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Suprd71 replied the topic: Some questions

With you being new to Oscar ownership, I would suggest you keep you new fella alone. While your tank has a good volume, I think the 4 ft footprint is not very suitable to house another fish that will have to compete for space with a fish that, with proper diet and care can exceed 16ins. He may look tiny in there now, but in only a few short months you will notice that he indeed fills the tank just fine. I have a few of tanks bigger than yours that I keep single fish in. I have a 6ft 125g that I have a 12in Jaguar cichlid in. He too may exceed 16ins, and even currently uses every inch of that tank.


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Rocksor replied the topic: Some questions

Large schooling fish like adult male bosemani rainbows.
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Swancicii replied the topic: Some questions

Thank:). I may do a school of silver dollars or maybe the rainbows not sure. Could a pleco be a good tank mate?

Do oscars need caves or anything? Any tips?
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Some questions

Plecos are really messy and have a huge bio load so while you could have a pleco ( I wouldn't suggest getting a common they get huge) you would maybe be better off with 6 or so silver dollars or something else. If you really like plecos then that's a different story. Myself I like plecos and it's hard to not get another one but I went with 10 silver dollars and my oscar in my 125. As for caves, the oscar won't use it much if ever and at the rate they grow they would need a HUGE cave in a few months. What most people do is create an area with driftwood, deco or rocks that allow the oscar to get behind if it feels it needs some cover. Doesn't have to be enough that the oscar can get right out of sight but enough that it can get behind and feel there is at least something in front of it. Adult oscars don't hide. Sometimes they will shy away from people they don't know and go to the opposite end of the tank but they don't hide. They usually shy away from strangers when someone is admiring them in your tank and you try to feed them to show you guest their voracious appetite and they act like they are sick and don't want to eat. People look at you funny when you say "he's being shy around you because your a stranger" but oscars are that smart.

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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:Some questions

Dithering fish are a good way to make an oscar feel safer. Having a pleco because you like the looks, is better than being alone; as long as you have a big enough tank. Fish become smarter the more complex your aquarium environment is, such as having some decor, and other fish. It also helps to lessen aggression for some with the right mix of tank size, inhabitants, and decor.

www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112387186/fish-become-more-aggressive-in-reduced-environments/

www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10888705.2011.600664
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Some questions

Also this one about fish raised in bare tanks being less smart
www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/mobile/content.php?sid=5860

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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:Some questions

try rearranging a tank with an aggressive cichlid. It takes so long! Half the time is spent removing your hand from the water as they attack :lol:
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Swancicii replied the topic: Re:Some questions

Lol. I have danios and some sort of tetra in there tried to remove them but so far there alot faster then the oscar.
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