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I am new to ur site but this site is what made me want an oscar i have a 3 1/2 in tiger oscar he is the best fish ever but a little messy but thats why i have white gravel also i have one of those blacklight fish light so it looks nice. Its a 55gal tank water is fine just finished cycling they have been in the 55 gallon about a week i had them a week before in a 30 gal tank. Them meaning his tank mate a blood parrot Cichlid my girl picked this i have had cichlid in the past but most are defrom and missing fins we found a good one and now i am planning on adding one last smaller fish i was woinder if i can have an algae eater (sucker fish) with the two or a catfish or something any ideas in about 1 year when i graduate i will be getting my dad 210gal tank i cant wait
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OFL replied the topic: Re:New to Oscars

Welcome to the site. For the time being, I wouldn't try and add anymore fish to your 55 gallon. It really is only big enough for one Oscar. When you do choose your algae eater/sucker fish as you call it, most people call them plecos, be very careful what you choose. These fish can grow huge, they are incredibly messy, probably more messy than Oscars. You don't want to choose one that is going to grow to gargantuan size, sometimes over 2 feet. There are literally hundreds of species. If you do want one of these fish, I would advise you to go for one that doesn't get much bigger than 12 inches. You may well end up paying a little bit more but it's worth it in the long run. Unfortunately, most of the cheap ones you find in the fish stores are the ones that grow very big. The smaller more colourful ones tend to be more expensive.

I would advise you to visit this website (see link below) they are probably the best people to talk to about what would be suitable and what would be just plain ridiculous.

http://www.plecofanatics.com/

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RDuB replied the topic: Re:New to Oscars

then whats a clean fish that can live with an oscar, a blood parrot, and that only gets 4- 6 in? I beleive my tank is almost done cycling i got my water tested still a lil ammonia and can anyone recommend a good complete test kit (ph,nitrate,nitrate,ammonia) for a good price and i will be posting some pictures of my beautiful oscar. is it normal for them to get attached to there owner? cuz when i clean the tanks its fine but when my girlfreind put her hand in the tank my oscar does not like her ....also will my oscar same the beautiful colors he is or will he fade with age?
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Verse34K replied the topic: Re:New to Oscars

Bristlenose plecos are often attainable at pet shops. They stay under six inches and get rid of the algae of the glass, and clean up the scraps the oscar leaves behind.

Get a Tetra test for ph, ammonia, nitrate and nitrite too.

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spimoles replied the topic: Re:New to Oscars

I agree with going with a bristlenose pleco if anything. Maybe some of the smaller cory catfish. There are tons of plecos in different sizes, colors and, of course, price ranges.

Keep in mind that plecs are MESSY! They seriously poop everywhere. And not just cute little ones either. Its more like decorating your tank with these ridiculously long streamers all over the place. This can mean having to do some cleanup every morning in some cases.

If you can handle that (and get a bigger tank) then by all means go for a plec and you wont regret it.

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OFL replied the topic: Re:New to Oscars

To be perfectly honest, I think you would be at the absolute minimum with a Bristlenose catfish. I think the maximum they reach is around 5 inches (big enough for a large Oscar to eat if he so wished) the other problem you've got is you can't buy one as a youngster and put in with an adult Oscar, it would surely get scoffed, you would have to find one that is fully grown. Most shops only stock small ones.

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To be perfectly honest, I think you would be at the absolute minimum with a Bristlenose catfish. I think the maximum they reach is around 5 inches (big enough for a large Oscar to eat if he so wished) the other problem you've got is you can't buy one as a youngster and put in with an adult Oscar, it would surely get scoffed, you would have to find one that is fully grown. Most shops only stock small ones.


Very true. I had not thought of that. On second thought, I do not think any kind of extra fish is advisable in your case. Sorry.

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Verse34K replied the topic: Re:New to Oscars

Actually, if an oscar tried to eat one, he may very well regreat it. Male BN plecos are armed with an array of spines tucked inside their neck area that 'burst' out when attacked. I've seen them be kept with stuff like Africans, CA/SA, even arows, of course in huge tanks.

My BN pleco was 6 1/2 inches long when he died.
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spimoles replied the topic: Re:New to Oscars

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Actually, if an oscar tried to eat one, he may very well regreat it. Male BN plecos are armed with an array of spines tucked inside their neck area that 'burst' out when attacked. I've seen them be kept with stuff like Africans, CA/SA, even arows, of course in huge tanks.

My BN pleco was 6 1/2 inches long when he died.


But this would only lead to the oscar's misery. There have been many cases of an oscar trying to eat a plec and getting injured. This usually lead to either fish's death weather it was the oscar's wounds or having to remove the plecs spines.

It's just one of those things that you won't actually know until you try. Some oscars will attack plecs and others won't.

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Verse34K replied the topic: Re:New to Oscars

Indeed. I don't think this would actually hurt the oscar unless he really went after it, i.e. started biting, grabbing, tearing, stalking etc. I think an oscar would learn not confront the fish after one revealation of his spines.
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