Amazon basin and Parana. Length – up to 30 cm. the body is oval, strongly compressed from the sides. Thick soft skin seems velvety. On the brownish background scattered black spots with reddish edges. On the stem of the caudal fin expressive black eye in red edging. Fins rounded, opaque.
Bred a very beautiful red-bodied breed with almost no spots – red Oscar. Peaceful, calm fish, trustfully takes from the hands of food. Given that Astronotus big and rummaging in the ground fish, the aquarium should be between 300 to 500 liters without plants. To water undemanding, temperature-22-26 °C. Monogamous, spawn on a flat stone at a temperature of 26-28 °C. up to 2000 eggs develop 5-6 days. In the first days caviar whitish, but this does not mean that she died. The fry feed on the secretions of skin secret like a discus. As they grow, they are given micro-feeds-Artemia, Cyclops, etc. Adult fish feed on earthworms, small fish, cut beef. Water should be refreshed more often. It remains to add that the color of fry is perhaps more interesting than that of adult fish. Their black velvety body is speckled with yellowish-white streaks and dots.