Astronotus Ocellatus

Species Information


Native to South America: Orinoco, Amazon and La Plata River basins.

Length, 8 to 15 inches

Quite popular with aquarists but not for aquaculturists because of its slow growth. When alarmed they have a peculiar habit of assuming a close head-to-tail position and doing a sort of slow roll.

Given a large tank (50 to 100 gallons), they spawn readily. They are excellent parents.

Feeds on small fish, crayfish, worms and insect larvae.

Water, pH range: 6.0 - 8.0; dH range: 5.0 - 19.0, temperature 22 - 25°C  

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