First imported into the European hobby in the late 1920s, the Oscar is still going as strongly as ever. Indeed, with modern-day technology making it ever easier to keep large fish in aquaria, this species – which is available in numerous color forms and even in a long-finned variety – could be on its way to becoming even more popular.
Other common names
- Peacock-eye, Velvet Cichlid
- Amazon, Orinoco and Paraguay River basins.
- Up to 13 3/4in (35cm) reported, but usually smaller.
- Territorial, especially when paired up for breeding. At other times, relatively tolerant of other equally robust species.
- All large foods accepted.
- Large, with good cover and ample, open swimming areas. Plants must be robust and protected (by making the area around the base of the stems inaccessible), or artificial. Large rounded/ smooth stones and bogwood should make up most of the decor. Water chemistry not critical, but water must be well filtered. Temperature range: 68-77 F (20 25 C).
- A strong bond is established between the pair after numerous “trials of strength,” after which the pair remains loyal. Broods of around 1,000 eggs are laid on a precleaned site Eggs and young are protected by the parents.