invalid/outdated synonyms: Lobotes ocellatus, Cychla rubroocellata, Acara compressus, Acara hyposticta, Astronotus ocellatus zebra, and Astronotus orbiculatus)
Varieties we offer from time to time: Veil Tail, Tiger, Albino, Red, & Black
Care Level: Easy
Origin: South America
Max Size: 12″ in home aquaria
Life Span: Up to 18 yrs
General Temperament: Aggressive
Minimum Tank Size: 55 Gallon
Family: South American Cichlids
Ideal Tank Mates: Jack Dempseys, Large Plecos, Pacu/Piranha
Schooling! It’s best to keep only 1 or 5+. Anything in between can lead to ganging up one.
Temp: 76°F-82°F (24°C-28°C)
Oscar Fish Breeding:
Ideal Temp: Warmer 82°F (28°C)
Gender Differences: Males colors are brighter.
Other Notes: Clean water conditions are very important
When young, Oscars can grow at the impressive rate of up to 1+ inches per month. Don’t be fooled by their small purchase size and get a small tank thinking you will have time to upgrade later; this is a common mistake. Oscars are all the same species (Astronotus ocellatus), however, there are several color varieties and forms available. The most common varities are those Oscars we normally see at most fish stores are Tiger Oscars, Red Oscars, and Common Oscars.
In South America, where the species naturally resides, A. ocellatus specimens are often found for sale as a food fish in the local markets. The fish can also be found in other areas, including China, Australia, and the United States. Although its slow growth limits its potential for aquaculture, it is considered a popular aquarium fish.