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This is a discussion on Info on Oscars within the Cichlids forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> Originally Posted by Philnominal If the oscar doesnt bully the firemouth and the firemouth doesnt intimidate the oscar they probably would work. The firemouth ...

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Old 01-06-2012, 07:53 PM   #11
 
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If the oscar doesnt bully the firemouth and the firemouth doesnt intimidate the oscar they probably would work. The firemouth while having a bit worse of a temper then the oscar is a bluffing kind of fish and doesnt really do damage to those it doesnt like, just scares them. Honestly with cichlids it all depends on the fish, you can't pick their tanks mates, they pick them. You just do the preliminary interviews. Silvers would work fine, though you also want to be careful about the size of the tank and the amount of fish you put in with the oscar. You have a fish that could potentially reach 14 inches and is a eating machine (meaning a lot of waste). Something to clean up after his left overs would probably be good, something like a bristlenose pleco. Others would probably be better at suggestions as i have very limited experience with oscars.

I looked at firemouths and dont like them, to me i think they just look blan, and same goes with silvers, just to plain

wouldnt a bristle make a lot of waste too?
Im just wanting one other type of tank mate to go with him, just so its not just 1 fish ya know?

i just figured i'd be doing alot of water changes lol
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:04 PM   #12
 
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I looked at firemouths and dont like them, to me i think they just look blan, and same goes with silvers, just to plain

wouldnt a bristle make a lot of waste too?
Im just wanting one other type of tank mate to go with him, just so its not just 1 fish ya know?

i just figured i'd be doing alot of water changes lol
Depends on what you consider bland, I actually find my firemouth to have very beautiful coloration. Also there different species of silver dollar then the ones who are just plain silver.

You could do a breeding pair of Oscars if you wanted, It would take getting a large number of them (most people use 6) and waiting for 2 to pair off then finding a new home for the other 4.

Id guess any semi-aggressive cichlid that grows to at least 4-5 inches would be a fine tank mate, once again it comes down to the individual fish. One you might wanna try is Blue Acara. I'm planning on one in with my sev and to my understanding the different species traded uner that name tend to be more peaceful.

And while i said many people advise against convicts there are those who say they work fine, like i said depends on the fish.

Also as i said earlier, my understanding of oscars is only from limited experience when i was young and reading up on them.

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Old 01-06-2012, 08:24 PM   #13
 
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Depends on what you consider bland, I actually find my firemouth to have very beautiful coloration. Also there different species of silver dollar then the ones who are just plain silver.

You could do a breeding pair of Oscars if you wanted, It would take getting a large number of them (most people use 6) and waiting for 2 to pair off then finding a new home for the other 4.

Id guess any semi-aggressive cichlid that grows to at least 4-5 inches would be a fine tank mate, once again it comes down to the individual fish. One you might wanna try is Blue Acara. I'm planning on one in with my sev and to my understanding the different species traded uner that name tend to be more peaceful.

And while i said many people advise against convicts there are those who say they work fine, like i said depends on the fish.

Also as i said earlier, my understanding of oscars is only from limited experience when i was young and reading up on them.


Hmm maybe i'll see what my LFS has for firemouths

How long would it take for Oscars to pair off? being young ones?

Cause i would consider doing that, as i love how each one looks different
But i wouldnt have to worry about them actually having and raising babies would i?
If so, would there be some other fish that could go in that would eat the eggs? (they are egg layers right? lol)
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:45 PM   #14
 
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Hmm maybe i'll see what my LFS has for firemouths

How long would it take for Oscars to pair off? being young ones?

Cause i would consider doing that, as i love how each one looks different
But i wouldnt have to worry about them actually having and raising babies would i?
If so, would there be some other fish that could go in that would eat the eggs? (they are egg layers right? lol)
Im afraid i can't really help you there with the exception of I'm pretty sure any catfish that can get at the eggs would probably eat them, assuming the oscars don't KOS them.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:51 PM   #15
 
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Im afraid i can't really help you there with the exception of I'm pretty sure any catfish that can get at the eggs would probably eat them, assuming the oscars don't KOS them.

Ah lol okay
Yeah oscars are a little over $10 each here, and im lucky my LFS likes me and i buy from there all the time, so i got him for a bit cheaper

But to buy or so more at $10 each, then to have to find homes for the remainding 4 would be kinda difficult, i would love to have 2 of those gaints though they are something else

He was pretty goofy this morning, darting around at the other fish

colors were much bolder this morning, hopefully with me not being home till sunday night, he'll lighten up and will be more at home so i can actually watch him instead of waiting for him to come out of hiding
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