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Astronotus ocellatus
Oscar, Velvet cichlid
(Agassiz, 1831)

Astronotus ocellatus - Oscar, Velvet cichlid - There are several man-made varieties of oscar. This is the albino.
There are several man-made varieties of oscar. This is the albino.
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(Other members of the genus Astronotus)

ADULT SIZE: 35 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 25-30 C

FOOD: Feed Astronotus ocellatus live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Brazil, Peru


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AQUARIUM CARE: The Oscar is an aquarium favourite, being much more 'pet like' in its behaviour, it is a firm favourite with many aquarists. They are a large, long-lived species, and need to be well cared for if they are to thrive. They spend much of their time resting and playing, though they will 'strike' when feeding. They particularly relish nutricious livefoods; earthworms, prawn, fish etc. A good feeding readily triggers spawning.

BREEDING: Eggs are typically laid on a cleaned surface. A piece of slate is ideal, though they will dig a pit in the gravel if not provided with a suitable substrate. The eggs are fanned by both parents, and the the young grow quickly; like their parents they can eat endlessly.

Have you bred Astronotus ocellatus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Astronotus ocellatus breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Give your fish a treat! Flaked fish foods are excellent nutritionally, but most fish really enjoy tucking into live, or frozen live foods. Insect larvae such as bloodworms can be collected in summertime from your water barrel, but it is also very worthwhile to attempt to culture Daphnia or white worms for a free food source absolutely relished by aquarium fish. Frozen bloodworm are almost as good and are widely available, though freeze dried live foods tend not to go down as well. See more on feeding fish


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