Caring for Your New Oscar (in 5 chapters)
Scoop from Aqualand Pets Plus on Astronotus ocellatus

 
Amphibians
Axolotls
Caecilian Worm
Chaco Toad
Mud Puppies

Newts General
Newts Eastern
Newts Golden

Newts Mandarin
Salamanders
Suriname Toad
Tadpoles
Terrarium I
Terrarium II
USA Toads
Water Dogs
Misc. Toads

Frogs
Bull
Clawed
Dumpy
Dwarf
Fire-Belly
Floating
Green Tree
Leopard
Pac Man
Pipa pipa
Pyxie
Red-Eyed Tree
Tomato
Misc Frogs 
Misc Frogs II
Misc Frogs III
Misc Frogs IV

Misc Frogs V

Animals
Bunnies
Bunnies II 
Chinchillas
Degus
Ferrets
Ferrets by BOB
Gerbils
Ground Squirrels
Guinea Pig
Hamsters I
Hamsters II
Hamsters III
Hamsters IV
Hamsters V
Hedgehogs
Kittens
Kids & Kittens
Mice
Mice Pets II
Parasites
Rats I
Rats II
Rats III
Rats, Hairless
S-T Opossums
Siberian Chipmunks
Sugar Gliders
Sugar Gliders II
Water Bottles

Bugs
Crabby 500
Crab 04 Results
Centipedes
Cray/Lobsters
Crayfish II
Crayfish III
Cray, Yucatan
Fiddler Crabs
Shrimp, Algae
Shrimp, Aqua
Shrimp, Red
Shrimp, Flower

Shrimp, Ghost
Shrimp, Rudolph
Hermit Crabs
Hermit Crabs II
Madagas Roach
Mantids
Mini-Clams
Mini-Crabs
Patriot Crabs
Giant Millipedes
Red Claw Crabs
Reiman Butterfly
Snail, Apple
Snail, Colombian
Snail, Land
Snail, Malaysian

Snail, Mystery
Snail, Trapdoor 
Scorpions
Tarantulas
Tarantulas II
Tarantula Night 2006
TarantulaWeen VII
TarantulaWeen 9
Misc. Bugs
Misc Bugs II  

Birds
Breeding Tips

Button Quail
Canaries

Cockatiels
Dove, Diamond
Dove, Ringneck
Finches
Love Birds
Parakeets
Pelleted Foods
Quaker Parrots

Parrot Pictures
Parrot Pix II

Parrot Pix III
Dave's Parrots


Lizards
Alligators
Anoles
Bearded Dragon

Beardies II
Calotes
Chamel, Jackson
Chamel, Panther
Chamel, Veiled
Crested Geckos
Gecko, Golden

Gecko, House
Gecko, Leopard
Gecko, Tokay
Horned "Toads"
Iguana New
Iguana Dragons
Iguana Q&A I
Iguana Q&A II
Iguana Training
Iguana Update
Cool Iguana Pics
Knight Anoles
Monitors, Nile

Monitors, Savana
Monitors, Water

Salmonella
Skinks
Skinks Blue-Tongue
Tegus
Uromastyx maliensis
Water Dragon
Misc Lizards
Misc Lizards 2
Misc Lizards 3
Misc Lizards 4
Misc Lizards 5

Misc Lizards 6
Misc Lizards 7
Misc Lizards 8
Misc Lizards 9


Snakes
Anacondas
Boa, Rosy

Boa, Red-Tail
Corn Snake
Garter Snake
Green Snake
Kids/Corn Snakes
Kids/Red-Tail Boas

Kids at Pet Expo 1

Kids at Pet Expo 2

Kids at Pet Expo 3

Kids at Pet Expo 4

Kids at Pet Expo 5
King & Milk
Python, Ball
Python, Burmese

Snakes Alive
Snakesgiving
Snakesgiving II

Misc Snake Pix
Misc Snakes II

Misc Snakes III  

Turtles/Tortoises
Box, Asian
Box, USA
Races
Snapping

Sulcata
Water

Western Painted

Live Foods
Blackworms
Blood Worms
Br Shrimp I
Br
Shrimp II
Crayfish 1
Crayfish 2
Crayfish 3 
Crickets
Daphnia
Earthworms
Feeder Goldfish
Fruit Flies
Ghost Shrimp

