Bumblebee Oscar – Tank Raised (Astronotus crassipinnis)


A much more rarely seen relative of the well-known Common Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), the Bumblebee Oscar is known primarily from certain river systems in Southern Brazil, Bolivia, and possibly Paraguay. It can be distinguished from the wild form of its close cousin by the distinct yellow-black patterning as well as lacking the characteristic eye spots or ocellae found on the dorsal fin of all wild forms of Common Oscar. Like its close relative, the Bumblebee Oscar is a large growing and predatory fish that requires a large aquariums, but it will typically reach a slightly smaller adult size at only 9-10”. Although Oscars have earned a reputation for aggression in the hobby, they are fairly peaceful for a large cichlid and if given ample tankspace will do well in a mixed community of similarly sized fish. Feeding a varied diet of high quality prepared and frozen foods will help ensure their best colors as they grow.



Bumblebee Oscar – Tank Raised (Astronotus crassipinnis)

Origin: Aquacultured Asia
Diet: Omnivore and predator. Will accept almost any food offered in the aquarium
Adult Size: 10″
Recommended Tank Size: 90 Gallon
Compatibility: Moderately aggressive, especially towards other cichlids. Will eat any fish that can fit in their large mouths

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.2 – 7.2
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm