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    my oscar is 3 1/2" and yea a pleco would be nice, i finnaly have alge brown alge to be exact. And to my knowledge its because im over feeding. And ive never seen an oscar get much bigger than a pie plate. Ive seen them 10'' the max and thats in a big aquarium like mine. I was thinking maybe 1 convict, 1 firemouth and maybe 1 green terror which get 7-8".

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    you could house the others with the oscar right now, but evenutally you will have to remove everyone else from the tank and let the oscar have it all to himself.
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    ok cool, ill take a look this weekend.

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    just remember to have plans for the other fish in the future. and watch that no one gets to aggressive with each other.
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    remember to make sure you have a place for them when you have to separate them!

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    Don't get a pleco, they get big and are also very messy. Don't add anything to the tank, your oscar will grow.
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    10" is not the max! they should go at least 12"

    the others said the right things but if your still gonna go to wrong way then listen to me!! if you want to keep the oscar with other fish for long time, you should keep them together since they are baby. if they used to each other in childhood they usually remain less aggressive toward each other in future.

    blood parrots can be kept with oscars easily. they should be at same size. if you think you must get a tank mate i suggest BP.
    you mentioned green terror, its not a good choice because GT is not as aggressive as oscar is. but if you went to keep them together GT should be bigger than oscar.
    my smaller GT got killed by my oscar in the avatar some months ago.
    theres no problem with pleco but its not something special IMO! i don't count it as a tank mate! and it get big and messy.

    if you get some other fish just make sure that you have provided lots of escaping and hidden positions in the tank.
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    only 1 oscar in a 55g.

    if you can get a bigger tank, like a 200g, you can get large plecos, jack dempseys, red devils, arowanas (400g then), etc

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    yes only 1 mature oscar in a 55g!
    but you don't have to keep a baby oscar alone in a 55g for at least next 6 months. its not a small period of time.
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    Many only get to be 10-12" because they are kept in relatively small tanks like 55s. They can hit 15-18". Not all of them, but the biggest kept in the right conditions can. In my experience a 75 is minimum because it is 18" wide, whereas a 55 is only 12" wide. Fish should be in a tank at least as wide as they are long. Since oscars can get over a foot they should be in a tank more than a foot wide.

    You have room now, but in the long run there is not much that can go in a properly cared for 55 with an oscar. Keep in mind it is not just tank size but water quality as well that dictates the maximum capacity of fish. That means you need A LOT of filtration and an aggressive water change schedule to keep these big messy fish healthy in a small tank. And yes, for an oscar a 55 is a small tank.

    There are many options and many are dependent on the individual personalities. I have found oscars to be quite laid back for such a large cichlid. From my experience a green terror is more aggressive than an oscar, obviously this is not always the case. For tankmates you are looking at things like other similarly sized and tempered cichlids, bichirs, plecos, Synodontis spp., silver dollars, giant danios, a number of catfish, and many more. None of these always work. Whatever you want to try get it now so that they can grow up together, which reduces the risks of problems down the road. Another factor is what you feed. If you feed live food you will increase their aggression levels, increasing the likelihood of problems down the road.
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