View Full Version : Oscar Tank Mates

04-15-2006, 09:28 AM
Ok my Oscar tank containg one 7" Albino oscar, one 5" Pink Oscar and a 5 1/2" green sevrum looks bare, they get along fine but i want to get some cichlids that share the same eating style or bottom dwellers that are of similar size and go well together to add a little colour

Im already planning an arowana

04-15-2006, 07:21 PM
I can think of a number of things but my personal first choice would be bottom dwelling pike cichlids.

04-15-2006, 07:23 PM
pike cichlids?

04-15-2006, 07:38 PM
Crenichicla species. Wonderful predatory cichlids.

Pike cichlid Example Pics 1 (http://www.tangledupincichlids.com/images/tapaj4.jpg)
Pike cichlid Example Pics 2 (http://www.tangledupincichlids.com/images/xingu2.jpg)
Pike cichlid Example Pics 3 (http://www.tangledupincichlids.com/images/cobrafem1.jpg)

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04-15-2006, 07:58 PM
Nice ill see what i can get

04-15-2006, 08:06 PM
Glad you like them. They can be hard to find but are worth looking for.

04-15-2006, 08:07 PM
well, here in australia, just about all fish i like are hard to find

04-15-2006, 08:16 PM

07-15-2006, 11:13 PM
Well I was wondering if an oscar would go alright with a betta. I have a ten gallon tank and the guy at the store said he had a 14 inch oscar and that they are the coolest fish and he seemed to really enjoy them... I am looking for some stuff to add with my betta because as of now it is all alone in a 10 gallon tank lol

07-16-2006, 10:57 AM
an oscar would make a short meal of a betta im afraid, but ive found i can keep many species of fish with bettas

07-16-2006, 12:30 PM
Ummm....a 14 inch oscar in a ten gal tank.....not a good mental picture!

07-16-2006, 04:51 PM
Yeah after I wrote that I figured out it was not a good idea... whoops lol

08-15-2006, 05:58 PM
hey i just found a site which announced that these species can be kept with oscars some im not to sure about and was going to post to see what everyone else thinks

Barbs: Large Rosy Barb, Large Tiger Barb, Tinfoil Barb

Catfish: Ashara Catfish, Channel Catfish, Plecostomus Catfish, Shovelnose Catfish, Red Tail Catfish

Cichlids: Buttikoferi Cichlid, Green Terror Cichlid, Jack Dempsey Cichlid, Manganese Cichlid, Oscar Cichlid, Red Devil Cichlid

Eels: Large Fire Eel

Knifefish: Large African Knifefish, Clown Knifefish

Rainbowfish: Large Australian Rainbowfish

Sharks: Black Shark, Iridescent Shark, Red Tail Shark, Red Rainbow Shark

Other Fish: Annostomus, Large Arowana, Snakehead, Wolf fish, Pacu, Silver Dollar, Polypterus

08-15-2006, 06:16 PM
tankmates depends on the species, the diet of the oscar (never fed live=less aggressive), tank size, the water parameters of the species, filtration, water change schedule, and sometimes other things.

08-15-2006, 06:35 PM
Some of those species could end up as food for an adult oscar.

08-15-2006, 06:38 PM
thats what i thought

08-15-2006, 07:55 PM
what about my acaras what size should they be before going with my 9 - 10 inch oscar

08-16-2006, 01:36 AM
depends on the oscars. never if the oscars are still in the 20 gallon, but assuming you have them in a tank big enough for the oscars and the acaras you could try it at about 4-5" for the acara. do you ever feed the oscars live food of any kind?

08-26-2006, 12:34 AM
I have a 6" JD in with my oscar and they get along fine. My Oscar is only about 4" so i havent had any aggresion issues yet, hopefully it stays that way

08-26-2006, 04:45 AM
I have a friend who has 3 tin foil barbs and an oscar ina 75 and they are fine.

08-27-2006, 10:05 AM
i havent fed my oscars live food since the largest was about 6 inches and the smaller one was 3, they are now as you know 10 and 7 inches

10-03-2006, 07:12 PM
ok dude i hav a pike cichlid and an oscar just got the pike. jaguar cichlids.... love oscars like wow i think mine will mate with the oscar they wont leave eachother alone they just keep folowing eachother there both 1 year old and mines 7 long too :) and pike like 5 and jag like 5 jags allll the way dude plus there real pretty just have a couple caves in there

10-03-2006, 07:14 PM
jags all the way man and pikes that dudes right there awesome but hard to find and can b very xpensive mine was 40$! marbled pike...jaguar ciclid kool fish...

Lady Hobbs
10-03-2006, 08:04 PM
Nice links and nice fish.

11-01-2006, 03:55 PM
Story about putting new fish in with your oscar. I have a oscar that I have raised from an inch to about 8-10 inches. I just upgraded to a 90 Gallon tank and wanted to add some new fish because I thought my oscar was lonely. So I went and got a green terror. They got along fine for the first couple days. Small signs of aggression and establishments of who owns the tank but nothing to crazy. Then I decided to get a Banded Leporinus and a Texas Blue and convict mix and put them in together. The green terror was about the same size as my oscar. The Banded Leporinus was a little larger then them and my texas blue and convict mix was smaller about 6 inches. Anyway they all ganged up on my oscar and tore him up really bad. I ended up getting rid of all the other fish because my oscar is my pale. He is my child basically. Anyway I have learned my lesson to not introduce any more fish to the tank. I am to scared to. Does anyone have any suggestion on how I can introduce more fish without killing my oscar?

Thanks for the help

Lady Hobbs
11-01-2006, 10:49 PM
well, here in australia, just about all fish i like are hard to find
And you probably have millions of the rainbows that I'd like to find. They are pretty expensive here in the States. Not many under $9 upwards to $12.