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bought an oscar today about same size as my 4rbs was doin okay while i was their then i went out for an hour leaving a goldfish an some smelt in there when i got back all that was left was a head and a very nervous goldfish hiding behind pump that was an expensive feeeder!!!
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I think the oscar would need to be quite a bit larger if you were to have any success. But it is a long shot and not something I would try.
 

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grosse gurke said:
I think the oscar would need to be quite a bit larger if you were to have any success. But it is a long shot and not something I would try.
agreed, or mix them when they are really small.

or just buy Judazzz's piranhas as they live with most things.
*cough*bastard*cough*
 

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When I decided to get my p's,I took my oscars ( 1 large albino and 1 large tiger to the LFS )I had them for about 3 years,raising them from about quarter size.I want to raise some more from this size as soon as I get another tank.I like oscars almost as much as p's...almost.But,of course P's rule.
 

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sorry to hear that ,but yeah most of the time the oscar will be breakfast,lunch or dinner
 

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As been said Poor Oscar!
 

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Experiments like this are what keep us all informed on what works and what doesnt. Personally I have had much success in raising the P's alongside an oscar from when they were babies. I would recommend getting a much larger oscar to throw in with your p's, but of course, make sure its not too large or your piranha may also become "really expensive feeders".
 

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Innes said:
grosse gurke said:
I think the oscar would need to be quite a bit larger if you were to have any success. But it is a long shot and not something I would try.
agreed, or mix them when they are really small.

or just buy Judazzz's piranhas as they live with most things.
*cough*bastard*cough*
I see jealousy rears its ugly head


I think I was just lucky with my reds, since they swiftly kill the goldfish I drop in, but don't bother other fish (well, every once in a while a fish disappears, but some survive for quite some time now, ie. 11 months).

If you really want to have piranha tank mates, you might start with trying small, cheap fish like neons or other tetra's, or small barbs, and observe how your p's react to them. I they leave them alone, you might try other fish as well (like cories, other catfish, smaller cichlids). Make sure you have plenty of hiding places for the dither fish (just try to decorate your tank as natural as possible), feed your p's very regularly (at least once a day), and be prepared to spend a hefty amount of cash on your experiment, since it will be a long and costly experiment by trial and lots of error.

That's how I did it, but keep in mind that every piranha tank mate is a potential meal, no matter how long it shared its tank with the p's.....

And no, my reds aren't for sale :
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I say keep trying until you find that perfect Oscar to get along with your Ps. jk

Just like most, alot cannot survive with Ps without any casualties or death in the end. One of the best ways to start off would be if they were introduced at an early age, but which will not be a garantee also.
 
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