Oscars are a popular species of South American Cichlid. They are colorful, but they are a messy fish and they get large. In this article, we are going to go over how to care for oscars properly.

They need a minimum tank size of 120 gallons (48 inches by 24 inches by 24 inches) because they are a very messy fish and they get large. They are tropical fish, so they need a heater and a thermometer. Oscars should be kept around 74 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal temperature for Oscars is 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

They also need to have good water quality to avoid health issues. They need weekly partial water changes and good filtration. I would recommend a canister filter. Remember to get a filter rated for a larger capacity than the tank, because tank size ratings on filters are usually inaccurate.

Oscar Cichlids are primarily carnivorous. Oscars need either high quality pellet food, or frozen food. Stay away from feeding live food such as goldfish because they are unhealthy for the oscar and they can carry diseases such as parasites. Don't overfeed because that can cause poor water quality. Only feed once a day since Oscars are messy fish.

Oscars need hiding places to feel comfortable. Don't use anything sharp that could injure the fish. They can be housed with other large south or central american cichlids that aren't too aggressive. They also can be housed with Pacu, but they need a very large tank.

if you have any questions, feel free to ask on the discussion thread!