What goes on with a sleeping Oscar

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This is a random question but I was wondering if anyone can explain to me the "sleeping" Oscar.
I notice quite often that when I go in the room with my Oscar and turn the light on or in the morning and he is sleeping I guess, his Colors are really weird. Like the top of his head will sometimes look a little bit green and patchy and the sides of his head will be normal black and part of his orange will even be lighter. I'm just interested in how the whole sleep thing works with fish. I actually find a sleeping Oscar a little bit creepy. And he will even swim a bit and then after a few minutes its like he just snaps out of it, waking up I guess. Then looks at me like " :blink: what are you looking at" lol
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Rogue_Violetta replied the topic: What goes on with a sleeping Oscar

Maybe his dreams change his mood, therefore his colour?

Be interesting to see a video of this, actually. :)

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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:What goes on with a sleeping Oscar

I think they just go into some sort of trance
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Rogue_Violetta replied the topic: Re:What goes on with a sleeping Oscar

I like to think they dream. Makes it sound deeper too. But what would a fish dream about? Constantly tasty food? Swimming? A mix?

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face mcshooty replied the topic: What goes on with a sleeping Oscar

my understanding is that it's more like resting then sleeping with them never fully going unconscious instead they just decrease their heart rate and that causes everything to slow down metabolism brain activity etc

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Bri B replied the topic: Re:What goes on with a sleeping Oscar

I feel like Ron and Vicky dream about when I over fed them aka before I joined this forum. Boy were they doing some eating back then lol. The probably still feel like they are starving compared to back then.
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LeafsFan replied the topic: What goes on with a sleeping Oscar

My concern is that he looks kind of stressed I'm just hoping that's mormal.
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benmcfadden replied the topic: What goes on with a sleeping Oscar

Yeah I think they just chill out and slow down

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Lammergeier replied the topic: What goes on with a sleeping Oscar

I don't know much about fish sleeping. I'll see what I can dig up :P

Don't worry about the colour change Leafsfan. Totally normal. Mine looks like a bumble-bee oscar when he's sleeping (bright yellow + black stripes). He also turns really pale when he gets startled (almost lutino), and all black (except for his orange spots) when he's hungry.
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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:What goes on with a sleeping Oscar

Leaf my acara and hrp lose almost all there color when sleeping. Even the argentea get a washed out look totally normal
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