The wild oscars are a year old…

In my possession anyway.  I got them in August 2011 as 2″ juveniles, so I suspect that they were hatched (in the wild) sometime around April 2011.  The video was shot last April (yes… I am very behind on video production).  These fish are wild caught Astronotus ocellaris from the Rio Orinoco.

This video does not do the fish justice, so I will try to shoot another clip this week.  I had six of them when the video was made, but they were very shy.  I decided to make some room in the tank by letting a friend have a couple of them.  The remaining four come out all the time.  I must have given away the bullies!

Astronotus sp. ‘Orinoco’

The community in this video is a mix of six Astronotus sp. ‘Orinoco’, four male Archocentrus multispinosa (rainbow cichlids), a male Ameca splendens and a male blue gouramie, all in a 75-gallon tank filtered by a Poret foam wall (air driven).  The aquarium was established for the oscars, which were wild-caught, that I purchased at 2″ from Tangled Up In Cichlids (Jeff Rapps) in August, 2010.  All the other fish were intended as dithers/targets for the oscars.  I will eventually will get the other fish out of there, but so far everyone is cohabiting peacefully.  In fact, the shyest fish in the tank are the oscars.  This video is what happens every morning when I turn on the lights and toss in some floating pellets.  It takes a few minutes before any of the fish venture out for breakfast, and the first to emerge is never an oscar.  As soon as one fish braves the open water, the oscars come pouring out to gather up most the food.