Choosing Compatible Tankmates For Your Oscar Aquarium

Oscar fish can be a lot of fun to watch. They are a unique and beautiful fish. The three popular color variations are the Tiger Oscar which is black with red stripes, the Red Oscar which is black with orange or red areas and the Albino Oscar which is white with orange or red spots or stripes. They are relatively large fish, often growing to be 12 to 16 inches long. Because they can also be somewhat aggressive, it can be difficult to set up an aquarium with other fish.

Oscar fish can be a lot of fun to watch. They are a unique and beautiful fish. The three popular color variations are the Tiger Oscar which is black with red stripes, the Red Oscar which is black with orange or red areas and the Albino Oscar which is white with orange or red spots or stripes. They are relatively large fish, often growing to be 12 to 16 inches long. Because they can also be somewhat aggressive, it can be difficult to set up an aquarium with other fish.

Keep in mind that you need to have at least a 40 gallon tank for just one Oscar fish. Once you add another fish, you will need a much larger tank, perhaps holding 75 to 100 gallons.

Features to Look for in Companion Fish

  • Tank mates should be large enough that the Oscar will not consider them food, which means at a minimum 6 inches but preferably 8 or 12 inches long.
  • Tank mates should be aggressive fish that are able to get away from an Oscar or hold their own against the Oscar's aggression.
  • Tank mates should not have spikes on their fins, since if the Oscar tries to eat them it could get injured.
  • Tank mates should be able to compete for food with Oscars, or should eat a different type of food so that all fish can get enough food for good health.
  • Tank mates should not be extremely aggressive to minimize the risk of fighting.
  • Tank mates should thrive under similar living conditions, including water temperature, pH, low levels of light and lots of plants in the aquarium.

Common Companion Fish

Pairing Oscar fish with each other may be one of the best ideas, as long as both fish have temperaments that are similar so they don't bully each other.

You can pair different types of Oscar fish together, which can give you more variety. However, you may not want to put more than two of these fish in the same aquarium. Other fish that often do well with Oscars include:

  • Blue Acara
  • Chocolate Cichlid
  • Firemouth
  • Jack Dempsey
  • Jade Eyed Cichlid

Finding suitable tankmates for Oscars can be challenging because of their size and aggressive nature. These guidlines should help make the task a little easier.


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