Doing Our Bit for the Oscars



The Oscar … Astronotus ocellatus is a species of fish from the cichlid family known under a variety of common names, including oscartiger oscarvelvet cichlid, or marble cichlid.[1] In South America, where the species naturally resides, A. ocellatus specimens are often found for sale as a food fish in the local markets.[2][3] The fish can also be found in other areas, including China, Australia, and the United States. It is considered a popular aquarium fish in the U.S.[4][5][6]

The Oscar’s fans are legion, and stories of this species reported intelligence and inquisitive, interactive nature abound at sites dedicated to their care…

Indeed, you’d be hard pressed to find a less popular cichlid than the Oscar. And truly I’d like to own one, if only to name him Felix. But it’s doubtful I’ll ever take the plunge with Astronotus ocellatus. He’d eat up all my goldfish for a start.  And he’d quite rapidly outgrow my 46 gallon tank. Adult Oscars can reach a foot in length, meaning they require a 70 gallon tank – at minimum. They’re also semi-aggressive and, yes, carnivorous.

So, a challenging, even demanding character with specific requirements, yet undoubtedly an interesting, intelligent and responsive pet for those with the experience, equipment and temperament to care for them.

What? You were expecting maybe something like this for OSCAR week?


Well here you are then, a veritable red carpet of fish-tanks of the rich and famous: some glass some, some crass and a few that are absolutely fabulous…

As for the stars of this post, I direct your attention to a beautifully crafted and informative site that promotes the philosophy: “Knowledge is Care.”


and remember…

Every time an Oscar is given out, an agent gets his wings.

Kathy Bates


2 thoughts on “Doing Our Bit for the Oscars

  1. Ashley Thomson

    Now, I know Oscars are found in markets in South America, but before anyone gets the crazy idea about eating their pet Oscar that has outgrown his tank!

    1. Wild Oscars taste awful!
    2. Aquarium treatments are not to be used for fish meant for human consumption.
    3. Why would you eat your pet!!

    There’s some food for thought!

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