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Old 02-18-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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I am planning on putting an Oscar in my 180 liter tank and was wondering if

A. I could add a firemouth cichlid with him? Do they get on together etc

B. Would it be fine to add the Oscar and firemouth in this sized tank?

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Old 02-18-2011, 08:46 PM   #2
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No your Oscar might meet his end because the fire mouth has teeth and both of them are mean fish
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Your tank is too small for an oscar. they need at least a 4' tank, 55g minimum, but 55g is pushing it. Really, a 75g or larger tank is needed.
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Moving to the Cichlid forum, you'll get more responses there.
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Your tank is too small for an oscar. they need at least a 4' tank, 55g minimum, but 55g is pushing it. Really, a 75g or larger tank is needed.
Agreed, this fish will grow a inch per month till they hit around 9".
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Ditto, I consider a 75 minimal for oscars, in which you can have two if you raise them together and do enough water changes.

There are many cichlids in many sizes, there is bound to be something else that will work for you.
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Thanks for answers. I have a Malawi set up at the moment on a different tank, and already have the firemouth in the 180 tank. I wanted an Oscar and wad told by LFS that 180 is fine for an Oscar but didn't recommend the two together?

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180 liters is not enough for an oscar, they get big, much bigger when properly cared for (12-15" or more). This is simply too large for that volume of water, regardless of shape.
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Have you ever been to a fish store and seen those oscars in the back of the store with deformations like no mouth of other problems like that it's because people think fish will stay the size of the tank wrong because instead of the fish growing outward they grow upward
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That's usually caused by inbreeding or just natural defects... when a fish is in a tank that's too small, it will eventually just die.
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