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Hi, i'm new around here and I have a couple questions. I am getting a 90 gallon tank and most of the LFS around me (four) are all saying that I can have an oscar with 2 other mid size ciclids in my 90 gallon. On the other hand, people on this website are saying that a 90 gallon is on suitable for one oscar. Feedback would be appreciated.
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OFL replied the topic: Number of Tank Mates

With good filtration you could have one adult Oscar and one slightly smaller tank mate. You don't want to be choosing any fish that like to live in groups so silver dollars should be overlooked. Even though the Jade Eyed cichlid is from Central America, I had one once and it was a fantastic little tank mate for my Oscars. It didn't get any bigger than 6 inches and really loved living amongst a piece of bog would that I had. There are various other small cichlids that you could research, but that's just one example of a fish that would be perfect in my opinion

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gorilla204 replied the topic: Number of Tank Mates

Thank you, would a firemouth work?
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gorilla204 replied the topic: Number of Tank Mates

another question I have is will a blood parrot work?
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Vinny replied the topic: Re:Number of Tank Mates

Firemouth are too aggressive from what I was told when I was searching for tank mates and red parrots get big so I'm assuming with your tank size that idea will get squashed as well

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gorilla204 replied the topic: Re:Number of Tank Mates

I heard the exact opposite about firemouths and your advice on the parrot seems pretty good. Anyways, what would be a good tank mate(s)?
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Rocksor replied the topic: Number of Tank Mates

You need an Freshwater API master test kit if you are going to put 3 other fish in there that do not get bigger than 6 inch.

If you really want to add more fish, I would try the following

Blue acara (not the electric blue)
Gold acara
Port acara
Keyhole cichlid

I would buy the other cichlids first before the oscar, since the oscar grows so much faster and will try to eat anything that fits its mouth. After 6 months, you should then purchase the oscar.
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gorilla204 replied the topic: Number of Tank Mates

What if I bought the fish when they were bigger then my oscar? When I get the oscar, it will be about 1 1/2 inches
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Rocksor replied the topic: Number of Tank Mates

Get fish at least 3" in total length if your oscar is only 1 1/2 inches in total length
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Number of Tank Mates

Hey Nate.. already gave you my input, but just wanted to add, howdy neighbor! I'm up in North Bay, take a long drive, come and see some BIG Oscars!


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