Sat Jan 20, 2007 10:37 pm

Thank you everyone for your input. I will probably just go with just an oscar, but I am worried that the tank will be boring, or that the oscar might actually be bored.

I am hoping for a nice, smart oscar, so if no fishes is better for him, I would rather have none for a better oscar, but I would like a few tank mates for a more active tank.
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Postby ChileRelleno » Sat Jan 20, 2007 11:52 pm

You could add one small-medium sized cichlid or Plec/Cat.
3 SD's is doable but a tad heavily stocked when adults, large Giant Danios would work too.
As already noted, a 75gal is IMHO the ideal minimum for one adult O and any tankmates may mean more maintenance work.

A healthy active O is definitely not boring and O's will not get bored without a tankmate.
Solitary O is perfectly acceptable and even recommendable for the 75gal.
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Postby nam macs » Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:21 am

ChileRelleno wrote:You could add one small-medium sized cichlid or Plec/Cat.
3 SD's is doable but a tad heavily stocked when adults, large Giant Danios would work too.
As already noted, a 75gal is IMHO the ideal minimum for one adult O and any tankmates may mean more maintenance work.

A healthy active O is definitely not boring and O's will not get bored without a tankmate.
Solitary O is perfectly acceptable and even recommendable for the 75gal.


That is good advice, and thanks. Does a giant Danio look just like the little ones? Just bigger? Sounds interesting. Also, I am not worried about doing a little extra work. I have maintained a 30 gallon and a 10 gallon, and some aquarists suggest those need the most work of any size.

I am very excited about getting a bigger tank, and I hope oscars are the right choice.
Hopefully, if my new landlord isn't a jerk, I can set up my 90 gallon again :D
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Postby gyroflare » Sun Jan 21, 2007 2:34 am

i'd add three sd.
well i know that in my 120g with one 6in o i don't have to do wc for three weeks or even a month(haven't tried that)
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Postby ChileRelleno » Sun Jan 21, 2007 2:51 am

You'd have to find or order some large adults, max at 4-5".
And some still might get eaten, if he can catch'em, very fast fish :twisted:
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SD's are a great choice, if your willing to to do possibly two PWC's per week then you could go ahead with'em.

Really tho, your O has the final word, he may want to eat/kill anything/anyone or he may just take a random liking to whatever/whoever...
Ya just never know till ya try.
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Postby maseyferguson05 » Sun Jan 21, 2007 3:26 am

Putting new fish into an aquarium with an oscar is risky business. Think of the new fish as a feeder( put into a tank to be eaten). This is how your oscar thinks about a newly introduced fish(FOOD!) But you never know until you try.
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Postby brianrpaul » Sun Jan 21, 2007 7:01 pm

I read a lot of post just like this and decided that i would put 3 silver dollars in my tank. My oscar is about 5 inches long right now. i put the sd's in and one only lasted about 5 min. before my oscar killed it. then just this morning i looked in my tank and my oscar was swimming around with the head of one in his mouth and it died, so i am left with one and I'm not to optimistic about his chances of survival. all i am saying is if you do buy sd's buy the largest ones you can find, and with 75 gal. there might not be enough room for them to escape your oscar once he gets a little larger. i promise you you won't get bored with your oscar by himself. i never even see my sd's, when they were alive, because they were always hiding in the decor.
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Postby Spokaloo » Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:15 am

I have had great success with a single Convict in roughly that size of tank. Very interesting fish with an O.
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Postby ChileRelleno » Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:56 am

Hmmm... I should've mentioned that I've a G. Sev in my 75gal with my O.
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