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I purchased my first oscar(a beautiful red tiger) about 2 weeks ago, and so far I love it, but I do have a question regarding color changes. I understand that it's upset/stressed when it goes pale, and that when it's happy, it's colors tend to darken, but when it's feeding time, he turns green, particularly around the mouth and gills. What's with the green or is that a natural color for him, and it's just apparent when he's happy/hungry?

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OFL replied the topic: Re:new to forum, new to oscars

Welcome to the forum.

You have a lovely fish by the way. He obviously has a lot of colour pigmentation that is changing different colours. Couldn't honestly tell you about the colours. I know they change colours for certain reasons, just like a lot of animals and nature. However, whether they change colours for different types of reasons, that's a difficult one. I think you would have had to have someone who has researched them in all the different situations for a long time to answer that question for you

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From my experience the albino or white oscars dont really change colour. When my tiger oscar changes colour it isnt his red stripes that change colour but the base black/grey colour that changes(mostly the grey). I think when they are happy they have a darker colour. When something happens he dont like he will lighten up. Examples are, if i am trying to catch him to move him, when i have moved him to a new tank, when he has been getting a little aggressive with another oscar

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big_hoovie replied the topic: Re:new to forum, new to oscars

I've encountered much the same, but like I said, he gets this greenish tinge to him, which I thought was strange. It's typically around feeding time...perhaps my oscar is a bit on the unique side :)
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My red Oscars change colour occasionally. The red doesn't change so much at the moment, they do have some dark pigmentation that gets a lot darker. The clown loaches are unbelievable. You've never seen fish change colour as much as these do. Clown loaches are normally yellow with black stripes, I've seen my loaches turn almost black on occasions.

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dinger454 replied the topic: Re:new to forum, new to oscars

Ive never really noticed Oscars change colour other than the gradual change in the markings as they grow. If your Oscar does this at feeding time is it because they are coming up to the top of the tank and the light makes it appear a different colour. I have a copper coloured Betta and when he's in the light depending what angle he ranges from purple to turquoise through to purple.Light can have a real influence on the colours of fish scales. By the way i found that if you feed river shrimps and meal worms to Oscars regularly over a few months it really richens up the red and orange colour. I have a salt water lagoon near me and used to get the shrimps by the bucket full unfortunately there are none there any more because they have allowed the lagoon to be polluted.
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The color change does typically take place at meal times, but also seems to be when he is hungry as well, and does not seem to be light dependent - it doesn't matter if he is in the front or back, top or bottom, the green shows up, and always in the same place - although as of late, it does seem to be spreading.

As far as food goes, he gets Hikari Gold mini pellets for his first meal, and midday, and the evening meal is frozen bloodworms. I think that the bloodworms have the effect of helping his growth as well as color - I could swear that he's grown an inch since my first post :unsure: :laugh:
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Oscars grow at an alarming rate. However, not an inch in a week. Definitely an inch a month, that would be in the first few months and then they slowdown

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