Backyard Aquaponics

Oscar fish
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Author:  Matija radulovic [ Jan 27th, '18, 00:36 ]
Post subject:  Oscar fish

What do you think about it.I mean we can find it in every pet shop they eat almost anything. We know how to breed them and some times they eat them but i dont know about their taste so i if anybody knows how to fillet them and some recipe

Author:  danny [ Jan 27th, '18, 02:28 ]
Post subject:  Re: Oscar fish

Have you ever tasted one? How fast do they grow?..probably not a commercial food source for a reason, but who knows, give it a try!

Author:  scotty435 [ Jan 27th, '18, 05:26 ]
Post subject:  Re: Oscar fish

They apparently taste pretty good but I haven't tried them, this is based on an old book from the 1970's on fish farming where they grew Tilapia along with Oscars to control the population. I have no idea how they were prepared :dontknow:

Author:  Brian [ Jan 27th, '18, 12:29 ]
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Slow growing I think, my brother had a couple at one stage in a 4 ft fish tank. But maybe in a larger tank they would grow quicker.

Author:  earthbound [ Jan 27th, '18, 13:25 ]
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Not if you're putting them in your flow through system o the side of a river... :roll:

Author:  Matija radulovic [ Jan 28th, '18, 02:12 ]
Post subject:  Re: Oscar fish

No i planed to put them in 500 gallon fish tank and one breeder tank of 90 gallon tank with 2 breeder pairs and and 15 oscars for eating
And i will get them from pet store.and they have a pretty good growth rate about 10 inches in a year which is about 1 and a half lb

Author:  AlejandroRodriguezP [ Jan 31st, '19, 03:09 ]
Post subject:  Re: Oscar fish

Oscar cichlids (astronatus ocellatus) are really hardy fish, they don't grow slow at all, very similar to a tilapia.
You can be expecting a 1-1.5" growth rate per month while they reach the first 8-10 inches. and they will usually max out at around 12-14 inches. They have nice firm white flesh and its an average fish as far as meat taste/quality. In many parts of South America, this type of cichlids is very commonly found in markets as a food staple for many communities. You shouldn't run into many problems as they should have close to the same requirements as tilapias (most cichlids do). If you really think about it you can have piranhas in a huge shoal and they would do just as well if not better than tilapia because of the nature of a true schooling fish and they are also very good for eating. have you thought about maybe a few pacu?

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