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Oscar Origins. As the
French web reference says, the original oscars came from the
We call it the Amazon River basin (plus the Orinoco, Paraguay, and other
river basins). No one captures
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.
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.
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.
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.
You bring out the reds in your oscars by feeding them foods 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.
Baby Foods. Baby oscars eat live, frozen, or freeze-dried:
• Tubifex and Blackworms
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