New Member - Hello to all - LUTINO OSCAR VS. ALBINO OSCAR

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I've been keeping fish on and off for the last 45 years. You can pretty much name a freshwater fish and I've had it at one time or the other. I'm also a lifetime member of the ACA - American Cichlid Association. Lately I've been helping my nephew learn everything a person would want to know about Oscars and especially Oscar varieties. I've kept every legitimate variety of Oscar, except for the shortbody variety.

I've noticed on here and other sites there is a lot confusion about what is, and isn't a "Lutino" Oscar. So I'll put in my two cents, and tell you what I know. "Lutino" is a word which describes a degree of albinism. So "Lutino" oscars are albinos in some sense of the word, but not true albinos. Lutinos always show a low quantity of black and brown pigment (melanin). Usually any black and brown colorations present, are located on the fins as well as the eyes, leaving very little doubt as to their identification. The few true "Lutinos" I've seen have had dark edged fins, and dark black eyes with yellow gold highlights on the outer edge. The colour of the eyes is the true defining characteristic of albinism, which leads to a good diagnostic feature with which to distinguish true albino individuals – the colour of the eye. Red and even blue is albino. [/b]The word "Lutino" is an overused ambiguous definition used to describe an Oscar variety. Much of the time it has only served to confuse the certainty of the average fish hobbyist as to what variety of Oscar they own. All "Lutino" type Oscars have albinistic characteristics, but display easily distinguishable and definitive dark reddish brown or black fins with dark black eyes.

The word "Lutino" in all the dictionaries I've been able to find only describes the coloration, or pigmentation of birds, not fish [/color]This is just pure speculation, but the word "Lutino" could have been used by some fish dealers to market or promote fish at an earlier time in history and later became accepted, or fixed as a variety? Only a possibility though.
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OFL replied the topic: New Member - Hello to all - LUTINO OSCAR VS. ALBINO OSCAR

Welcome to our site. Thanks for the information, very helpful.

I think it gets a bit confusing for some people when they are trying to work out exactly what sort of Oscar they have got. If I was to get a pound for every time I corrected someone on what type of fish they actually had, I would probably be quite rich now :-)

True albinos are very rare here in the UK. I don't know where most of the shops get their fish from, however unless the breeder is breathing specific types of Oscar, you got to take what is available.

I may not always be right, but I am always the BOSS :-)
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Your reply prompted me to check my facts against Oscar pictures available on google. Indeed I might be persuaded to eat my words. It appears there are red-eyed Oscars displaying black fins, which in reality should be impossible for an albino. These google pictured red-eyed Oscars are the only ones I've actually viewed having definitive dark fins. For the most part all the others I've personally witnessed and owned in aquariums, have been albinos with no apparent greens, blacks, or browns. As stated before, the few Lutinos I've seen and owned were completely white except for having dark fins and dark eyes. Although the red, orange, and yellow hues were present in these individuals, they were rather muted compared to the typical true albino red & tiger Oscar.

I stand corrected! It's not as simply clear cut as I originally had thought. Quite interesting, I'll have to explore this further. That is one of things I do love about the hobby, no matter how much you know, or think you know, you're always learning something new.

Curious, wouldn't it be much easier to add pictures saved to a desktop rather than having to provide all the picture link information requested by the reply format? Just saying......
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DRACO replied the topic: New Member - Hello to all - LUTINO OSCAR VS. ALBINO OSCAR

in my place, any light color oscar with black eyes is considered lutino while light color oscar with red eyes is considered albino.
it will be a long debate for sure ... however, most petshop around used the name albino to get better price...

i am just surprised that blue eyed oscar is considered an albino... my previous grey oscar had blue eyes...
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