Tank mates for Oscar

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by John14, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. John14Valued MemberMember

    Just got a 75 gallon, upgraded from my 25 i've had for about a year, I would love to have an Oscar but I don't want it to be my only fish, I will run two Emperor 400 HOB filters giving me a turnover rate of 800 GPH which should be plenty of filtration. What other tank mates can i have with this Oscar and that amount of filtration? No fish have been added to the tank, its still cycling.

  2. soltarianknightFishlore VIPMember

    I personally wouldn't add anything. Let the Oscar rule his space, anything kept with him risks injury.

  3. John14Valued MemberMember

    How would a tankmate risk injury? If you had to pick a fish would to keep with an Oscar what would you suggest?

  4. ZiggiWell Known MemberMember

    hmmm. if I had a 75 hanging out I'd do a moderately planted South/Central american tank with ton of smaller fish (a few breeding pairs of rams or corydoras with maybe 2-3 schools of tetra or barb or something) or an asian biotope or an african cichlid tank. BUT ... I'm used to the smaller tanks. My largest is a 40 breeder :) You've got alot more options available. I'm sure someone would recommend discus or angels, but I cant help there.

    What would you like? color or character? a few big or lots of small? community or species showcase? :)
  5. John14Valued MemberMember

    I have a 75 gallon tank and im curious if i put one Tiger Oscar what other tankmates if any I'd be able to keep with him. People seem to have differing opinions on this subject.

    Im leaning towards and Oscar and some ____ ? Curious about tank mates. But if no tank mates can be kept with an Oscar I do like Rams and Corys a lot. Not an Angel guy and Discus aren't my thing either. With barbs i've been there done that. I'm considering a Lake Malawi Cichlid tank as well. Can other types of Cichlids be kept with Oscars?

    Really no preference about temperament but I don't want to do Neons, Guppies, Mollys, or other tiny community fish. Perhaps that helps?
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  6. beginnerValued MemberMember

    maybe a pleco
  7. John14Valued MemberMember

    Do you think a full grown Oscar and a full grown Pleco would be too big for a 75 gallon? I don't plan on upgrading my tank anytime soon or rehoming any of my fish.
  8. Tigress HillWell Known MemberMember

    You could get a pleco (not a common), and perhaps a school of giant danios. I really wouldn't recommend more cichlids; the aggression may become too harsh. Larger tetras might work. African and South American cichlids should not be kept together.

    Add the oscar last to ensure the greatest chance of success.
  9. John14Valued MemberMember

    Thank you, thats a lot of help but can you list a few "large tetras".
  10. Tigress HillWell Known MemberMember

    Depends on what type of pleco. A common can get to over 2 feet; while BN (Bristle Nose) get 4-6 inches. There are MANY types to choose from, some fairly expensive such as the Zebra.
  11. John14Valued MemberMember

    Not really a huge fan of Plecos, maybe I would like the more exotic species? I'll look into that. Tigress is there another species of cichlid or catfish which is compatible with an oscar?
  12. Tigress HillWell Known MemberMember

    Hmm... let's see:

    I've never kept them, but rainbow, bleeding heart, diamond, and emperors grow to 2.5+ inches. Buenos aires get to 3 1/2-4 inches.

    See if you like the any of the above, hopefully someone else can offer more insight.
  13. John14Valued MemberMember

    Thanks, I'll research these but isn't there a chance an Oscar will view these as food?
  14. ZiggiWell Known MemberMember

    congo tetra can get to 2 3/4 - 3 in.

    I would think so :;dk
  15. John14Valued MemberMember

    Okay well I'm not loving the Tetras but I appreciate the input guys, any other possible ideas, they don't have to be guarantee, just what "may work with an Oscar". Thanks so much. There's a good chance I wont do an Oscar.
  16. Tigress HillWell Known MemberMember

    If you grow them out in the tank first, and introduce the oscar as young as possible, you have a fair chance of him letting them be.
  17. John14Valued MemberMember

    Any other fish I can take a similar approach with?
  18. ZiggiWell Known MemberMember

    I've only ever seen oscars specie only, maybe with a Pleco that wont become lunch. :;dk

    Have you considered a Jack Dempsey pair? or blood parrots?
  19. beginnerValued MemberMember

    the ocsar will eat anything it can fit in its mouth. keeping tetras with him would be like keeping worms in a tank with a large mouth bass

    I have an idea research clown loaches and see if you can keep them in a 75. they get big and you keep them in groups of 5 or more

    try clown loaches. not as tankmates for the Oscar but, instead of the Oscar. I have a 90gal i'm moving in, i'm thinking of trying them. they get big too
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  20. GordinianWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to fishlore!

    You might be able to get away with convicts, or a featherfin cat, or silver dollars :)

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