Oscar the Fish? Info and Facts on Oscars
Size: 5 to 18 in
Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
Temperament: only mildly aggressive
Information / Facts: Oscars of all colors and patterns are from the same species Astronotus Ocellatus. They are part of the larger Cichlid family and are available in a number of colors. They are opportunistic eaters and will eat nearly any type of flake or live food provided.
Pros: Freshwater fish in the Cichlid family are often easier to care for than other breeds, making them a great choice for those new to fishkeeping as long as you are willing to invest the time in learning about proper fish care. This breed is extremely smart; some fish owners have even been known to teach them to do tricks. Oscars also have a long lifespan; it is not uncommon to see Oscars live 15 years or more under ideal tank conditions. This long lifespan and the intelligence make them feel more like a pet than many other fish breeds.
Cons: Oscars are opportunistic eaters, and as such they are prone to overeating, which can be detrimental to their health. It is important to monitor their eating habits very carefully to avoid problems in the future. While they are less-aggressive than they are often rumored to be, it is important to provide them enough tank space to avoid overcrowding, and in turn fighting.