30th Oct 2009
One of the most popular home aquarium inhabitants, the Oscar fish is among the fairly large kinds in the species of cichlids reaching lengths between 12 to 16 inches. It is a South American Cichlid and is also referred to as Velvet cichlid, Peacock cichlid or Walnut cichlid. The most common variants of Oscars among aquarists are the Veil-tailed, Blueberry or Strawberry, Albino and Lutino, Tiger Oscar, Green Oscar and the Red Oscar. Oscars are beautiful living creatures but there is so much to know about these fishes and one should learn a bit about them before planning to own one.
The popularity of Oscars stems from their personality. Known to be intelligent fishes, it is considered an all-time favourite among aquarium hobbyists. Their ‘intelligence’ is mostly observed by how these fishes could recognize their owners. The Oscar fish demonstrates an ability to respond to people, not many fish possess such capability. What’s funny is, they can even play dead at the bottom of the tank to trick smaller fishes to come closer and eat them. Pretty smart eh? Like most territorial fishes, the Oscars have a reputation of being aggressive at times.
Those who intend to buy Oscars are those who plan to bring home an addition to the family. These fishes happen to possess ‘dog-like-personalities’. Oscars love to be touched and rubbed. They’re very fun to have as they can be taught to do little tricks to get their food. These fishes are voracious eaters by the way, which explains why they are willing to charm people and get to feed them. They too can have their moods… can be spoiled or sensitive, and demanding at times. They behave very much like a part of your family.
Oscars normally cost about $4.99 to $6.99. In looking for the best Oscar fish to take home, it is always advised to go a reputable fish store. Sure you would find a lot of pet stores that sells Oscars as well. But remember, anybody can put up a fish store. If the places you buy your fishes from do not have the expertise on the kind of fish you want, there is a great chance for you bringing home a diseased fish.
Buying Oscars online is possible too. But doing a little research about the place you intend to make your purchase is always a wise move to make sure you get yourself a healthy Oscar fish for your tank. Among the Online pet stores/fish stores that guarantees you quality fishes are:
That Fish Place/That Pet Place – claims to be the original aquatic and pet supply superstore, run by animal lovers, trained professionals and experts for over 30 years in the industry. Look it up at www.thatpetplace.com.
Fish Factory – ensures you the healthiest livestock available from their 7,000 square feet of freshwater and tropical fishes. Learn more about them at www.fishfactory.us.
Beyond the Reef – supplying quality fish and corals and equipments for reasonable prices. You can check out different Oscar fishes and get in touch with them at www.beyondthereefinc.com.
You might also wanna try Petco (www.petco.com), East Coast Aquatics (www.eastcoastaquatics.com), Pet Smart (www.petsmart.com) and many others who provide information about their facilities and staff to be sure they have only the quality fishes. The Oscar is one fish with a great personality! Its size and beauty commands attention. Oscars can be quite a showpiece, it’s sure worth to own one!