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Oscars and other cichlids

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Sunday, September 09, 2001 - 06:42 am
If i put 2 oscars in 55g could i put anything else in? WHAT?



Sunday, September 09, 2001 - 12:12 pm
Maybe a pleco or catfish that's about it. I know many many other people on the web keeping Oscars and a 55gallon in the smallest tank you should even consider. They are messy, destructive but extermely personable fish. Many people use a 100 gallon tank with lots of filtration to keep them happy. They will knock equipment around and change your decor to suit their likes. They will also provide you with lots of entertainment!



Sunday, September 09, 2001 - 12:39 pm
June 2001 A fish magazine had a good article on the oscar and suggested tank size was indeed 70gallons for a pair. Only a pair or two females are compatible so if you have two males you may be in for big problems. Regarding tankmates per the article I was correct...a large armored catfish.



Sunday, September 09, 2001 - 07:11 pm
Keep in mind, plecos and other large catfish are by no means a requirement, and the fewer fish you keep, the easier maintenance should be (although you may have to get your arm wet every month or so if you get some algae on the glass).

Also, Oscars are best left alone, as has been said, but with a large enough tank (over 100 gallons) you could probably add another larger fish or two. Oscars are aggressive eaters, but aren't that mean towards fish they can't fit into their mouths. Unless they're pairing off and getting ready to spawn, they aren't too bad, but in that case, even the smallest of cichlids are aggresive.
If you do have a BIG tank, and wish to add fish along with the Oscars, other larger, mildly aggressive cichlids should work, as would smaller, more aggressive cichlids. I recently read that severums make good tankmates for Oscars among other fish.
Anyway, Aquarium Fish Magazine is running a series of articles on some of the most popular cichlids. They did an article on the Oscar about three or four months ago, which is a fairly decent oscar. Most of the fish they're doing in the series would probably work with oscars, so if you get a chance, pick up an issue or two, and give it a read.



Sunday, September 09, 2001 - 08:27 pm
A fish is Aquarium Fish magazine. I just abbreviated it. I also know at least 5 people on the web with Oscars.



Monday, September 10, 2001 - 06:35 am
I think it is really a better idea to just keep the Oscars. My LFS guy that I consider pretty knowledgeable once told me that Festivum and Angels were great tankmates. You can also read that many places. Unfortunaltely noone told Moby my 8" festivum(pictured on Badmans member gallery)! He had a exciting time terrorizing my angels until I moved him to a 55 gallon. Lucky me I had a tank to move him to. The problem with advising people with very large cichlid to get tankmates is if and when they don't get along the person has to either: 1. Beg the LFS to take the fish back. 2. Let them bully each other until one fish gets hurt. or 3. Buy another Large tank which not everyone can afford to do(especially if they are going for the smallest tank possible in the first place). If you are not an experienced fishkeeper with adequate financial resouces and able to go with option number 3 I would suggest you take the safest route and skip tankmates for large Cichlid.


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