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Astronotus ocellatus




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From: Kim
My boyfriend bought two red oscars because he wanted a hardier and bigger fish. We both had no knowledge about these fish except for their aggression due to a demonstration with a feeder fish. After spending some time with these fish we were very aware that these were not your every day pet fish. They are energetic, friendly, and act like a cat or dog when we come home from work. My boyfriend has trained them to jump up and take food from his hand. We have just recently learned that pellet food is better for their color and helps them maintain a more relaxed nature. I have since then bought a small tiger oscar that I will hopefully be able to eventually place with the two red oscars. Definitely a recommended fish!

From: JoeDaFish
My oscar is about a year old and is about 9 inches long. He is in with other big fish like a 8 inch Red devil,a 7 inch jade goby, 4 7 inch tin foil barbs, a 6 inch black shark,a 6 inch synodontis euruptis catfish, a 7 inch tiger botia ,a 5 inch jack dempsey, and a 3 inch convict. All these fish get along in a 55 gallon tank. He eats xlarge cichlid pellets and dead minnows.

From: Mike
Oscars Rock!!!!!
I have 2 oscars, one tiger and one albino. They now live with a Tinfoil Barb, Bala Shark and a Pleco. If I had listened to all the stories about how aggressive and down right mean Oscars are supposed to be, I would never have never bought one, let alone 2. I have never seen a more social and playful fish. The same way a dog greets you when you get home I get the "I'm so happy I could pee dance" from the pair of them. The only time I have ever seen any aggressive behavior out of them is when I toss some Neon Tetras in the tank (for a snack). Under those circumstances my albino oscar has been known to eat 2 at a time :). Great fun for the whole family!!!!!!!

From: mingbin
They're great fish, take almost anything that fits in it's mouth. Mine is peaceful but did attack my feeder goldfish that I kept before I got him. My feeder tuffy disappeared overnight but he's doing okay with my channel catfish.

From: Joe
I've had Oscars for a few years and I feel that they are not aggressive for their size, although they will eat a very small fish when they are hungry. As for their care, I have had to do water changes every week. They make a lot of waste but they are by far the best type of fish I've ever had

From: Rebecca
I got an oscar today and put him in my tank. He is about 2 to 3 inches long. I also have some fantails and swordtails in the tank. The man at the petshop said he would be fine with the small fish until he got big enough to eat them then we would have to separate them. I put a couple of new fantails in there today and he chased them like he hadn't eaten in 6 months. I will never get another Oscar and he will be returned to the pet shop asap.

From: Bryan
I have these fish. They are smart. It turns out. You must provide them with lots of space. My mistake is that I have a 10 gallon tank for my 4 oscars and one pleco. They are still small I will be getting them a 100 gallon tank soon.. Very soon. PS If you train them small they will get trained to accept tank mates as long they are the same size with the other fish. A friend even have his oscar with a goldfish since they grew up together.

From: David
Oscars are excellent fish. Every oscar has a very unique personality. Mine are not very aggressive and accept other fish well.

From: Kevin
My brother first introduced me and ever since I have been in love with the Oscar but it is a lot of experimentation to know how many u can keep in 1 aquarium I have 2 right now in a 10 gal and they do just fine my bro is going to take the bigger one when he sets up his 135 gal tank.

From: Greg
The oscar is one of the most amazing fish ever. It's calm, and if you raise it with other fish when its little it will grow to know other fish







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