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OscarFeature Species Profile - The Oscar originates from the Amazon River basin in Peru, Colombia, Brazil and French Guiana. It is also known as the velvet cichlid and the marble cichlid. The Latin name Astronotus means ray back, while ocellatus refers to the eyespot on the base of the tail. Oscars have been bred into a variety of colors including albino, red, tiger and black. They also have been bred into a long fin variety. Oscars are narrow in width with an oval shape, a large mouth and a protruding jaw. Oscars are very hardy and they grow quite quickly when young. They are slow moving, but are capable of swimming rapidly. Despite their large size and compatibility problems, discussed below, Oscars are a very popular aquarium fish. They demonstrate intelligence and personality to their owners that make them a favorite. They will recognize their owner and can be fed from the hand.... more

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