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Remarks: Oscars (Astronotus ocellatus) are what many consider to be tank-busters. They regularly grow to 12"+ in size and require a large amount of swimming space. Though large, they are generally peaceful compared to other cichlids near their size. They come in a variety of patterns, including Tiger, Albino, and Red.
Oscars accept a wide variety of water parameters and are fairly undemanding. They are messy eaters and require good filtration and frequent water changes. They have a long lifespan and can be quite personable with their owners, even eating from their hands after some training exercises!
Scientific Name: Astronotus ocellatus
Common Name: Oscar
Max Size: 12"
Region of Origin: South America
Captive Bred or Wild: Wild
Compatibility: Large South American cichlids, large catfish, large plecos, large tetras
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