06-16-2008, 11:03 PM
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What I know...
They require a minimum of 75G with heavy filtration. Some say 55G, but how could a 14"+ fish turn around in a 12" tank?
The reason for the bare tanks is probably because Oscars will re-arrange whatever they want to in a tank. This means uprooting plants, pushing rocks/decorations over, etc. If you do add anything to the tank, make sure it is heavy enough so the Oscar wont move it.
The age is true. From what I have heard, Oscars can live up to 15-20 years if kept in the right home under right condtions.