Astronotus ocellatus

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The quirky and robust Astronotus ocellatus cichlid is a South American Cichlidae that is found in the Amazon river (widely distributed). As far as I know the taxonomy of the genus is not resolved.

Care tips

  • Omnivore
  • Prefers meaty diet
  • Messy eater
  • Good filtration is mandatory
  • Ideally provide sand substrate and driftwood roots
  • They can be territorial

Astronotus ocellatus is also known by Oscar fish, Tiger oscar, Velvet cichlid and Marble cichlid. Synonym to Acara compressus, Acara hyposticta, Astronotus ocellatus zebra, and Astronotus orbiculatus.

Below you can find the Astronotus ocellatus oscars that I have kept. I have a soft spot for these cichlids. They have huge personality and recognize their care giver easily. You might also be interested in the Astronotus cf. orbicularis and Astronotus sp. 'Rio Orinoco' articles.

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