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Wild Oscar
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(Astronotus ocellatus) Easy Semi-Aggressive 18" 90 gallons 74-85° F, pH 5.0-7.0, KH 2-4 Omnivore South America Cichlidae Oscar Cichlid-New-World Astronotus ocellatus (the Oscar) is an intelligent and very interesting species which is native to the Amazon River basin in South America. In their natural environment, Oscars are typically found in slow moving, whitewater to blackwater lakes and rivers and can be found taking cover around and within submerged driftwood, trees, roots, rocks, and vegetation. The Wild Oscar is the original species of Astronotus ocellatus; all other Oscar variants in the hobby were derived (through selective breeding) from the Wild Oscar. Wild Oscars will grow out to be larger than the selectively bred Oscar variants as they are the original species, collected directly from the Amazon basin. They are one of the hardiest and most popular Cichlids in the hobby and can learn to distinguish their owner(s) from strangers as well as associate them with food. Wild Oscars are very intelligent and will develop and display unique and interesting personalities. In addition to their constant "begging" for food, they can also be trained to eat from their owner's hand; which is why they are sometimes referred to as river or water dogs. They have a base color of tan to gray with varying black, tan, gray, white, yellow, and bright orange markings on their body and fins (although their pectoral fins are usually translucent with no additional colors or markings). They also have a black ocellus spot at the beginning of their caudal fin that is commonly bordered in orange, yellow, gray, or tan. Wild Oscars require an aquarium of at least 75 gallons and should be provided with a sand or gravel substrate and multiple places where they can find shelter (driftwood, rock structures, vegetation, etc.). Wild Oscars are known to dig in substrate, which will cause uprooting in regard to live plants; live plants should have strong root systems, be placed in pots within the substrate, or species that will attach to and grow on driftwood and other structures should be used. Water changes (at least 25%) should be carried out every 2 weeks (or more or less frequently, depending how efficient the aquarium filtration is). Wild Oscars are very hardy fish, but they are also big and messy eaters and eventually they will have health problems if their water chemistry is not maintained; filthy water is usually where "one-eyed" Wild Oscars come from as well as Wild Oscars that have developed HITH (Hole-in-the-Head) disease. Wild Oscars are omnivorous (more accurately, facultative piscivores); they love live foods and enjoy the chase (your live plants won't), but will also readily accept many other foods. Wild Oscars require vitamin C and will develop health problems in its absence. Ideally, Wild Oscars should be fed a variety of foods, such as live, frozen or freeze-dried ghost shrimp, minnows, bloodworms, blackworms, mealworms, earthworms, and crickets. To make sure they are getting enough vitamins and nutrition, Wild Oscars should also be fed some prepared foods such as Cichlid pellets or sticks. Wild Oscars are egg-layers that practice brood care; a breeding pair of Wild Oscars will become very aggressive towards other tank inhabitants. Once a mated pair is established, the female Wild Oscar will lay around 800 eggs in a carefully cleaned, flat location (driftwood, flat rocks, slate, etc.) within the aquarium. The eggs will hatch in 3-5 days and the fry will be free-swimming within a week. The newly hatched fry can be fed a diet of baby brine shrimp (and crushed flake food) and moved to other foods as they mature.
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Red Oscar
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(Astronotus ocellatus) Easy Semi-Aggressive 14" 75 gallons 74-85° F, pH 5.0-7.0, KH 2-4 Omnivore South America Cichlidae Oscar Cichlid-New-World Red Oscars arrived on the scene several years after the Tiger Oscar and became an instant hit in the Cichlid, aquarium hobby. They were the second, selectively bred variation of the original, Amazonian, Wild Oscar and are admired for the burst of orange-red color and personality that they can add to any aquarium. Red Oscars are intelligent and can learn to distinguish their owner(s) from strangers as well a develop rather interesting personalities; in addition to their constant "begging", they can also be trained to eat from their owner's hand, which is why they are sometimes referred to as river or water dogs. Red Oscars have a base color of tan to gray with a bright orange lower jaw, "neck", operculum, belly and flanks. They usually have dark fins, but some specimens have orange that extends from their flanks to their fins (although their pectoral fins are usually translucent). Some specimens have a black, ocellus spot at the beginning of their caudal fin. Red Oscars require an aquarium of at least 75 gallons and should be provided with a sand or gravel substrate and multiple places where they can find shelter (driftwood, rock structures, vegetation, etc.). Red Oscars are known to dig in substrate, which will cause uprooting in regard to live plants; live plants should have strong root systems, be placed in pots within the substrate, or species that will attach to and grow on driftwood and other structures should be used. Water changes (at least 25%) should be carried out every 2 weeks (or more or less frequently, depending how efficient the aquarium filtration is). Red Oscars are very hardy fish, but they are also big and messy eaters and eventually they will have health problems if their water chemistry is not maintained; filthy water is usually where "one-eyed" Red Oscars come from as well as Red Oscars that have developed HITH (Hole-in-the-Head) disease. Red Oscars are omnivorous (more accurately, facultative piscivores); they love live foods and enjoy the chase (your live plants won't), but will also readily accept many other foods. Red Oscars require vitamin C and will develop health problems in its absence. Ideally, Red Oscars should be fed a variety of foods, such as live, frozen or freeze-dried ghost shrimp, minnows, bloodworms, blackworms, mealworms, earthworms, and crickets. To make sure they are getting enough vitamins and nutrition, Red Oscars should also be fed some prepared foods such as Cichlid pellets or sticks. Red Oscars are egg-layers that practice brood care; a breeding pair of Red Oscars will become very aggressive towards other tank inhabitants. Once a mated pair is established, the female Red Oscar will lay around 800 eggs in a carefully cleaned, flat location (driftwood, flat rocks, slate, etc.) within the aquarium. The eggs will hatch in 3-5 days and the fry will be free-swimming within a week. The newly hatched fry can be fed a diet of baby brine shrimp (and crushed flake food) and moved to other foods as they mature.
