Oscar Fish Advice Forum: Red Zebra babies..

Tiger Oscars are a color variety of the Oscar Cichlid (Astronotus Ocellatus). Actual origins of the Tiger Oscar remain somewhat of a mystery with some information that suggests they were based from a naturally occurring color variety originally (incorrectly) classified (in 1904) as a separate species (Astronotus Ocellatus Zebra), a classification which is now obsolete. We know now, through additional DNA studies from 1986, that fish originally identified as Astronotus Ocellatus Zebra are actually Astronotus Crassipinnis (the second Oscar species). There is no viable evidence that these fish have any relation to the origins of the Tiger Oscar.

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Symp4thydevil wrote: I have a 350 litre tank, currently home to 2 Zebra Tilapia (7 - 8"). I am picking up a couple of Oscars (11") next week to go into the same tank but think that it is too small for all 4 fish and am also concerned about compatability. I do have room for the Tilapia elsewhere. Can anyone please confirm my suspicions?

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Are either zebra plecos or Red tailed catfish good tankmates for an oscar Interestingly enough, the Oscar was described as in 1829-1831 by Baron de Cuvier. The original description appears in the publication by Spix and Agassiz, 129 Pl. 6. is in fact a salt-water genus, and it was described that the Oscar as occurring "at Ocean, off Brazil". In the early 1800's, it wasn't uncommon that fish were collected, and taken to ichthyologists, sometimes hundreds of miles away. They relied on being told where the fish were collected, and sometimes the information wasn't exactly accurate. The scientific description evolved as follows; Cuvier, 1831, Jardine, 1843, Cope, 1872, Cope, 1878, var. zebra Pellegrin, 1904, Haseman, 1911 and finally to . means being marked with a star on the back, and bearing an "eye spot" marking. Plenty has been written on the possible function of these markings, but no acceptable conclusions have been drawn, and it hasn't been demonstrated that these markings have any function at all.

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Necromancer4 wrote:

PAUL wrote: so
i tried their aggressiveness with the knife fish and oscar...BOOOM! gone in a second...

so you fed your aggressive zebras to your oscar and knife fish?????

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The Zebra Oscar requires a large aquarium of at least 70 gallons with a deep sand bottom and a few large rocks. They will dig up plants; so any that are in the tank should be potted with the root surfaces covered with rocks. Using floating plants is a good compromise to this problem. Tiny Oscars form a tight cluster for protection and this is normal behavior for juvenile fish. Large Oscars are not as territorial as most other cichlids when full grown but will consume anything they can fit into their mouths.The Zebra Oscar requires a large aquarium of at least 70 gallons with a deep sand bottom and a few large rocks. They will dig up plants; so any that are in the tank should be potted with the root surfaces covered with rocks. Using floating plants is a good compromise to this problem. Tiny Oscars form a tight cluster for protection and this is normal behavior for juvenile fish. Large Oscars are not as territorial as most other cichlids when full grown but will consume anything they can fit into their mouths.