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How to look after
Oscar, Velvet cichlid
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
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.