Common Tiger Oscars?

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Sorry for the lack of introduction before I jump into my first question! I've been reading up the last couple weeks on this site since I've gotten my first Oscar and I'm pretty excited to be part of the Oscar world! I got a Lutino Oscar a couple weeks ago and LOVE it! Peppy little thing too! 2 Oscars was initially the plan but since Oscars seem to be in high demand (scary thinking of those not realizing the commitment) most places were sold out. I was fine with 1 to start, but quickly realized I def wanted a second and should do the intro early on before my newbie gets big and comfy. I went to a local store instead of the chain my lutino came from, hoping to get some different genetics in the tank. They had some lutinos and one I'd never seen before (all around 2 inches). At first it looked like just a drab Oscar...pretty shy compared to the others but was at the glass with them (which was good). It was mostly super dark (almost black in the lighting) with white where the orange would typically be. Looked like a black/white cow pattern honestly. I know...a pic would've been much better, still kicking myself. I left without it bc my better half gets to pic the next Oscar and he wanted one with color. Now the thing is on my mind! The only Oscar I saw resembling this one is the common/wild type Oscar.

My question is, are these common to run into or is it likely that its just a young tiger that hasn't shown coloring yet? I'm going to assume it wasn't sick and paled out...no signs of illness.

If this is a common/wild type Oscar....does anyone have experience with behavior? Would they have more aggressive tendencies?
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DMD123 replied the topic: Common Tiger Oscars?

Likely this wild/common is just one that looks that way and is from a long line of tank bred Oscars. Usually if you were dealing with anything really wild caught it would show in the price and it would be advertised that way so that they could get top dollar. If you really wanted a true WC or F1 best place to look would be here: www.tangledupincichlids.com/stock.html
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DMD123 replied the topic: Common Tiger Oscars?

:blush: Oops, I rushed right in and forgot to say welcome to the forum. Would love to see pics of your Oscar and tank set up.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Common Tiger Oscars?

Hello and welcome to the site. Oscars will change colors over the course of maturing. I wouldnt gauge the future too much from what they look like in a pet store. Fish are stressed and under fed, likely living in poor water. To better help you with your new guy, and perhaps fend off future problems, could you tell us about your tank, filtration etc?


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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Common Tiger Oscars?

Welcome to OFL. Sounds like a tiger Oscar or red that still has the juvenile colour pattern. Black with white strips is the juvi pattern.

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Well, we will certainly be upgrading tank, etc come the new year since we'll have 2....gotta go big now since I'm in it for the long haul. So the beginner set up I have now will be set aside for emergencies. I'll be scouring this site for ideas on set ups. Right now all is peaceful with the 2 Siamese algae eaters in the tank. There's even been friendly chasing games going on---cant say I expect to see that in a few months though as Oscar gets bigger. I would post a pic but my lil guy apparently isn't a fan of my red phone case, seems to be the only thing he gets grouchy over! I have some natural wood structures in the tank and a couple of live plants which aren't spectacular, but the Oscar has already established a nook under the plants.

As for the new addition, the fact that it is normal for the common ones to be tank bred is perfectly fine for me. Just wasn't sure if that was something you see often--this was first one I'd ever seen. Soon as I started reading descriptions of common/wild Oscars (F-1's, etc) my head was spinning with too much info. I'm not really interested in getting my hands on a true wild one--but I def would like to avoid a mistake purchase if the Common ones tend to have more aggressive behavior. I figure someone would speak up if they did. It's a chance on behavior anyway but no reason not to ask first.
The girl working at the shop was a seasonal person and I could tell knew nothing about the fish---I'm not in a big town so supply and knowledge is limited, lol!

My best guess is, after reading the posts...it's a tank bred common. They were advertising it as a tiger and all the girl had to say about it was "it looks a little different is all". I tend to not judge the animal by it's "human representative". :S I guess I could very well get it home and it turn from white to orange stripes! Now that I cant put that odd looking Oscar out of my mind, I have to convince my other half (who gave into my lutino request as long as the second one was more colorful). You'll hear from me for sure if I bring this second one home!

Thanks for the info...I'm sure you'll see more from me as things get bigger and better!
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tmarie replied the topic: Re:Common Tiger Oscars?

What threw me off was the rest were same size and seemed more developed color-wise....this was a definite white/black....late bloomer perhaps!
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Common Tiger Oscars?

I have a wild caught Oscar. Wasn't sure when I got it what it was going to turn out to be, but as it grew, myself and others here have determined it to be a Bahia red tail. And yes he is more aggressive than any tank/farm raised I have had over the years. As for the Oscar you saw that was black and white, as I said in my last post it was probably a tiger as labeled and still had its juvi colour pattern which is black and white. Here's a pic of a tank of fry with some that are starting to get their colours

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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Common Tiger Oscars?

Yes they were probably late bloomers. They change at different rates.

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So...I talked myself into going back to "look" again and was sold---glad I couldn't get the fish off my mind. Funny how different lighting can make such a huge difference. Apparently the owner of the shop was there when I went look the first time--he just didn't come out to help his employee. He recognized me and told me he couldn't believe I passed that Oscar up the day before bc its got quite a look. It's a tiger....and in the light you can see a faint orange on top and yellow on its belly. Hope it keeps the yellow! Will be a stunning Oscar either way :) Even more important, the tank mates are doing great so far. Hope it keeps going well. A couple of chases here and there and an initial "pushing around" from the lutino. The newbie follows the other one around like a shadow and they've survived the first feeding together (side by side I must add). Thank you all for the ID help...the pic of the fry was impressive and made it pretty clear what I was looking at. Also good to find out I'm not brave enough to go the Wild Oscar route!
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