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Old 03-30-2014, 04:57 PM   #1
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Flowerhorn tank mate question.

I have adopted a flowerhorn as the person who bought him didn't realize he had a mean streak. I have him in his own tank and was wondering if I could put a cobalt crayfish or something similar in with him. He's in a 55 gallon tank that's all rock scaped currently. I am planning on adding a star moss wall and some driftwood.

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The pic of him was him in my large aggressive tank until his new one was set up.

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Old 03-30-2014, 07:53 PM   #3
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More than likely, your FH will kill a crayfish after a molt. Finding a tankmate for a FH is going to be tough, lol. It's probably best to just keep him as a single specimen.
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That's what I was afraid of...i didn't know if there was something similar that might be better. If not he will get his own tank. : ) Thanks!

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Old 03-30-2014, 08:18 PM   #5
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If u want a bottom dweller I would
Look Into syno catfish!! They've been known to handle oscars and are actually quite beautiful catfish to be honest
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:30 PM   #6
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If u want a bottom dweller I would
Look Into syno catfish!! They've been known to handle oscars and are actually quite beautiful catfish to be honest
I didn't think a catfish would be able to handle the FH...i guess with good hiding spots it would. I just looked at some pictures they really are good looking fish. Thanks!

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Old 03-30-2014, 08:33 PM   #7
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I didn't think a catfish would be able to handle the FH...i guess with good hiding spots it would. I just looked at some pictures they really are good looking fish. Thanks!

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Yes in my opinion there the best looking catfish and some of them get pretty big though so be careful which one u choose!!! And they can fight off tough fish so as long as u have a big enough tank I think it would be great
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I really don't think that's a good idea. FHs are supposedly quite intolerant of tankmates. They are a lot more aggressive than oscars from what I understand.

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I really don't think that's a good idea. FHs are supposedly quite intolerant of tankmates. They are a lot more aggressive than oscars from what I understand.

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Well it does all depend on the fish!!!! I think I had the most aggressive oscar ever!!! Eat my pleco eat my other oscar so I tried a 4 inch syno knowing him it went for him right away an it have it a taste of it's own medicine and he never attacked it again!! So it kinda is the fish but FH's are known to be aggressive.
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A large pleco would probably work with him. Syno cats im afraid would be lunch.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:12 AM   #11
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No syno cats are super tough! Go look them up on YouTube or google you will be shocked. I had a Pleco with my oscar and became lunch in a week
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I have a 6" synodontis with a 10" jag and trust me the jag will think twice before bugging him...he is super aggressive, perfect to keep with ill tempered cichlids....


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And yes, I had a 10" pleco with my flower horn (7") before I sold the later. They were doing fine together. Right now the pleco is with a 12" tiger oscar again doing fine. He mostly gets active after dark so doesn't bother the oscar much...so I guess both syno n pleco r worth a shot...


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A 55 is on the small side for a flowerhorn to begin with...
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A 55 is on the small side for a flowerhorn to begin with...
He will get bumped up into a larger 75 later but he's still pretty small.

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I have a 6" synodontis with a 10" jag and trust me the jag will think twice before bugging him...he is super aggressive, perfect to keep with ill tempered cichlids....


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This sounds great I'll keep looking into it.

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Put in the syno first, let him settle in and then introduce the Fh....this might help😊


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Put in the syno first, let him settle in and then introduce the Fh....this might help😊


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Ok maybe I'll just go out and buy the bigger tank now and run it for a while with just the cat.

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Cool...but this is just an idea which may work....and provided the experience we have in this forum, I would really like some experts to provide their point of view.


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Cool...but this is just an idea which may work....and provided the experience we have in this forum, I would really like some experts to provide their point of view.


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I totally understand but the synos look awesome. So even if it's not going to work he can go into my other tank.

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