Night of the Oscars
by: Nathan Hill
For many in the hobby it’s the ‘coming of age’ fish that signifies devotion and enthusiasm. For others it’s the nightmare that eats everything in their community tank and then demands a bigger home!
However you view them, Oscars are amazing. With almost canine-like recognition of their owners, the brass to tackle a hand invading their aquarium and usually an eye on their own interior design, these are classic character fish that everyone with the appropriate facilities should dabble with at least once.
They’re surprisingly hardy, which helps explain their popularity, and, compared to some other big fish, they’re more reserved in overall size. In a small tank, this fish will soon outgrow and cost you more money — but it won’t do so as might a Pacu!
Oscars are South American and comprise two species. The common Oscar is Astronotus ocellatus, but there’s also the rarely seen Astronotus crassipinnis, a slightly smaller, darker fish. Given their trade scarcity, you could be waiting a long time if you want one.
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