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Oscar Origins.  As the French web reference says, the original oscars came from the  Amazone.”  We call it the Amazon River basin (plus the Orinoco, Paraguay, and other river basins).  No one captures oscars in the wild these days (except to eat).  All the oscars on the market today come from fish farms.  Down in Florida, we waded thru a knee-deep “cement pond” full of breeding oscars.  (Don’t expect fish farmers to give you a tour if you visit.  Most don’t want you in the place at all -- especially if you carry a clipboard..  Un poco Española helps sometimes.)

Escapees.  Since oscars readily adapt to most warm waters, you can find them in the waters of some of our southern states.  Some were released by hobbyists.  Some were released by fishermen looking for a new sport fish.  Some escaped from fish farms flooded by Florida’s torrential rains.  Our Des Moines River basin gets too hard for them in the winter -- hard enough to walk on.

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Adult red oscar.  This is why you don't see normal oscars quite so often.

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Baby red oscars.  Another reason we see normal oscars so seldom.

 

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Slightly larger red oscars.

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One of the new "super reds" at two inches.  We haven't seen many adults yet.

Red Oscars.  Red Tiger oscars and Red oscars first appeared on the market at outrageous prices.  Since they have spawns approaching 1,000, their price dropped in a few years.  These quickly replaced the cheaper “normals.”  Why not?  It costs about the same to feed a bright-colored oscar as a plain oscar.

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Adult red tiger, with jewel fish friend.  Small jewels get along with oscars surprisingly well.

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Baby red tigers

Red Tiger oscars sport the “eye” (ocellatus) on their tails that gives them their Latin name.  You won’t see this eye on the reds or on the albinos.  You can sometimes spot an “eye” on an albino tiger.

Red Origins.  If you wonder where those bright red oscars came from, you need only see a stringer of wild oscars caught in Florida.  The crayfish in their diet and other outdoor factors make them beautiful fishes.  You can see where selective breeding could easily produce oscars with much more red (and they did).  Today’s Red and Red Tiger oscars now originate from concrete vats in Florida and Singapore.  You can’t seine them out of the Amazon River.

 

Red Foods.  You bring out the reds in your oscars by feeding them foods with carotene in them:

   •   Goldfish
   •   Crayfish/Crustaceans
   •   Plankton/Krill
   •   Pellets with Carotene

Non-Red Foods.  Back in the old days, people used to feed oscars Purina Trout Chow which did not bring out their colors.  Or, for color,  they would grind up beef heart, spinach, and carrots.  Then freeze it in thin slabs.  Feed your oscars minnows or plain pellets and you soon get dull-colored fishes.  Ditto if you feed them guppies or earthworms.  They love them, but none of these bring out their red color.  Limit their consumption of non-red foods.

Other Foods.  Oscars will eat any fish that will fit (or almost fit) into their mouths.  Oscars frequently swim around for hours with a semi-swallowed food fish sticking out in front of them.  Will they choke or drown?  Not likely.  In addition to fish, oscars eat nearly anything edible.  They love nightcrawlers, snails, and crayfish.

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Baby oscars at top looking for food, as usual.

Baby Foods.  Baby oscars eat live, frozen, or freeze-dried:

         Brine Shrimp
•   Blood Worms

         Tubifex and Blackworms

Baby oscars also like flies, beef heart, and other frozen foods.  As they put on some size, add guppies, white clouds, ghost shrimp, and rosy redsThey will also eat flake foods and small pellets. 

Go to Oscars Chapter 3

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

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