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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:17 pm Post subject: What fish I can keep with Oscars Reply with quote

 Hi  everyone,
                     I  am  planning  to  keep  a  new  cichlid  tank  in  about  a  week.  Although  I  had  kept  few  cichlids  until  now  I  never  gave  a  thought  about  having  a  seperate  community  cichlid  tank.  My  tank  size  may  be  4/2/2  or  3/1.5/1.5  feet.  I  am  planning  to  have  a  rocky  setup  with  sand  substrate.
                       I  am  confused  while  regards  to  the  fishes  I  want  to  keep  &  their  compatibility.I  don't  want  to  keep  the  Malawi  one's.  Ideally  I  would  like  to  keep  Oscars(Albino  variety  are  generally  available  in  HYD).  What  other  fish  are  compatible  with  them.  Can  I  keep  Green  Terror,  Convicts  or  Blue  Acara  or  even  Severum.    I  have  had  Severum  and  Blue  Acara  before.  Can  I  have  any  other  fish  with  them.
                       Kindlly  reply  elobarately  to  this  ignorant  soul.
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 Sorry  I  forgot  to  ask  one  more  thing.  I  have  silver  dollars  and  sea  angels  at  home.  I  know  silver  dollars  are  compatible  but  what  about  sea  angels.  Also  any  more  tips  with  regards  to  maintaining  a  cichlid  tank  are  most  welcome.
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 Hello  albino,
 
 I  in  the  past  have  had  the  experience  of  housing  a  copper  oscar  and  an  albino  red  skin  along  wth  some  cichlid  tank  mates.And  they  all  seemed  to  get  together  very  well.But  keep  in  mind  that  whichever  fish  u  buy,buy  them  as  juveniles  and  of  more  or  less  the  same  size.Allow  them  to  grow  together  and  i  believ  they  shuld  settle  down  well.Also  keep  in  mind  the  maximum  size  tht  the  tankmate  will  attain  as  we  all  know  how  big  an  oscar  can  get.Some  of  the  fish  tht  i  had  kept  along  with  my  oscar  were  a  male  convict,a  red  devil,blue  acara,a  pacu,a  jack  dempsey  and  a  green  terror.Some  of  the  fish  i  named  are  aggressive  and  territorial  but  they  all  seemed  to  get  well  in  my  tank.Provide  lots  of  rocks  and  caves  so  tht  they  can  establish  their  territory.
 Silver  dollars  could  be  a  gud  tankmate  for  an  oscar  and  a  pacu  but  housing  them  with    cichlids  may  or  may  not  b  a  gud  idea(i  havent  had  experience  of  silver  dollars  in  a  cichlid  tank)
 By  nature  cichlids  are  messy  fish  and  the  filter  u  use  shuld  provide  sufficient  mechanical  and  biological  filtration.Hang  on  back  filters  are  a  gud  option.UG  filters  are  a  big  no  since  these  fish  dig  a  lot.
 The  excreta  of  oscars  tend  to  be  heavy  which  settle  at  the  bottom.Hence  weekly  siphoning  and  partial  water  changes  is  a  must.gud  luck  with  your  cichlid  tank  setup  Smile
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 albino,
 
 don't  even  bother  keeping  a  red  devil.    eventually  he's  going  to  get  very  very  mad  and  literally  try  and  tear  through  the  oscar...  you  can  keep  firemouths,  GT's,  convicts...  but  not  much  more  than  that.
 
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 Thanks  Vinven  &  Lance,
                           What  about  sea  angels,  will  they  adjust  to  a  rocky  setup  and  with  the  oscars.  Also  my  friend  has  suggested  to  keep  flower  horns(smaller  than  oscars).  I  don't  know  much  about  them  but  I  heard  they  are  very  aggressive.  Can  I  keep  them.
                           Any  other  suggestions  are  welcome.
 Thanks  &  regards,
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 If  Sea  angels  =  Mono  then  it  is  not  advisable  to  have  them  with  oscars  of  any  size.  
 
 As  for  as  my  experience  goes  Oscars  are  mildly  aggressive  when  well  fed.  So  you  can  go  for  the  following
 
 Convicts,  Green  terror,  Salvini,  Chocolate  cichlid,  Severums,  Tin  foils
 
 They  all  do  well  and  grow  well  with  Oscars  if  provided  with  good  hiding  places.
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 As  far  as  with  the  Oscars  that  I  have  kept,  each  of  them  had  different  personality.  So  what  I  concluded  was  that  it  is  only  a  trial  and  error  ,  no  body  can  be  sure  which  species  they  will  accept.  If  you  are  lucky  they  will  accept  it  because  I  have  one  pair  of  red  Oscars  which  will  not  allow  me  to  put  any  fish  in  the  tank,  I  have  tried  even  other  Oscars  whose  size  is  bigger  but  had  no  luck.  The  funny  thing  is  that  they  team  up  together  and  attack  the  new  entry  in  the  tank  and  now  both  of  them  enjoy  a  90  gallon  tank.
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 Hi  Albino,
 You  could  try  the  following  Cichlids:
 Severum
 Green  Terror
 Chocolate  Cichlid
 
 or  the  following  if  you  are  not  a  stickler  for  cichlids
 Tin  Foil  Barb
 Silver  Dollars
 Black  Shark  (Morulius  chrysophekadion)  (Tank  Buster)
 Giany  Gourami  (Tank  Buster)
 Pacu  (Might  attack  the  oscars  if  under  fed!)
 Bala  Sharks
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Giany  Gourami  (Tank  Buster)  
                 

 
 My  friends  Oscar  which  is  around  7"  has  taken  severe  beating  from  a  GG  which  is  of  the  same  size.
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 Sorry  for  my  ignorance  but  what  do  you  mean  by  TANK  BUSTER.  Rolling Eyes
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 I  mean  they  grow  too  huge  for  a  home  aquarium..more  suited  for  public  displays
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 albino.
 
 if  you  are  going  for  looks...  go  for  firemouths,  salvini,  GT,  convicts...  these  will  surely  look  fantastic  once  they  grow...  but  as  sridharp  said,  it  boils  down  to  your  oscar's  willingness  to  let  them  coexist...
 
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 Thanks  everyone,
                           I  have  one  more  query,  can  I  keep  african  &  american  cichlids  together  .  I  have  seen  GT'S    and  zebra  cichlids  kept  together.  Can  I  keep  zebra  cichlids  along  with  oscars.
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 Albino  keeping  African  cichlids  and  American  cichlids  eventually  depends  on  their  adult  size.  
 
 I  had  a  4"  Auratus  and  an  8"  Devil  in  a  community  tank.  But  one  day  I  woke  up  to  see  both  of  them  dead.  The  devil  had  tried  to  eat  the  auratus  but  it  got  stuck  in  its  mouth  and  blocked  its  air  supply.  
 
 Just  think  about  it.
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 albino,
 
 most  american  cichlids  will  try  to  eat  any  fish  that  fits  in  their  mouths...  and  african  cichlids  are  not  big  enough  (most  of  them,  anyway),  to  avoid  this  kind  gesture....  keep  them  separate  if  at  all  possible.
 
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