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Albino Tiger Oscar
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(Astronotus ocellatus) Easy Semi-Aggressive 14" 75 gallons 74-85° F, pH 5.0-7.0, KH 2-4 Omnivore South America Cichlidae Oscar Cichlid-New-World Albino Tiger Oscars are another selectively bred variant of the original, Wild Oscars of the Amazon. They became extremely popular shortly after their introduction into the hobby and were largely desired as they have the personality Oscars are known for as well as an attractive, white and orange color form that contrasts well with other Oscar variants as well as other Cichlids in general. They can learn to distinguish their owner(s) from strangers as well as associate them with food; they are also very intelligent and will develop and display unique and interesting personalities. In addition to their constant "begging" for food, they can also be trained to eat from their owner's hand; which is why they are sometimes referred to as river or water dogs. Albino Tiger Oscars have a base color of cream to snow white with varying orange markings on their body and fins (although their pectoral fins are usually translucent white with no additional colors or markings). They also sometimes have a cream, tan, gray, or more commonly, a white ocellus spot at the beginning of their caudal fin that is bordered with an orange outline. Albino Tiger Oscars require an aquarium of at least 75 gallons and should be provided with a sand or gravel substrate and multiple places where they can find shelter (driftwood, rock structures, vegetation, etc.). They are known to dig in substrate, which will cause uprooting in regard to live plants; live plants should have strong root systems, be placed in pots within the substrate, or species that will attach to and grow on driftwood and other structures should be used. Water changes (at least 25%) should be carried out every 2 weeks (or more or less frequently, depending how efficient the aquarium filtration is). Albino Tiger Oscars are very hardy fish, but they are also big and messy eaters and eventually they will have health problems if their water chemistry is not maintained; filthy water is usually where "one-eyed" Albino Tiger Oscars come from as well as Albino Tiger Oscars that have developed HITH (Hole-in-the-Head) disease. Albino Tiger Oscars are omnivorous (more accurately, facultative piscivores); they love live foods and enjoy the chase (your live plants won't), but will also readily accept many other foods. Albino Tiger Oscars require vitamin C and will develop health problems in its absence. Ideally, Albino Tiger Oscars should be fed a variety of foods, such as live, frozen or freeze-dried ghost shrimp, minnows, bloodworms, blackworms, mealworms, earthworms, and crickets. To make sure they are getting enough vitamins and nutrition, Albino Tiger Oscars should also be fed some prepared foods such as Cichlid pellets or sticks. Albino Tiger Oscars are egg-layers that practice brood care; a breeding pair of Albino Tiger Oscars will become very aggressive towards other tank inhabitants. Once a mated pair is established, the female Albino Tiger Oscar will lay around 800 eggs in a carefully cleaned, flat location (driftwood, flat rocks, slate, etc.) within the aquarium. The eggs will hatch in 3-5 days and the fry will be free-swimming within a week. The newly hatched fry can be fed a diet of baby brine shrimp (and crushed flake food) and moved to other foods as they mature.
