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What does oscar fish eat? Look at these foods

Oscar fish
Oscar Fish

The question that arises when we want to raise oscar fish is What does oscar fish eat? This fish is one of several choices of animals that can be kept and of course has a pretty good economic side. When it comes to fish, the type of ornamental fish that can bring in profits is the Oscar fish.

Species Astronotus ocellatus

This ornamental fish originating from the South American continent has several names, such as peacock cichlid fish, Oscar tiger fish, walnut cichlid fish, marble cichlid fish, or velvet cichlid.

In fact, this fish is commonly found in the Amazon river, but it is not uncommon to find it in mainland China and Australia. In Latin, it is called Astronotus ocellatus which is a fish from the superclass Pisces.

But this fish also belongs to the Osteichthyes class because the bone structure is true bone. It has ctenoid-type scales and moves using small fins.

Since ancient times, this freshwater fish has been the most commonly kept fish in aquariums for reasons of easy maintenance and cheap food.

If you still don’t understand about this ornamental fish then you can imagine it like tilapia. The body of this fish is almost similar to tilapia, but it is a type of fish that eats meat or is carnivorous

In order for Oscar ornamental fish to grow fast, what must be considered is the provision of food. Fish with regular food patterns and the right food will make it grow faster.

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The average length of the body of the Oscar fish can reach 30 cm. As an omnivorous animal, this Oscar fish food consists of small fish, mollusks, invertebrates, fruits, and vegetables. When they are big enough, Oscar fish tend to be carnivorous.

 These fish will prefer to prey on :

  • shrimp
  • worms
  • crickets
  • grasshoppers
  • flies
  • Mussels
  • Plankton
  • insects. 

One more interesting thing is that this fish prefers food that is still alive because of its predatory nature. Giving food that is still alive on a regular basis will also maintain its appetite.

In order for Oscar’s food to be eaten quickly, it must be cut into small pieces. For distraction, you can also provide fish pellets.

The most important thing for you to pay attention to is feeding him on time. Because if they forget to feed them, they can turn into cannibals, or eat each other.

Cultivating Oscar fish is a promising business opportunity for you to do. Apart from being very easy to cultivate, you will have another benefit, namely preventing the extinction of these fish.

If you feel interested in cultivating this ornamental fish then do as we explained above.

Because besides being beautiful to look at, they will also provide a fairly high economic side if you cultivate them.

Nooru Ariyoushi

Nooru Ariyoushi

Nooruariyoushi has been a fish hobbyist for 20 years and is now a blog writer sharing information about fish and how to care for them.


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