Astronotus ocellatus

Description: May reach a size of 14 inches. There are many different color variations.

Range: Found in Peru, Colombia, Brazil, and French Guiana and occurs in the Amazon River basin. Oscars may also be found in in China, Australia, and the state of Florida due to the pet trade.

Habitat: Occurs in slow moving white-water habitats, and has been observed sheltering under submerged branches.

Wild: In the wild, these fish can and will eat almost anything that falls into the water including insects, worms, small fish, and crayfish
Zoo: In captivity, the Oscar may eat prepared fish food designed for large carnivorous fish, crayfish, worms, and insects such as flies or grasshoppers.

Reproduction: Oscars are substrate spawners, and may lay 200 to 2000 eggs at a time. The parents will defend and raise their young.

Fun Fact:  An Oscar can live as long as a dog, sometimes longer! The oldest recorded age of an Oscar was 21 years.