Species group: Cichlids
Other common names: Oscar Cichlid; Tiger Oscar; Velvet Cichlid; Marbled Cichlid
Scientific name: Astronotus ocellatus
The Oscar is a member of the Cichlid family which is native to slow moving streams and rivers throughout the Amazon River basin. The Oscar is one of the most commonly kept South American Cichlids and easy to care for.
Some of the challenges to keeping Oscars is having a large enough tank and finding compatible tank mates that are equally large and aggressive.
When they are full grown diet their can be a little a tricky too. Oscars will be perfectly healthy on a diet of pellets if they will accept them. Some times they get picky and will only eat live foods like small goldfish. Giving them a balance of pellets with other live foods will ensure they get all the nutrients they need to be healthy and have vibrant colors.
The most common Oscar colors are the Tiger, Albino, and Red. The patterns will vary from Oscar to Oscar and each of these colors also come in a long tail version. Oscars are usually a base color of black or white with orange to red patches on them. Juveniles are sold at a cute size of 2 inches but they grow rapidly and can reach their adult size of 14 inches within a couple years.
Oscars are aggressive and they will eat anything they can fit in their mouth including other fish, invertebrates, and snails. Because of its predatory nature Oscars are best kept with fish of a similar size and temperament like the Jack Dempsey and other Oscars. African cichlids make poor tank mates because they remain under 4 inches and will become food when the Oscar outgrows them.
The Oscar requires a 55 gallon tank with a good filter. They need a lot of room to swim around and once full grown can dash around the tank knocking over decorations and running into the tank walls if the tank is too small. A lid is a good idea too so they don't jump out when startled or they're happy to see you.
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cichlid tank, exciting fish, bright orange markings, real ‘pet fish, outgoing personalities
12-14 inches, weekly water changes, truly aggressive fish, powerful filtration, messy eaters
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Oscars are a cool fish to have overall. They are NOT peaceful or friendly to any fish/creatures smaller than them, they will eat just about anything they sees fit, alive or dead. They're very active and they bond to you and interact with you when it's feeding time. Make sure to have a lid on your tank because they're jumpers too! Just keep the water parameters to their liking and they're healthy, fun fish to have around..
From BayleeCVT Jan 15 2019 2:14AM
Copper works when dosed correctly
Copper sulfate is a heavy metal that when dosed correctly, kills Chilodonella. The idea is to kill the parasite and not harm the fish. Dosing is based on the alkalinity (carbonate hardness) of the water. Copper toxicity increases as carbonates decrease, so a lower dose is required in low-alkalinity water. Charts can be found online. You'll need a copper test kit and alkalinity test kit to dose in the best manner. Otherwise, follow the directions on the treatment label.Avoid chelated or complexed copper medications. They are not effective..
From James 30 days ago