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    I currently have 2 small oscars in my tank with a number of smaller fish and i have been told that once the oscars grow they will eat all my fish , i am planing on buying a second tank for my 2 oscars , are there any fish that make good oscar tank mates? also what is the size requirement needed for a tank with 2 oscars?

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    I have mine with a Tilapia, they tend to be good with any south american cichlids too big to fit in their mouth and of course plecos.

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    for 2 oscars i think a 100 gal would be minimum size. oscars really shouldn't be kept with other fish since they are so aggressive. i know of some people that have managed to keep other fish with them, but that will mean you will need an even bigger tank....like a 150gal
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    Quote Originally Posted by goleafs
    I have mine with a Tilapia, they tend to be good with any south american cichlids too big to fit in their mouth and of course plecos.
    ofcourse i forgot about plecos, i have one in my tank now, I will get another for my oscar tank as it should do a good cleaning job.

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    Right now I have a paroon shark, a pleco, a green terror, a convict and a knife fish with my oscar. All are way too big to fit in his mouth, and they all get along well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZCciVic22
    Right now I have a paroon shark, a pleco, a green terror, a convict and a knife fish with my oscar. All are way too big to fit in his mouth, and they all get along well!
    is feeding an issue? i find that my other fish struggle a bit to compete with the oscars for food, i could solve the problem by simply putting lots more food in but i have been told that that could push the nitrate and amonium levels up

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZCciVic22
    Right now I have a paroon shark, a pleco, a green terror, a convict and a knife fish with my oscar. All are way too big to fit in his mouth, and they all get along well!
    what size tank to do have them all in? what are you going to do with them when they are all full grown?
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    Quote Originally Posted by melbfish20
    is feeding an issue? i find that my other fish struggle a bit to compete with the oscars for food, i could solve the problem by simply putting lots more food in but i have been told that that could push the nitrate and amonium levels up

    No issues with feeding. If it's a pellet day, the Oscar is amazingly gentle about eating. He's very slow to go up, sucks a couple in, then backs up. The convict and green terror have learned to be quick. Everyone eats well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaga's Kritters
    what size tank to do have them all in? what are you going to do with them when they are all full grown?

    Sorry about the 2 posts, but I dunno how to quote 2 people in the same post! They are currently in a 150gal tank, and will be moved to a 265gal within the next month or so. As far as what to do with them when full grown... I dunno! The Paroon gets anywhere from 5-9' when fully grown. The 9' is more in the wild. 5' is still way to large. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get to it! Anyone want a monster catfish? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZCciVic22
    Sorry about the 2 posts, but I dunno how to quote 2 people in the same post! They are currently in a 150gal tank, and will be moved to a 265gal within the next month or so. As far as what to do with them when full grown... I dunno! The Paroon gets anywhere from 5-9' when fully grown. The 9' is more in the wild. 5' is still way to large. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get to it! Anyone want a monster catfish? lol
    you should start thinking about it now. instead of waiting till he is huge and then risking having trouble finding him a home. i personally don't see the point in having a fish you can't properly care for for its whole life.
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