Largemouth Bass as tankmate

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Largemouth Bass as tankmate

Postby khopeless » Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:32 pm

Ok, I know there is a lot of controversy over keeping Bass with Oscars due to water temps, but I have seen and heard of people keeping Oscars and Bass together without any problems. My question is, can I put a Bass in with my small group of Oscars without them killing it? I have a 200 gal tank with one 5" Albino Oscar, two 4" Tiger Oscars, a 5" Channel Cat, a 3 1/2" Pictus Cat, and two 3 1/2-4" Plecos. We are building a pond in our backyard this summer and plan on putting the ChanneI Cat in there, and possibly the Pictus Cat if he reaches his full 10". Today while picking up feeder fish I saw they had a small (3" or so) Largemouth Bass at the pet store and thought it would be awsome to (eventually) add him to the pond also! But, I don't know if the Oscars will mess with him or not. The lady at the petstore seems to think that the Bass would probably chase the Oscars around (which I doubt) but it made me think that the little guy could be aggressive enough to keep the Oscars away from it. Also, there are plenty of places for the Bass to hide until he gets big enough. Is it worth a shot?
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Re: Largemouth Bass as tankmate

Postby khopeless » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:20 pm

UPDATE: I called back later to find out more info from the lady who actually orders the fish and found out its not in fact a LMB (like I was told), but a Peacock Bass! But still would my Oscars team up and beat it to death??
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Re: Largemouth Bass as tankmate

Postby ~RuSh~ » Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:31 pm

Pbass are much more aggressive than oscars in general. I can't speak from personal experience but owning several oscars and other cichlids myself I'd say that the Pbass has the edge when it comes to aggression. Although there are situations where oscars team up on cichilds, it usually isn't species specific, unless they are breeding which yours obviously are not. A pair of oscars are as likely to attack another oscar as they are a pbass. I would think the biggest issue will be keeping the pond up to temp in the colder months.
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