Oscar Cichlid ( Astronotus Ocellatus ) Information
Oscar Cichlid or Oscar fish is
not the same
as Flower Horn breedings. Originally, this fish comes from South
America, p.e. from the River Rio Negro; in its original
habitat, the Oscar Cichlid swims
through the underwoods searching for food. In recent times however, you
can find this giant fish in Central America as well; it was set adrift
because of its savoury meat.
a tank, these fish come to trust
quite easily. With a size of approximately 15 inch, the Oscar is not
one of the small tank fish. Despite this fact, the Oscar Cichlid is
absolutely popular as a pet fish. Numerous aquarium guide books and
journals present you with a lot of information and articles on these
fresh water kings.
Oscar is quite easy to
socialize with small South Americans or with Cichlid
that are not too
aggressive. This fish rather even-tempered when it is advanced in age
and wants to be let alone – young Oscars, in contrast, grow
rapidly and are quite gruff against each other.
One of my Oscars, for example,
was out for its brother all the time – even though the
seeking refuge underneath a radix – in order to scrape the
its back! The best solution is to keep a harmonizing pair in a large
ideal tank offers enough
space for at least one pair of Oscars, i.e. from 2
m * 0,60 m * 0,60 m
onwards, with a lot
of grit and radix composition so that the pet fish do not get
love to catch their food at the water surface, this is why the
lighting should not be too strong.
Actually, it is possible to feed
these fish almost any kind of food ranging from ordinary frost feed to dry fish food
except for red larvae and beef hearts. These cichlids like to
feed off crickets,
insects or small fish. Whereas you have
to keep in mind that many small fish may not receive any attention, but
introduce pathogens into your tank.
water quality may lead to
small holes forming on the animals’ heads. In addition, these
will grow on and on. One of my Oscars showed a beginning HIS when it
was living in water which did not contain enough mineral compounds.
Another factor was that the Oscars were breeding often at that