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Cichlids - Oscars Species
(Oscars species)

Oscars Species Oscars Species > Quick Stats
Food: These fish love to eat live feeders. They should be conditioned to take pellets.
Breeding: It is Possible. Breeding requires a very large tank and fully adult fishes.
Tank Conditions: Just about anything. Oscars are very hardy fish.

This site was created to get straight to the point. Below are some tips on keeping Oscars. If you need more information navigate to the related web links section. Send any additional information or questions to Ask An Expert

Oscars have been known to eat anything that fits in their mouths. Potential tank mates include Large Plecostomus and other large Neotropical Cichlids such as Texas Cichlids, Jack Dempseys, and Salvini. White Tip Sharks, Tinfoil Barbs, Black Barred Tiger Fish, Large Clown Loaches, and some large Eels. With some Oscars its best to them only with other Oscars, and put the other fish somewhere else.

Oscars Species: Key Points, Tips & Tricks - Oscar Cichlids Q/A

  1. Oscars do well in large groups in large aquariums, but they'll quarrel if there are just a few of them. Keep 1 or keep 6 or more.
  2. Oscars grow very fast to large sizes. (14" adult full size)
  3. Can live more than 20 years old.
  4. Oscars love to dig.
  5. Oscars will eat anything. Just because they can, don't mean you should. People often feed their oscars things such as crickets, table scraps, lizards caught around the house. It is recommend that you condition your fish to eat pellets, there better nutritionally, don't create that much waste and are cheaper to buy.
  6. Oscars dig and play around with stuff they are widely known for breaking aquarium heaters.

Oscars Species: DO'S - Oscar Cichlids Q/A

  1. Make sure your tank is big enough. I recommend at the very least 20 gallons for each juvenile fish growing up. At adulthood (14" fish) you should have at least 50 gallons per adult oscar.
  2. For Oscars, plastic plants or no plants at all is best. Make sure to epoxy them to the floor of your tank. Before you fill it.

Oscars Species: DONT'S - Oscar Cichlids Q/A

  1. Tank live plants don't stand a chance, so don't even try.
  2. Oscars can be aggressive towards other fishes.

 Common Species Care Sheet - (PETCO.com)

Follow the above recommendations and you should have a joyful Oscars experience. Send any questions, comments or pictures to Ask An Expert If you are interested in helping out visit our contributions page.

The Essentials Related Web Links
Photo Image Gallery of Cichlids Photo Gallery of Cichlids
Cichlid Forum Discussion Cichlid Forum Discussion
External Web Resources
 http://www.cichlids.com/ - You won't need another source.
 http://www.cichlid-forum.com - Maybe this one.
 Cichlids - Central America @ Aquabid.com
 Cichlids - South America @ Aquabid.com
 Cichlids - Malawi @ Aquabid.com
 Cichlids - Tanganyika @ Aquabid.com
 Cichlids - Victoria @ Aquabid.com
 Cichlids - Other @ Aquabid.com

References/Further Reading

Axelrod, H. R. 1993 The Most Complete Colored Lexicon of Cichlids, Every Known Cichlid Illustrated in Color. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 863 pp., color illus.
Axelrod, H. R., and W. E. Burgess 1988 African Cichlids of Lakes Malawi and Tanganyika. 12th edition. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 447 pp., illus., some color.
Brichard, P. 1989 Pierre Brichard's Book of Cichlids and All the Other Fishes of Lake Tanganyika. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 544 pp., color illus.
Fryer, G., and T.D. Iles 1972 The Cichlid Fishes of the Great Lakes of Africa: their biology and evolution. Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh. xvi, 611 ppp., illus, some color.
Konings, A. 1990 Ad Koning's Book of Cichlids and All the Other Fishes of Lake Malawi. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune, NJ. 495 pp.
Loisell, P.V. 1985 The Cichlid Aquarium. Tetra Press, Melle, W. Germany. 287 pp., color illus.
Loisell, P.V. 1988 A Fishkeeper's Guide to African Cichlids. Tetra, Morris Plains, NJ. 117 pp., color illus.
Sands, D.D. 1986 A Fishkeeper's Guide to Central American Cichlids. Tetra Press, Morris Plains. 77 pp., color illus.
Sands, D.D. 1986 A Fishkeeper's Guide to African & Asian Catfishes. Tetra Press, Morris Plains, NJ. 77 pp., color illus.
Sands, D.D. 1988 A Fishkeeper's Guide to South American Catfishes. Tetra Press, Morris Plains, NJ. 117 pp., some color illus.

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