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Albino Red Oscar
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(Astronotus ocellatus) Easy Semi-Aggressive 14" 75 gallons 74-85° F, pH 5.0-7.0, KH 2-4 Omnivore South America Cichlidae Oscar Cichlid-New-World The Albino variation of the Red Oscar is another selectively bred descendant of the original, Wild Oscar of the Amazon Basin. A truly remarkable fish that has the excellent "Oscar" personality along with a beautiful, white body and orange flanks. Albino Red Oscars are very popular and have recently been bred to another, beautiful variation (sometimes called an Albino Super Red) which displays mostly bright, orange-red over their entire body, with little white left in the mix. Albino Red Oscars can learn to distinguish their owner(s) from strangers as well as associate them with food; they are also very intelligent and will develop and display unique and interesting personalities and can be trained to eat from their owner's hand; which is why they are sometimes referred to as river or water dogs. Albino Red Oscars have a base color of cream to snow white with a bright orange lower jaw, "neck", operculum, belly and flanks. They usually have white fins, but some specimens have orange that extends from their flanks to their fins (although their pectoral fins are usually translucent white). Albino Red Oscars rarely have an ocellus spot at the beginning of their caudal fin, but if one is present, it's white, surrounded in orange. Albino Red Oscars require an aquarium of at least 75 gallons and should be provided with a sand or gravel substrate and multiple places where they can find shelter (driftwood, rock structures, vegetation, etc.). Albino Red Oscars are known to dig in substrate, which will cause uprooting in regard to live plants; live plants should have strong root systems, be placed in pots within the substrate, or species that will attach to and grow on driftwood and other structures should be used. Water changes (at least 25%) should be carried out every 2 weeks (or more or less frequently, depending how efficient the aquarium filtration is). Albino Red Oscars are very hardy fish, but they are also big and messy eaters and eventually they will have health problems if their water chemistry is not maintained; filthy water is usually where "one-eyed" Albino Red Oscars come from as well as Albino Red Oscars that have developed HITH (Hole-in-the-Head) disease. Albino Red Oscars are omnivorous (more accurately, facultative piscivores); they love live foods and enjoy the chase (your live plants won't), but will also readily accept many other foods. Albino Red Oscars require vitamin C and will develop health problems in its absence. Ideally, Albino Red Oscars should be fed a variety of foods, such as live, frozen or freeze-dried ghost shrimp, minnows, bloodworms, blackworms, mealworms, earthworms, and crickets. To make sure they are getting enough vitamins and nutrition, Albino Red Oscars should also be fed some prepared foods such as Cichlid pellets or sticks. Albino Red Oscars are egg-layers that practice brood care; a breeding pair of Albino Red Oscars will become very aggressive towards other tank inhabitants. Once a mated pair is established, the female Albino Red Oscar will lay around 800 eggs in a carefully cleaned, flat location (driftwood, flat rocks, slate, etc.) within the aquarium. The eggs will hatch in 3-5 days and the fry will be free-swimming within a week. The newly hatched fry can be fed a diet of baby brine shrimp (and crushed flake food) and moved to other foods as they mature.
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Tiger Oscar
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(Astronotus ocellatus) Easy Semi-Aggressive 14" 75 Gallons 74-85° F, pH 5.0-7.0, KH 2-4 Omnivore South America Cichlidae Oscar New World Cichlid Aquarium The Tiger Oscar was the first, variant (selectively bred) of the original, Wild Oscar from the Amazon River basin in South America. Tiger Oscars are one of the hardiest and most popular Cichlids in the hobby and have the closest resemblance to Wild Oscars out of all the other, selectively bred Oscar variants. They are extremely intelligent and can distinguish their owner(s) from strangers as well as associate them with food; they will also develop and display unique and interesting personalities. In addition to their constant "begging" for food, they can also be trained to eat from their owner's hand; which is why they are sometimes referred to as river or water dogs. Tiger Oscars have a base color of tan to gray with varying black, tan, gray and bright orange markings on their body and fins (although their pectoral fins are usually translucent with no additional colors or markings). They also have a black, ocellus spot at the beginning of their caudal fin which is bordered in a bright orange outline. Tiger Oscars require an aquarium of at least 75 gallons and should be provided with a sand or gravel substrate and multiple places where they can find shelter (driftwood, rock structures, vegetation, etc.). Tiger Oscars are known to dig in substrate, which will cause uprooting in regard to live plants; live plants should have strong root systems, be placed in pots within the substrate, or species that will attach to and grow on driftwood and other structures should be used. Water changes (at least 25%) should be carried out every 2 weeks (or more or less frequently, depending how efficient the aquarium filtration is). Tiger Oscars are very hardy fish, but they are also big and messy eaters and eventually they will have health problems if their water chemistry is not maintained; filthy water is usually where "one-eyed" Tiger Oscars come from as well as Tiger Oscars that have developed HITH (Hole-in-the-Head) disease. Tiger Oscars are omnivorous (more accurately, facultative piscivores); they love live foods and enjoy the chase (your live plants won't), but will also readily accept many other foods. Tiger Oscars require vitamin C and will develop health problems in its absence. Ideally, Tiger Oscars should be fed a variety of foods, such as live, frozen or freeze-dried ghost shrimp, minnows, bloodworms, blackworms, mealworms, earthworms, and crickets. To make sure they are getting enough vitamins and nutrition, Tiger Oscars should also be fed some prepared foods such as Cichlid pellets or sticks. Tiger Oscars are egg-layers that practice brood care; a breeding pair of Tiger Oscars will become very aggressive towards other tank inhabitants. Once a mated pair is established, the female Tiger Oscar will lay around 800 eggs in a carefully cleaned, flat location (driftwood, flat rocks, slate, etc.) within the aquarium. The eggs will hatch in 3-5 days and the fry will be free-swimming within a week. The newly hatched fry can be fed a diet of baby brine shrimp (and crushed flake food) and moved to other foods as they mature.