Glass Worms

Grindal Worms
Infusoria
Mealworms
Microworms
Rosy Reds

Super Worms

Wax Worms
White Clouds

 

Decorating
Bubbles
Driftwood
Gravel
Plastic Plants
Rocks
Slow Growing Plants

Miscellaneous
Bob's Acclimation

How to Start
How to Add New Fish
How to Keep Healthy
Which Fish Get Along?
10 Questions to Ask
What is Ich?
Under Gravel Filters

Sponge Filters
Cloudy Water

Cool Water Tanks
Gravel Vacuums
Preventing Disease
Feeding to the Max
Frozen Foods
Green Water
Nasty Chemicals
Overfeeding
Power Filters
Rift Lake Salts
Quarantine Tank
Mini-Tank
2nd Av Bait

Pet World Visit
Dandelions

Aquatic Plants
Amazon Swords
More Swords
Sword Plants III

Anubias
Aponogetons
A. boivinianus
A. fenestralis
A. ulvaceous
Aquarium/Bog
Banana Plant
Bolbitis
Bunch
Bunch Plants II
Cryptocorynes
Crystalwort
Dwarf Lily
Grassy
Grassy II
Hornwort
Hygrophila
Lace
Java Lance Fern
Java Moss
Moss Balls
Onion
Vermiculite

Watersprite

Oscar Factoids

Origin

Amazon River basin

Maximum Size

14 inches

Housing

Needs 30 gallons.  Prefers more.

Security

Not necessary

Planting

Tears live plants to shreds

Temperature

75 to 80o

Attitude

Eager eater.

Foods

Loves all foods – especially fish

Toys

Likes heaters, snails, and ping pong balls

Water

Needs frequent water changes

Spawning Area

55-gallon minimum

Spawning Substrate

Flat piece of slate

Sex Differences

Discernible only during spawning

LA Pix
Oscars make great pet fish.  Since they love eating, you can train them.

LA Pic
And, of course. they look great.



Not every fish has its own Web site on the World Wide Web (plus a French site).  If you want to ask a question of other oscar owners, just fire up your computer and wait for the answers.  Some may even be correct.  

Astronotus ocellatus, better known as Oscar, is an eating machine.   Because Oscar is so addicted to eating, you can train him to do tricks.  Do not teach him to jump out of the water for food.  He already knows how to jump out of the water.  Your oscar may jump out and expire while you’re not there.  Keep him securely covered.

Reach for Your Salt Shaker.  Unfortunately, lots of info on the web is from old books or someone’s experience with one oscar.  There’s nothing wrong with anecdotal reports, they’re just limited in their scope.  Not every oscar is the same as every other oscar.  Similar, but not the same.

LA Pic
This two-incher takes goldfish.  That's a standard one-inch filter tube.

LA Pix
Seems that all little oscars eat little fishes.

LA Pic
They eat flakes but also need worms and brine shrimp at this size.

LA Pic
And plankton and small feeders (gups, white clouds, rosies).

Small Oscars.  Just a note of caution, those “small oscars” you see for sale are not just “smalls.”  Treat them as BABY oscars.  In other words, give them BABY foods.  Rather then starting them on hard pellets, feed them frozen brine shrimp or other foods preferred by young fishes.  Just remember that oscars up to two inches are really babies.

 

LA Pic
The "new" oscars looking for food just like the "old" oscars below.

LA Pic
Normal baby oscars look like this, only blacker -- a rich velvety black.  These are scared.
   

LA Pic
Normal oscar at 1.5."
 

LA Pic
As they mature, they get more red on them.

Original Oscars.  Normal oscars, which you rarely see these days, start life as cute little black and white fry (looking a lot like baby Jack Dempseys) which quickly grow into dark, bass-resembling predators.  Their velvety black and olive bodies are sprinkled with orange “stars” (Astro) on their back (notus).  They sport the characteristic “eye” on their tails (ocellatus).

LA Pic
Normal oscars grow up to look like this.  Attractive AND tasty.
 

Brittany Popa, Norwalk, OH, January 13, 2011
Dear aqualand, I am emailing you to inform you that your oscar section on your website should be fixed. That information is wrong and i feel that your causing oscars to be mistreated like many of them are today. On your site, you claim one oscar can live in a 30 gallon tank, 2 can live in a 55 gallon tank, and that 4 can live it a 75 gallon. This info is VERY wrong. One oscar can live in a 55 gallon but a 75 is way more recomended. I know someone who has a 14.5 inch oscar...can you see 4 of those living comfortably in a 75? no, you cant. Im a member of the forum www.Oscarfishlover.com. and there are alot of very smart oscar owners on this site and they would be the first people id send a newbie in oscars to....but im just saying that maybe you should go to the site and check it out...maybe you'll learn something new.

