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Old 04-01-2006, 06:26 PM   #1
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Blood Parrot fish + oscar + african cichlids, will it work?

Im thinking of combining a small blood parrot fish with a small-medium oscar(about the same size as parrot fish) and several smaller african cichlids(would cost about $18cnd at lfs)

can it work?
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It "could" work, but they would not thrive. Africans thrive in hard water with a higher pH than South Americans. Dietary requirements are also of a concern. I have personally kept blood parrots and Africans together, but it did not last. The Africans were far too aggressive over the parrots. Eventually the parrots acquired "stress spots". For long term health, do not mix.
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Re: Blood Parrot fish + oscar + african cichlids, will it wo

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Im thinking of combining a small blood parrot fish with a small-medium oscar(about the same size as parrot fish) and several smaller african cichlids(would cost about $18cnd at lfs)

can it work?
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Re: Blood Parrot fish + oscar + african cichlids, will it wo

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no i already have cichlids, im thinking of adding the parrot fish and oscar, im just checking to see if they are compattible with each other
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I dont think it would be a good mix. Different water types and different personalities.
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what about african cichlid and the oscar?
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I might be off on this, but i'd worry about smallers africans becoming oscar food & I think the oscar still has different requirements then the africans.

Now I have heard of several cases of parrots & oscars living together.

My own parrot lived with 2 SA cichlids, a keyhole cichlid & an angelfish.
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of course im gunna take size into consideration.

the oscar and parrot wont be anymore than double the size of the cichlids
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No, do not mix the Oscar and African Cichlids. The Oscar is a South American and requires different dietary and water requirements. When working with Africans it is best to stick with an African-only tank. There are some exceptions, but Oscars are not one of them.
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