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FAQ: Oscar aquarium size? Suitable tank mates?
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brandon
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PostPosted: 2003.04.13(Sun)10:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

when my oscar was small he lived w/ firemouths and a jack dempsey. I seperated them for about 6 months and he still rememberd them. he is in a 75 w/ a jack dempsey and a firemouth and they get along just fine exept for the few fights w/ the jack and the firemouth. jack dempseys don't usually target plecos, they would much rather chase your silver dollars. my jack is really calm compared to what people have said about them. he hasn't bit at my pleco yet, but my pleco is the most agressive fish in the aquarium. I'm not sure if your oscar will accept a jack since they were not grown up together.
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PostPosted: 2003.04.13(Sun)13:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

jds leave plecos alone. I have 2 with a black convict in a community tank with tetras and dianos and a fighter. I though the jds woud eat my dianos but one tryed and all of them gang beat them now they r in alliance, same with my convict, my fighter fish, my pleco, and my weather loach. it is cool. they all get along. that is in a 20 gallon soon to be in a 60-70-80 gallon. I don't know what size yet.
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PostPosted: 2003.04.13(Sun)19:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly, I decided to remove my BP. I watched the tank for a while today, and my Oscar just won't leave my BP alone. I took my BP back to my LFS (which happens to be a good one) and I ended up getting a 5-6" Jack dempsey. I was expecting all heck to break loose when I put the Jack in the tank (especially since my Oscar hasn't had any cichlids in the tank except the BP which he grew up with). But to my suprise, nothing happened. I put a lot of pellets in the tank right before I put in the JD in hopes of distracting my Oscar. To my suprise, the JD swam right out of the net and started eating all of the pellets. My Oscar has given him a bit of a chase here and there, but he is a much much better swimmer than my BP, and easily avoids my Oscar. As far as the pleco is concerned, the JD took a peek at my pleco, and the pleco came shooting out of his hiding hole and smacked the JD in the face. I guess that took care of that. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Hopefully they will be OK together.
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PostPosted: 2003.04.13(Sun)19:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

glad to hear it's going well Very Happy
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shaydawg0279
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PostPosted: 2003.04.13(Sun)21:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jack Dempseys aren't all that bad. They are going to be very close to an oscar in terms of temprement. I have a 10 inch male in a 125 gallon who is very docile. The problem is people try to put them in 30 gallons and in tight spaces, they are very nasty. He'll be fine in your 75. Your oscar is more likely to damage than he is.
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Lynsey
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PostPosted: 2003.04.13(Sun)21:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks it seems to be going quiet well. He doesn't seem to mind with my Oscar gives him a chase. He just moves and goes about his business. My BP was just getting too stressed out. It was also hard to feed my BP because of his weird little mouth. The other fish were eating it before he could get to it. The JD is very quick to get to the food, so I don't think there is a problem there.

I will keep my fingers crossed though.
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PostPosted: 2003.04.18(Fri)14:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I would keep a close eye on them. Glad there getting along though.
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uLtRa
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PostPosted: 2003.04.23(Wed)10:25    Post subject: keeping an oscar Reply with quote

I'm thinking of setting up a tank for an oscar, but I have never kept cichlids before so I need some help.

What tank size would just 1 oscar need?can they be kept on their own their whole life?

I know filtration has to be strong with oscars but what gph would I need?

What other fish would be compatible with it?

Should I keep a pleco with it to keep the tank clean?so how big a tank will I need for that?

Should the tank be planted or will the oscar uproot all the plants?

What do they eat as a staple food?

what colour morphs are available? eg tiger, albino

How can I tell a healthy oscar from a unhealthy oscar in a fish shop?

thanks
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shaydawg0279
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PostPosted: 2003.04.23(Wed)11:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

An oscar will do best in a 75 gallon tank. You can get away with a 55, but keep in mind a healthy oscar can hit 16 inches and a 55 is only 13 inches deep. In a 75, you could do a tankmate if you wanted.

Get enough filtration to turn the water 10 times an hour. If you go with the 75, you want to pump at least 750 gallons per hour.

When buying an oscar, look for one that is active, has darker, more distinct color, and that does not have any type of small holes in the head area.....known as hole-in-the-head disease. This shows week genetics and inbreeding.

A pleco is fine, but don't get a common pleco. They get huge and poop more than clean.

There are a million tankmate possiblilities. Look under the new world and american cichlid profiles. Find a couple that look interesting, then come back and ask about them.
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uLtRa
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PostPosted: 2003.04.23(Wed)15:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was interested in not keeping another cichlid with it, instead something like silver dollers. basically large 'dither' fish I suppose, and not many just 3 or 5. What does that narrow it down to now?
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