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Astronotus ocellatus II 



A female Astronotus ocellatus. Photo by Miguel Pais, Portugal.

Photo of the Month - November 2003 - Friedrich Hollander

Photo by Friedrich Hollander

Photo by Friedrich Hollander

The only thing I can tell you about my Astronotus ocellatus is that they have been known (and sold) by the name of Red Oscars for a long time. I like their reddish-golden look very much, although the original wild form is also a beauty.

Brief information about myself: Friedrich Holländer (everybody calls me "Friedel" - which I prefer), 52, teacher (German Gymnasium; subjects: English and French); used to have up to 5 fish-tanks with mostly African cichlids in the 1970s; restarted keeping cichlids in 1998 after a long pause; at the moment: only one fish-tank of 300 litres with: 2 Astronotus ocellatus (the remainder of originally 4, a sad story...), 1 plecostomus ..(?), and 1 geophagus steindachneri  (?) , the latter being a really oversexed "monster" that is responsible for the untimely death of his 2 females ! He is about 10cm long and a "tough guy" - but has to watch out for unexpected attacks from the real masters in the tank ! The plecostomus (about 27cm) knows very well how to defend himself and sometimes even starts quarrelling with the astronotus.

I also hope to acquire (at least) one second fish-tank, soon. My Red Oscars could do with a 500 to 600 liter tank, and my current 300 liter tank should be populated with some colourful mbuna from Africa again.
 

No secret about my photos: all of them taken with my Sony DSC-S85 (4.1 megapixels), some of them slightly zoomed in digitally; before sending them attached to my e-mail I used Adobe Photoshop 5.0 to reduce them in size, from about 80 X 60 cm to 15 X 11.25 cm (1476 X 1107 pixels). Then I increased the resolution to 250 pixels/inch and saved them as....jpeg. That's all the "trick". As some of the photos clearly reveal, it's of great importance to take the photos through a clean front pane/glass. Algae are spoil-sports ! Two of the photos I'm sending you today were taken in April this year. There were still some plants in my fish-tank then, but a couple of weeks ago I had to remove all the damaged remainders of what were once healthy plants.

My "oscars" did a "good"/ thorough job !

More photos by Friedrich Hollander in next page.

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