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Discussion regarding only South American Cichlid species. (Oscars, Geophagines, Discus, Apistogramma, Green Terrors, Angels, Severums, Pikes, etc.)
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Oscar personality but doesn't get so big!

Fri May 11, 2018 10:15 am

I have a 45 gallon aquarium and I would love to have an Oscar because I love their personalities. I know my tank is not big enough though. Is there a fish that has a personality similar to the Oscar but doesn't get so large?

Re: Oscar personality but doesn't get so big!

Fri May 11, 2018 11:40 pm

What do people think of the parrot cichlids?

Re: Oscar personality but doesn't get so big!

Tue May 15, 2018 6:26 pm

If you mean blood Parrots, they are a man made hybrid. Some folks like them, not a fan myself. They can get a fair size, 8ins or so. A pair would be tight in 45g. You could look into popular, smaller CA cichlids like Convicts or Firemouths. Easy to keep and good interaction as well. There are many species of dwarf cichlids you could try. Rainbowfish are another option. Google is your friend for this search

Re: Oscar personality but doesn't get so big!

Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:51 pm

get a couple angels, really awesome, or it could be a FH grow out

Re: Oscar personality but doesn't get so big!

Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:26 pm

Grow out tank is out of the question. My husband won't let me get a larger tank.

Re: Oscar personality but doesn't get so big!

Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:54 am

That's a tough one, because Oscars are so ahead of other cichlids on the personality curve.

If you can afford them (and are willing to deal with fussy upkeep), discus are beautiful, and have sort of royal personalities. I do like severums a lot - they're like discus without the difficulty - I've had gold and green/wild ones and loved them both.

I have had very personable green terrors and dempseys, but you might get a shy or aggressive one too. I have a mated Dempsey pair in a 40 now, and I love them, but they hide together a lot.

Lastly, you could try a group of smaller cichlids like rams (which I love to admire in other tanks but know ZERO about) or a group of earth eaters (geophagus - ask around to find out which ones won't get too big).

Good luck :)
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