Astronotus ocellatus

77F
Explanation of the symbols

72F
Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Amazon river
Length : 33 cm - 13"
Min.length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English name : Oscar
You must keep these fish as a pair.  They are peaceful to other fishes except in breeding time.  You should set up the aquarium with some driftwood and some big plants that are well potted, because the fish burrow in the substrate.  There should be a deep substrate of fine sand.

You should feed them big live food like worms or fish.

Breeding is easy.  1000-2000 eggs are laid on a previously cleaned stone.  Both parents take care of the fry.  When they are hatched the fry is moved to a pit.  When they are swimming free you can feed the young fishes with baby brine shrimp and small cyclops.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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