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starting a new freshwater tank
Old 12-03-2011, 08:45 PM   #1
 
starting a new freshwater tank

Hi, I'm going to be starting a tropical freshwater tank I would like to have some cool plants and I think i'm going to use some river rock with some sand or gravel and I would like to have 4 cichilds, a fantail guppy, a oscar, a jack dempsy, a plecostoms, a rainbow fish, a corydoras catfish, a tiger barb, a clown loach, and a redtail black shark I was wondering if all of these things would work in the same tank
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:30 PM   #2
 
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Oscars get pretty big. It would probably eat your smaller fish? And I've read many places that Corydoras catfish need to live in groups of 6 or more.
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:55 PM   #3
 
Welcome to the forum!

What do you have against guppies...cause that fantail would be a mere snack for some of the fish you mentioned! Oscars, Jack Demseys and Pleco's get HUGE. Were you planning a 220g or larger tank?
Tiger Barbs and Loaches are semi-aggressive and not the best community fish unless they're with similar fish that can hold their own.

You should have a good look through the fish profile information (link at the top left of the forum pages) to get an idea on the requirements of the fish you're interested in.
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:24 AM   #4
 
Good thing I haven't purchased an Oscar yet. What can go along with it?
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:45 AM   #5
 
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You need at least a 75g tank for one Oscar, not much can go with them, maybe some catfish or a pleco. As they reach adulthood they will be aggressive and eat pretty much anything smaller than them. How big is your tank?
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:21 PM   #6
 
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Hi, I'm going to be starting a tropical freshwater tank I would like to have some cool plants and I think i'm going to use some river rock with some sand or gravel and I would like to have 4 cichilds, a fantail guppy, a oscar, a jack dempsy, a plecostoms, a rainbow fish, a corydoras catfish, a tiger barb, a clown loach, and a redtail black shark I was wondering if all of these things would work in the same tank
The short answer to your question is "no."

Other members have commented on the oscar, enough said there. Rainbow fish, tiger barb, corydoras, clown loach are all shoaling fish which means they must be in a group. The number in the group depends upon which fish. And some of these are far too large (potentially) for anything but a very large tank. And many will not co-exist with others. You might want to research the fish; we have profiles under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top, and all of the identified fish are in our profiles. If the name shades in the post, you can click on it for that profile.

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