Lemon Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus) CareSheet

The Lemon Oscar is a deliberately bred variant of the famous Oscar with brilliant yellow and gold color, as its name indicates. Oscars are a huge, predatory fish that demand large aquariums and should be housed with tankmates of equal size. Although Oscars have a reputation for hostility, they are rather docile for a giant cichlid and can thrive in a mixed community of huge fish if given enough tank room. As they develop, feeding them a diverse diet of high-quality prepared and frozen meals can help them maintain their finest colors.

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Origin: Aquacultured Asia
Diet: Omnivore and predator, will eat any fish small enough to fit in its mouth
Adult Size: 12"
Recommended Tank Size: 90 Gallon
Compatibility: Aggressive, especially toward other cichlids, but can be kept in a mixed cichlid community
Preferred Water Parameters
pH: 6.0 - 7.5
Temp: 78-84F
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 30ppm