90 gallon tank stocking

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pelli7358, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. pelli7358New MemberMember

    I have a 90 gallon tank 48 x 18 x 24 arriving on Wednesday. For stock I am planning on ...

    1 x Oscar
    1 x Blue Acara
    5 x Silver Dollars
    1 x Featherfin Squeaker

    Is this too much? I have lots of biological filtration. Any input would be appreciated.
     




  2. mikerox29Well Known MemberMember

    I would probably be worried with the Oscar in the mix as they do not seem to play well with others
     




  3. jay275475Valued MemberMember

    Good luck with that. Your list isn't compatible... The tiger Oscar can only be with fish it's size or bigger because they bully and eat smaller fish. If you like big fish then do an American cichlids tank each of those fish would be around 8"
     




  4. pelli7358New MemberMember

    If I were to drop the oscar and acara could I do a redhead cichlid (Vieja synspila)
     
  5. jay275475Valued MemberMember

    Acara is too small to be with an Oscar. Oscars get 1 ft while Acaras get 5 inches. You'd want to keep near same size and aggression with cichlids.
     
  6. pelli7358New MemberMember

    So instead of acara could I do a JD
     
  7. jay275475Valued MemberMember

    People do put them together but you'd need to have fish around the same age.
     
  8. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    In a 90 gallon, I would suggest only the Oscar, no other fish. IMO it's not enough space for the big guys to get away from each other.
     
  9. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    This isn't true.
    This is not accurate either.


    To the OP, Welcome to the forum :)

    When kept in a big enough tank, Oscars are usually big wimps. They are not aggressive. More territorial than anything. Acara and Oscars have about the same temperament in my experience with them. With that said, it would be hit or miss if they could co-exist in a 90 gallon. If you want to try to keep both of those in a 90, I would not keep anything else with them. The silver dollars and syno would both get into the Oscars territory and it may not like that. Same with the Acara. The ones I have kept can be fine until something comes into it's area of the tank. And to be honest, the Acara could turn on the Oscar just as easy as the Oscar could turn on it.

    If you want to keep more than one fish in your 90, I would pick out one medium size cichlid and work around that since it seems like cichlids are what peaks your interest. The acara would be fine. You could have more than just that cichlid if you go that route. But it would be better if you kept other cichlids around the same size as it if you are keeping them in a 90.
     
  10. jay275475Valued MemberMember

    BDpups, sorry for giving inaccurate information. I was researching for this guy and many of them had oscars killing smaller cichlids so I just said that it wouldn't be compatible because I don't want his oscar end up killing other fish...

    Edit:
    Like Junebug said, that's similar to what I found from researching.
     
  11. pelli7358New MemberMember

    Thank you for all the replies. I have lots of new research to do.
     
  12. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    @pelli7358
    You could go with the acara, a convict, and a firemouth for your cichlids. Tiger or Red ruby barbs for a school of fish. Then an African butterfly for an odd ball for the top. A smaller fancy pleco would work too.

    Or go with a single oscar and a pleco. An L600 would work for your pleco in a 90. Very colorful pleco.

    Or the oscar and a couple of senegal bichirs.

    What's your filtration?
     
  13. pelli7358New MemberMember

    A sunsun404b
     
  14. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    And that is what I said too for the size of tank. But people hear someone wants an Oscar and the first thing people on forums, (especially people on forums who have never actually kept these fish) and the freak out and say the Oscar will eat everything else in the tank. It's just not true. Oscars are honestly not aggressive. They are a medium size cichlid that is all to common and almost always kept in a tank that is way to small to keep it with other fish. They have gotten a bad reputation that they do not deserve. It just kind of gets to me when the misconceptions about them are perpetuated.

    Sorry if I came across as rude, which I did.
     
  15. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    That should work for just about anything you could keep within reason. I would add a HOB to it. But that's just me.
     
  16. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    Oh yeah, a nice big pleco wouldn't be in the Oscar's way :D

    ^ what he said. That's what I'd do. Oscars are awesome. Plecos are awesome. Just overfilter and don't skimp on maintenance.
     
  17. pelli7358New MemberMember

    I agree there are some awsome plecos
    I really like the green phantoms
     
  18. WetpetsNew MemberMember

    Which one specie is the most important on your list?


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