A:  You don't need a huge tank for your oscars IF you make regular water changes and IF you don't overfeed.  I'll add your input to one of my oscar pages.  Thanks.  LA

Brittany Poppa, Norwalk, OH, January 14, 2011
Thanks but one more thing, how can you say you don't need a huge tank for this huge fish? I think a 75 should be minimum for one Oscar because even a 55 is to small. Explain to me how a 14 inch fish can turn around in a tank that's 12 inches on the sides? I just think that people should know how huge these fish can get. And at the growing rate of 1 to 1 1/2 inches a month, within a year these things get at least 11 inches. So idk I don't want to offend you, but I've seen SO many people joining the forum and having a way too small tank and way too many oscars and then we tell them what's wrong and why their fish are sulking and they get pissed and leave the forum because that's not what PetsMart told them. Just yesterday a guy had 2 oscars in a 20 gallon and left the forum because we told him that's was WAY too tiny :/

A:  I don't remember recommending putting a 14-inch fish in a 10 gallon tank.  However, if they slanted into the diagonal they could turn around without breaking a sweat.  An oscar kept in a 30 or even a 20 does not have his feelings hurt enough to sulk.  He doesn't know any better.  As I said earlier, "the bigger the better."  The theoretically happiest oscars I ever saw were in Florida in a 2-foot deep concrete pond about 40 feet across.  I'm sorry your forum has dropouts.  Sometimes you can't make everyone happy by telling them what to do.  LA

Go to Oscars Chapter 2

More info and pictures for oscar fanatics:

Oscars 1
Oscars 2
Oscars 3
Oscars 4
Oscars 5
More Oscar
More Oscar II
More Oscars III
More Oscars 2007
More Oscars 2007.5
More Oscar 2008
Oscar Spawn

Steve Bell, December 21, 2005
I see you have a terrific page on breeding oscars. I have just finished making a double DVD on oscars -- one about keeping oscars (50 minutes) the other is all about breeding oscars (57 minutes). I have also made a DVD about breeding fighters. Both have some amazing footage of the fish spawning and the fry hatching you can see some clips on my site at www.oscartropicalfish.com and www.siamesefighters.com. Perhaps you could put a link on the appropriate web pages of your site? Thanks

A:  Why not?  I hope you get rich.  LA

© 1999, © 2003, © 2004  LA Productions

3600 Sixth Avenue

Corner of Sixth & Euclid Avenues

Des Moines, IA 50313

515 283-0300

Home

Fish

Other Stuff

 

Anabantids
Betta Leaf 
Betta Breed 1
Betta Breed II
Betta Info
Betta  Housing
Betta Pla Kat
Choc Gourami
Climbing Perch
Gourami Pix
Kiss. Gourami
Osphronemus
Pearl Gourami
More Pearls
Paradise Fish  
Snakehead
Spawn Gourami
T. trichopterus

Catfish  
Banjo
Bullheads
Bull Sharks
Channel  
Corydoras
Cory Pics
Electric
Glass
Hoplos
Otocinclus
Pangassius
Pictus
Plecostomus
Pleco Bristle
Pleco Costly I
Pleco Costly II
Pleco Costly III
Pleco Costly IV
Pleco Costly V
Pleco Costly VI

Pleco Costly VII
Raphael
Red-Tail
Shovelnose
Sun
Synodontis
Synodontis petricola
Turushuki Catfish
Upside-down
USD Gold Flake
Misc Catfish
Misc Catfish II
Misc Catfish III

Misc Catfish IV
Misc Catfish V

Cichlids
African I
African II
African III
African IV

Af. Furniture
Amer. Small
Amer.  Med 
Amer. Large
Angelfish I
Angelfish II
Angelfish III
Angelfish IV
More Angels
Buttikoferi

Chocolate
Chocolate Spawning
Cichlid Decor
Cichlid Food
Convicts
Convicts 2
Convicts 3
Convicts 4
Dempseys
More Dempseys
Jack Dempsey Spawn
Discus
Dither Fish
Flower Horn
Green Terror
Jaguar
More Jaguars
Jaguar Spawning

