Why are Oscars considered to be the smartest fish?

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rosekisses9153 created the topic: Why are Oscars considered to be the smartest fish?

Ok, so I am doing a speech for a class that I am taking. I have done alot of research on Oscars however I am still confused to why it is that Oscars are known to be the smartest fish? Can anyone answer that for me?
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JasonR replied the topic: Re: Why are Oscars considered to be the smartest fish?

I don't know that they are considered to be the smartest fish of all but intelligent compared to many other of the commonly kept fish. Some of the reasons are awareness of the environment outside the tank. Seeming ability to recognize people (owner). I'm having a brain freeze here so maybe others can add to this...
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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Why are Oscars considered to be the smartest fish?

ability to learn tricks, ability to remember bad experiences (such as nets) for ages, sulking about this or that, seemingly having food preferences.

Also, their most profound ability: hypnotising everyone who's around one for any short space of time into loving them unconditionally.

I guess we have to ask how serious your speech is? If you need hard, scientific evidence of smartness, you're going to be a bit hard pressed for information. On the other hand, if you want charming, funny anecdotal evidence, this is the place!
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re: Why are Oscars considered to be the smartest fish?

I wouldnt say smartest. I would say that they it in a group of personable fish. If you do a little more digging, you'll find that bigger fish are more personable to people.

I read stories about dovii, jags, midas, etc. being able to do tricks as well.
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sharyn replied the topic: Re: Why are Oscars considered to be the smartest fish?

I think the thing about them is they behave according to their moods, they interact with their keepers and other fish and we tend to see people like or dog like behaviour. Dont know if this makes them the smartest - athough they are pretty cluey - but when we see this kind of interaction we tend to relate to them better than other fish.

You can teach them tricks, although you can do that with goldfish too. You dont want to offend them or they will make you pay, they seem to forsake basic survival behaviour according to their moods - if they dont want to eat something because you have exposed them to something they like better, then they will go for weeks without eating rather than comply. They have individual personalities which they make known and always have the ability to surprise you or crack you up.
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PiCkLeFiSh replied the topic: Re: Why are Oscars considered to be the smartest fish?

The smartest fish "According to researchers" are the african cichlids or a few fish in that species.

As far as oscars go, I think any predatory fish has enough intelligence to be considered "smart" because prey fish always seem so "dumb".

I think its the Oscars ability to recognize you when you come in the room or watch what your doing. THey are inquisitive if I had to use a specific word.
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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: Why are Oscars considered to be the smartest fish?

We consider them a "smart" fish because of their ability to Recognize their owners where many fish seem not to make that bond... Also their ability to learn how you feed them like where to go and also that they can learn done tricks like stated before... And there awareness with the outside of the task also makes them seem smart.... They also hunt which is hard to do but there are larger cichlid that hunt also like dovii which are also considered a hunting fish and very smart....

Basically I feel it is their interaction with people that many other fish kept ( community fish) do not have with their owner makes its call them a smart our dog like fish

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Rocksor replied the topic: Re: Why are Oscars considered to be the smartest fish?



Credit goes to mroylands for finding this youtube video. So does this make a common goldfish as smart as an oscar? You decide.
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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: Why are Oscars considered to be the smartest fish?

That vid is too cool!!!
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DMD123 replied the topic: Re: Why are Oscars considered to be the smartest fish?

Owner recognition is a huge part of an Oscars intelligence. When I was a kid I had went on vacation and had someone feed my fish. She said she would put the food in and they would not eat. As soon as she went around the corner out of their sight, then they would eat. Of course they always ate for me.

This example is probably no the best since the two Oscars I currently raise will eat when anyone feeds them. Maybe that actually makes them smarter.... ;)
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