Red Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), Tank-Bred
Red Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), Tank-Bred
Red Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), Tank-Bred
Red Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), Tank-Bred
Red Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), Tank-Bred
Red Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), Tank-Bred
Red Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), Tank-Bred
Red Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), Tank-Bred
Red Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), Tank-Bred

Red Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), Tank-Bred

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The Red Oscar is a well-known, mostly red-orange (rather than marbled) variant of the wild coloration form of its species!

The Red Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), also known as the Marble Cichlid or Velvet Cichlid, is a large South American cichlid species that needs little to no introduction. It is one of the most popular and beloved fish in the entire aquarium hobby, and with good reason. It has beautiful markings, is extremely hardy and unfussy in every way, and is easily a centerpiece fish in any large aquarium. It grows to a substantial, but manageable size and is one of the most interactive fish when it comes to paying attention to its keeper.

The Red Oscar will thrive in a large aquarium with a sand or gravel substrate and sturdy decor as well as plenty of open swimming space. It does consume some plant matter, so artificial plants are a better choice for decor than live plants (if plants are used at all). Like many cichlids, this species is known to sometimes rearrange decor to its liking, so it is necessary to avoid "avalanches" of decorative stones and driftwood. The Red Oscar is considerably less aggressive than most other medium and large cichlids, but it does have a voracious appetite and will eat any fish or invertebrate that will fit (or nearly fit) in its mouth. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning. Due to the eventual adult size of the Red Oscar, it should not be kept with ornamental invertebrates. If spawning is desired, tankmates of other species should be avoided altogether. It should also be noted that the Red Oscar is typically most peaceful with tankmates when it is grown up with them from juvenile age rather than introduced as an adult. Powerful filtration and regular water changes are necessarry for this large species. This fish grows to an impressive size rather quickly, so a large aquarium is necessary at an early stage, even when starting with a juvenile.

Feeding is simple for the unfussy Red Oscar. High-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods will all be readily accepted, but some vegetable matter is also necessary and can easily be provided in the form of spirulina-rich dry foods. Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration. Meat from mammals (such as beefheart) or birds is extremely unhealthy for Oscars and most other fish and should never make up part of the diet.


What We Like About This Fish:

  • Beautiful coloration
  • Very hardy with plenty of personality
  • Possible to breed in the aquarium
  • Classic ornamental species
  • Potential to be a "centerpiece" fish


  • Temperature:  68° - 82.4° F (20° - 28° C)
  • pH:  6.0 - 7.5
  • KH:  5 - 20 KH
  • Minimum tank size:  75+ gallons for 1 full-grown adult, 100+ gallons for multiple adults


  • Diet:  Omnivorous. A variety of high-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods is necessary for optimal health and coloration. Vegetable matter (blanched spinach, shelled peas, spirulina) is also necessary.
  • Social behavior:  Congregates loosely in groups as a juvenile. Both males and females can be territorial during spawning.
  • Origin:  Tank-bred, but indigenous throughout South America
  • Average adult size:  10 - 14 inches (25 - 35 cm)
  • Average purchase size:  2 - 3 inches (2.5 - 7.6 cm)


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For the safety of our animals, we only ship live fish, crabs, and select other inverts exclusively via UPS 1 Day Air.  If your order contains this item, you will only see UPS 1 Day Air as a shipping option during checkout. If other items are in your cart that can ship with  2 day or standard shipping options the only shipping method you can still select is UPS 1 Day Air. 

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Shipping Schedule for this service

UPS 1 Day: Monday through Thursday

Current Handling Time:

1-9 business days

Here at Aquatic Arts, we consider the welfare of the live animals we are shipping to be of the foremost importance. This process is much more involved than simply creating a shipping label and affixing it to a box. Depending on the order, it takes from 4 to 7 people to complete this process properly. We check the weather conditions here where they fly out of the Indianapolis UPS facility and the destination for each shipment. We start early each morning and go through a multi-step process to have the day's shipments prepared in time for the UPS pickup. The volume of orders in our system also affects the processing time. Therefore our stated handling time is 1-9 business days. 

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