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Oscar
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
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Genus:
Astronotus
Species:
A. ocellatus
Binomial name
Astronotus ocellatus
Agassiz, 1831

Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus) is a species of fish from the cichlid family. Oscars have many common names. Some of these names are oscar, tiger oscar, velvet cichlid, and marble cichlid. The scientific name for the oscar species is A. ocellatus. Oscars can grow up to 16 inches (40cm) long and weigh over 3 pounds (1.5kg). The Oscar fish is a smart species of fish. Oscars are popular as aquarium fish. Oscars are also very aggressive.

Description

The Oscar is a large predatory fish at grows to a reasonable size. Their bodies are colorful and dark colors mixed with bright colors.

Behavior

The Oscar is an aggressive predator from the Amazon River. Oscars create territories and attack other fish that come into their territory.

Feeding

Captive oscars may be fed prepared fish food designed for large carnivorous fish. They can also eat crayfish, worms, and insects.

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