Red Oscar's are a freshwater fish of the Cichlid family and is found in parts of South America. The Oscar's intelligent personality and attractive coloring makes it an appealing aquarium fish for the intermediate aquarist. It is most commonly sold in aquariums as juveniles but they grow very quickly and are an efficient predator. They require good filtration as they dig in aquarium substrate and can be messy eaters. Oscar's are known to interact beyond the tank with their keepers, and are popular for this reason.
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Oscar Cichlids are a popular species of freshwater aquarium fish known for their large size and dog-like personalities. Oscar Cichlids typically grow about up to 30cm. The minimum tank size recommended for a single Oscar Cichlid is 200 litres. If you plan to keep more than one, you will need a larger aquarium.
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Due to their aggressive and territorial personalities, Oscar Cichlid fish shouldn’t be housed with the majority of fish species. They are a predatory species that will eat smaller fish that fit in their mouth. Also ensure your aquarium is not crowded and offers ample hiding spaces for other species if you choose to keep other species.
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Oscar Cichlid fish are omnivores and eat a varied diet of larvae, small fish, and plant matter. Feed Oscar Cichlid fish a combination of pellets or flakes, live/frozen food like brine shrimp, bloodworms and plant-based foods like algae wafers or green vegetables. Oscar Cichlid fish have natural hunting instincts and enjoy catching and eating live food.
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A good filtration system, such as canister filters, are required for Oscar Cichlid fish. Keep in mind that Oscar Cichlids are large fish that are messy easters and produce a larger volume of waste.
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Oscar Cichlid fish prefer moderate to low aquarium light. Lighting should be set on a daily cycle to mimic the natural day and night cycle. 8-12 hours of light is sufficient. LED lighting will help display the Oscar Cichlids’ colours, we recommend Zetlight.
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Oscar Cichlid fish enjoy digging in the substrate and rearranging the tank, so plants should be hardy and firmly rooted. Consider plants growing on driftwood such as anubias, to avoid uprooting of plants. Anubias also have a tougher leaf & tolerate lower levels of lighting making this the perfect plant for your aquarium with Oscar's.
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Oscar Cichlids grow into large fish and will be strong enough to shift small objects. In general, most Oscar Cichlid tanks are decorated very minimally. Large rocks or driftwoods are ideal ornaments for your Oscars.
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To replicate the natural environment of your Oscar Cichlid's, use a sandy substrate mixed with small rocks, pebbles, and gravel to provide a more natural look. Oscar fish do enjoy digging, so be prepared for shifting substate.
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