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hey i have a black and orangish-yellow colored oscar that i bought from walmart a little over 2 months ago and he/she is about 3 inches. i was just wondering how long it will be until he gets his red color. and if i can start feeding him live minnows. He is in a 55 gallon aquarium with a 4-5 inch silver koi
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DMD123 replied the topic: Color and feeding

Welcome to the forum.

The 55 gallon is absolute bare minimum for your oscar alone and the koi has different requirements so.... you really should rehome the koi.

The fish should not be fed live foods because of the chance of spreading disease and parasites. (Exception would be insects like crickets and earthworms from a clean source) Stick to a high quality pellet and his colors will come in.
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thanks dmd when i got my grandads tank back from my aunt she had the koi and said i had to keep but its been in the tank with the oscar for 2 months and there both happy and healthy.
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DMD123 replied the topic: Color and feeding

yeah it works for now but long term you need to do something different. Koi can live and thrive outdoors, might consider a small outdoor pond or container. The Oscar will need that whole 55 gallons to himself with lots of water changes to stay healthy and happy.
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ok thanks i will
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DMD123 replied the topic: Color and feeding

Your 'little' Oscar will put on size in no time. It can put on up to an inch in growth per month so he will need all that space soon.

Got any pics of your little guy? Would love to see them.
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Jamal replied the topic: Color and feeding

ill put some up tonight im in school right now
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Hey this is the pic or rex sorry it's late and sorry for the low water level in the middle of a water change when I took the pic
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Don't feed your oscar minnows or feeder fish. Some people do but they are almost guaranteeing that their oscar gets sick. Feeder fish are often raised in poor conditions and carry parasites and other pathogens that will get passed on to your oscar if eaten. They also offer nearly no nutritional value compared to other live foods. With feeder fish it's like a game of russian roulette and sooner or later your oscar will lose.

Other live foods are a great choice for your oscar. Earthworms, crickets and mealworms from your local fish store are nutritious and insects are good for digestion. Grasshoppers and other insects would also be good but you have to keep pesticides in mind. Recently, a member lost several oscars and it was suspected that pesticides were the cause.
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