South American Cichlids • Oscar Tankmates: Trial and Error

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Postby sprezzatura » Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:17 pm

I second the advice on making sure its a lone convict with your oscar. My brother had two convicts in a 75(although not a pair, both females) and made the mistake of introducing an oscar. The two cons teamed up on the oscar and blinded him, eventually causing his death. Hopefully they will work, but just keep and eye out on the oscars eyes.
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Postby DempseyDude » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:27 pm

in my case i would never mix Central American Cichlids, with South American Cichlids, is just a fun mix... anyways as long as they are fine together go on! ;) Have fun!
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Postby Mbunaaddict » Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:51 pm

Update:

It lasted less than a month folks. It started out real well but slowly as the Oscar began to get bigger than the convict, the Convict turned nasty and really started to bully the oscar. It got to the point where i had my tank divider in more than not. This made watching the aquarium very boring. So i made the decision to donate the Convict to a LFS. They had a 30 gallon that was vacant and agreed to hold the convict in that tank until they could find a good home for it.

My oscar is much happier now. I did fill the void of the Convict with a school of Giant Danios. I have about 9 of them and its very funny to watch the Oscar chase them. I know they might slowly start to disappear but it has really added alot of excitment to the tank.

I really appreciate all the feedback on my earlier posts. I have really come to realize it is very much trial and error until you find the right combination of fish that can coexist in a tank.

I didn't give up on Convicts completely. The LFS had a pair for sale $10. I picked up a 30 gallon off craigslist for $35. It came with tank, stand, and heater. I thought it was a good deal. I plan to breed them and use the fry as feeders for the Oscar. Bad idea, good idea? And another idea on that note, and i know it sounds inhumane but, could i freeze fry to use as food? If this is completely unheard of just let me know, it was just an idea.
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Postby Dj823cichild » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:34 pm

updated pics?
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Postby Mbunaaddict » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:42 pm

I am still on the hunt for compatible tank mates. I have a LFS who will take any rejects. So I've given another convict a try. This time its a female. I have also purchased a Firemouth. my hopes are that the convict and the firemouth will keep eachother occupied and not pay much attention to the larger Oscar.

In addition i purchased 2 NEW FILTERS!!!! i got 2 eheim classic canister the 2213 and 2217. Any suggestions on what i should use these on. Currently i have my 75 with an AC110 HOB and 2 AC 70 HOB. and i have a 30 gal with a AC70. Im going to have to move filters around but what do you all suggest would be be best combo on the 75 with the current stock list:

7" oscar
3" Convict
4" FM
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Postby Mbunaaddict » Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:52 pm

Thought id upload some pics. Also Convict Female is no longer in this tank, there was no real aggression issue im just tryin to keep my bioload to a minimum. So current tankmates are the oscar who i have named Goggles, the Firemouth who hasn't earned a name yet, and my catfish. FTS will be coming as i just finished a driftwood project but need to let it air dry to remove and bleach that might be lingering. Theres a pic of the project last. Id love to hear some feedback. ALSO IS THERE ANYWAY TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THIS TREAD?

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Postby DempseyDude » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:05 am

3 fish for a 75 specially those you have there are enough, your fish will have a better life quality! Amazing shots!
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Postby Mbunaaddict » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:04 pm

As Promised

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Postby Chubbs the Jellybean » Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:09 am

Mbunaaddict wrote:As Promised

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Looks awesome!
55g (soon 75) - 1 Oscar (5"), 1 spotted raphael, 10 Tiger barbs, 1 Orange Seam Pleco (L106)
20L Planted - 1 HRP "Rio Danli", 8 pristella tetras, 2 unsexed HRP
15g - 5 unsexed Cutteri "Rio Jutiapa"
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Postby bzartler86 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:07 pm

MY REDTAIL CATFISH DECIDED TO EAT MY CONVICT ONE NIGHT. THEY ARE TOUGH LITTLE GUYS THOUGH LIVED WITH MY OSCAR AND JAGUAR SINCE THEY WHERE BABIES UNTIL HE COULDN'T OUT RUN MY CATFISH.
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Postby tim_s » Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:31 pm

IF! I would of kept Convicts with an Oscar I would of let the Oscar grown out a little more.
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Postby bzartler86 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:25 pm

I've seen oscars with red devils. It all really depends on the aggression of any fish you put with an oscar and the aggression the oscar shows towards his tank mates.
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Postby YELLOWRAVEN » Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:27 am

I keep convicts with my oscars, the oscars are larger but the convicts are swimm proud with colors and fin poped up and they are strong and are not intimedated by the larger oscars at all
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