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Virus 03-31-2009 05:44 PM

Tiger Oscar being moved to a new, larger home soon! Looking for tank mates! Help?
What are some fish that I could put in with an oscar? He'll be moving into a 50-75 gal soon and I don't want him to be lonely, but I also don't want him eating his tank mates. Would convicts be okay until he decides he's big enough to eat them and I remove them? After that what should I get him?
A nice list of comatable fish, please.
Thank you!
p.s. Would my African Clawed Frog be a good tank mate once he/she's large enough?

1077 04-01-2009 06:21 AM

Convicts would work ,as well as a smaller member of synodontis catfish family. I would not try the african clawed frog. Too many appendages that would arouse the curiosity of both the oscar and the convicts in my view. Also in my view,, Oscar could care less whether he is only fish in the tank.

Virus 04-01-2009 09:47 AM

Poe is just so playful and so interactive I feel bad that he's in there by himself.. He started playing with his reflection and trying to bite it last night. It was rather fun to watch. He also jumps out of the water to get the freezedried bloodworms he has as a small treat thruout the week. He also, of couse gets his half a cube of frozen bloodworms once a week. (every Sunday). The freezedried bloodworms are for my Betta, but he has a couple here and there. Mostly the larger ones my Betta couldn't eat. I'd also like to know when I can start him on small feeder fish, or should start purchasing smaller fish such as young mollies or older guppies and such to feed him. I don't want him completely oblivious to the fact he can eat other live fish. How should I introduce it? Or should I feed him a small one his favorite way -- hold it above the water for him to jump for? He's my pride and joy. Also, I know there are not really any external ways to tell if my Poe is male or Female. Does color play a part in this? He has very bright orange stripes. Does this mean he is in fact male or do both genders have brighter coloring? Just curious. Thank you! :)

1077 04-01-2009 10:23 AM

I know of no way to accurately sex oscars especially young ones. Feeder fish that are purchased are a very good way(perhaps the best way) to introduce parasites or disease to your tanks. Better to raise your own feeder fish to ensure their health. I too had an oscar that would leap from the water and take pellets from my hand though it was some years ago. I would stick with frozen or freeze dried foods and especially foods containing Vitamin C which many who keep these fish,swear by to help prevent hole in head disease. It is also very important to provide plenty of filtration and water changes weekly without fail to also help with preventing the afore mentioned. Ocean nutrition in my view,, is the best brand of food you could offer your pet along with that which you already provide. Were it me,,(and it ain't) I would steer clear of feeder fish and perhaps offer frozen krill instead once or twice a week.:-)

Virus 04-01-2009 10:30 AM

What feeder types do you suggest raising? I've bred Mollies before but they take a long time to have fry. I'm actually highly considering a male and female convict and breeding them so would baby convicts be a good choice? Also, I'm a bit interested in Gobys and such. Would my Poe leave one of those alone?

1077 04-01-2009 10:38 AM

I cannot advise on feeder fish for I would not offer them. Poe as he or she grows,(quickly) will eat whatever will fit in its mouth. Please do google info on Ocean nutritions cichlid formula.:-)

Virus 04-01-2009 10:40 AM

Okay. If I got a Dragon Goby, would Poe try to eat it? I don't want to injure or kill a fish unessisarily.

Virus 04-01-2009 10:48 AM

I'd have a place for it to go if things between them didn't work out, but I'm just curious.

1077 04-01-2009 10:50 AM

I fear he or she would eat it ,or kill it as soon as it were able. Synodontis have prickly fins and would discourage this.;-)

Virus 04-01-2009 10:53 AM

Alright. I'll just have to get another tank and some compatable fish for a Dragon Goby.
Mum will have to deal. :twisted:

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