by TFH Magazine on August 9, 2011 at 3:30 am
By Ted Judy
Nine months ago, I decided to get a group of oscars to grow out, which was when I found out that there are not very many in stores, so I ended up buying some wild fish imported from the Orinoco River in Venezuela. They are probably Astronotus ocellatus, but they may also be an undescribed species. They have a lace-like pattern in their fins that is not seen in the tank strain A. ocellatus, and they do not have as much red (which has been developed in tank strains through selective breeding). I have six of them growing up in a 75-gallon tank. I expect to have to reduce the number eventually, and I am hoping to end up with a nice breeding pair. So far the fish are much more shy than the tank-raised oscars I have kept in the past, but they are no less intelligent. I can tell by the way they look at me.
Check out this video of the author’s oscars as they go through their morning routine, and another of them a year later. Be sure to read all about oscar’s in the September 2011 issue of TFH http://www.tfhdigital.com/tfh/201109/#pg31.