Jaguar Spawning II
Jewel Fish
Keo's Flowerhorns
Keo's Flowerhorns II
Kribensis

Odd Couple Spawn
Oscars 1
Oscars 2
Oscars 3
Oscars 4
Oscars 5
More Oscar
More Oscar II
More Oscars III
More Oscars 2007
More Oscars 2007.5
Oscar Spawn
Peacock Bass
Red Devils
More Red Devil

Red Parrots

Red Parrots Spawn
Red Parrot Spawn II
Pikes
Pink Tilapia
Rams
Red Bay Snooks
Red Bay Snook Spawn
Roger Stephen's Cichlids
Severums
More Severums
Severums III

Tanganyikans
Texas Cichlid
Texas Spawning

Texas Spawn II
Uarus
Misc Cichlids I
Misc Cichlids II
Misc Cichlids III
Misc Cichlids IV
Misc Cichlids V
Misc Cichlids VI
Misc Cichlids VII
Misc Cichlids VIII
Misc Cichlids IX

Livebearer  
Guppies
Half-Beak
Mollies
Moons/Platys
Swordtails

Minnows/Tetra 
Barbs
Barbs, Black
Barbs, Gold

Barbs, Rosy
Barbs, Tiger
Barbs, Tinfoil

Danios

Danio Egg Saver
Distochodus
Fathead Minnows
Headstanders
Killies, Econ.
Killies, Golden
Killies, Peat
Killies, Plant
Misc Mini-Fish
Pacús 

Piranha, Black
Piranha, Red
Rainbowfish

Rainbowfish, Dwarf Neon
Rainbowfish, Irian

Silver Dollar
Tetras, Larger
Tetras, Smaller
Tetras, Spawn
Tetra, Vampire
White Clouds

Pond Fish
Carp
Channel Cat
Gold. Comets
Gold. Fantails
More Fantails
Gold. Oriental  
Gold Oriental II 
Gold. Spawn
Kloubec Koi Farm
Koi
Koi II

Koi III
Oranda Spawn
Plecostomus
Shubunkins

Oddballs  
Af. Butterfly
Af. Lungfish
Af. Mudskippr
American Eel
Archer Fish

Arowana
Bichirs
Borneo Suckers
Brackish I
Brackish II
Brackish III
Brackish IV
Brackish V
Michael Troung's Pix
Butterfly/Wasp
Chameleon Fish
Chromides

Chin Alg Eater
Crazy Fish
Crocodile Fish

Datnioides

Dojo
Dwarf Puffers
Electric Cat
Electric Eels

Elephant Nose
Exodon paradoxus
Flounder
Gars
 
Glassfish
Goby Bumble
Goby Butterfly
Goby Dragon
Goby Misc.
Half-Beak
Knife African
Knife Clown
Knife Ghost
Loach Botias
Loach Clown
Loach Kuhli
Loach Weather

Longear Sunfish
Moray Eel  
Peacock Gudgeons
Polypterids
Puffers

Ropefish
Scats
Siam Algae Eater
 
Spiny Eels 
Snakehead
Stingray
Stonefish
Wasp Fish
Wolffish
Wrest Half-Beak
Misc Mini-Fishes
Misc Odd
Misc Odd II
Misc Odd III
Misc Odd  IV

Misc Odd V
Misc Odd VI

Sharks  
Bala
Black
Bull
Chinese Hi-Fin Banded
Iridescent
Red-Tail
Siam Algae Eater

Pond Info 
Blank Park Zoo
Bob Humphrey's Ponds
Cattails
Maffett Reservoir
DMACC's Pond
D.M. Botanical Center
D.M. Water Works
Dr. Ervanian's Garden
Duckweed

Dwarf Lily
Ewing Park "Pond"
Jan & Chris's Water Garden
John McDonald's Pond
Hall's Four Acres
Klines' Water Garden
Landscaper Effects
Mini-Pond Pics
Pioneer Corn's Pond
Pond Fish Predators
Pond on 38th Street 
Pond Pics
Pond Plants
More Pond Plants
Pond Plants III
Reiman Ponds
River Scenes
Riverview Island
Selin's Water Gardens
Selin's Japanese Garden
Tom's Used Cars Pond
Urbandale Duck Pond
Water Hyacinth
Water Lettuce
Wild Ponds