Oscar Cichlid Fish (also known as Velvet Cichlids) are not the easiest fish to care for, so we only recommend them to aquarists who have a bit of experience under their belts. Some Cichlids can become aggressive and the Oscar Fish is no exception so it’s recommended that they are kept in a tank of their own.
Oscars grow astonishingly fast, so it’s important that you understand what you are getting yourself into when you pick them up from the pet store or a Cichlid breeder. Oscar fish babies are as small as any other tropical fish when they are young (1 to 2 inches) but under the right conditions, they can grow at a rate of 1 inch per month, to a fully-grown size of around 10 – 12 inches.
Things to know about the oscar cichlid
Oscars are notoriously messy fish and require a lot more maintenance than most other species. Oscars produce a lot of waste so frequent water changes are a given necessity, but the smaller the tank that you house them in, the more frequently you will have to clean them and check the water parameters.
Oscars are very liberal when it comes to their diet. They will eat almost anything that you put inside their tank. Because of this and also because of their size, it’s crucial that you understand their nutritional needs fully and it’s up to you to make sure that they are met. A balanced diet is always recommended.
Oscars are certainly some of the most personality driven fish in the hobby, and can actually have so much personality that their territory may extend beyond the tank. They will investigate any goings on in the room and can bond with their owners on a level that the smaller cichlids don’t. They can be taught to roll over for food and can even learn to enjoy being petted.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT FEEDING AQUARIUM FISH
In nature, fish eat whenever they are hungry and the food is available. If food sources are plentiful, they will eat several times a day. On the other hand, if food sources are scarce, they might go for days between meals. For this reason, fish are very opportunistic and will eat whenever they have a chance.
Regardless of one or two feedings, the key is to keep each feeding very small. Do Not overfeed your fish. Whenever in doubt, the best practice is to underfeed your fish. There are a lot of health concerns related to overfeeding your fish.
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