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ernie replied the topic: Re:Re:Oscar Fish Growth Rate

Bri B wrote: This place is Oscar keeper paradise. These guys like poseidon Ernie Suprd and OFL(the godfather of the site) are serious fish keepers with decades of experience. OFL is priceless. And hey get us more pics haha that little guy is a superstar for sure

Thanks for the compliment Bri but I am not quite in the league of the others you mentioned. Will agree OFL is a great information centre all you have to do is ask.
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Phillipw311 replied the topic: Re:Oscar Fish Growth Rate

That's awesome!! I am super glad to hear you all think he looks as killer as I do!!! Haha I'm excited to hear that. With that being said though, do you think he's got a very unique pattern or do most babies look like that?? I honestly don't know.. I've seen VERY few batches like him, but most of the ones I have seen are more so one solid black color based with very small amounts of orange compared to mine. Give me just a few and I will post 2 more pictures I just took about 5 minutes ago. I have to log into photo bucket really fast and upload them. Then I will share!!
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Bri B replied the topic: Re:Oscar Fish Growth Rate

Awesome and yes he looks very unique compared to baby O's I have seen.
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Phillipw311 replied the topic: Re:Oscar Fish Growth Rate

That is great news to me!!! I am glad to hear he is different than most and sticks out compared to others, in a good way of course!!! Here's a few more pics for you guys! These are both from tonight within the past 30 minutes or so. Here you can see just how different his color spectrum will go. I made him pop his colors and go really dark. I put my phone up to take a picture and he went dark thinking it was food time... Needless to say I was soon guilted into another pellet for getting his hopes up.. Haha! But I didn't give him quite enough time to fully change color. That's why his head appears lighter than the first picture I originally posted. The other picture you will see just how pale he can go. He literally turns LIGHT gray that's a borderline off white shade where he's usually a medium brown to dark brown (dark being original picture). If I can get the right shot I will post a 4th photo of him kind of in a neutral more middle based color where he's a medium shade of brown. All these to show are the polar opposites, but if he's feeling photogenic tonight I'll catch him off guard and get a good one. Haha! Also, as a side note I'd like to apologize for the vertical lines running across the pictures... I have a 48" Current USA Satellite Freshwater Aquarium LED light bar, which is awesome but, my iPhone camera does not like it.. Obviously... Haha it only runs vertical lines if it's dark in here and it is right now.. But nonetheless here you are!!!



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Bri B replied the topic: Re:Oscar Fish Growth Rate

Very pretty
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Phillipw311 replied the topic: Re:Oscar Fish Growth Rate

Also, I know I went on a spree at the beginning of this post about how spotless my tank is and it looks nasty, but please do NOT judge... That's the side closest to my recliner where he is fed and he only eats in this like 6" radius corner so there's a decent amount of debris in this corner after a few days but the rest of the tank is spotless. That's the one downfall to sand is it all shows. If it sinks to the bottom you see it. Obviously. haha I forgot to say please don't judge and justify why it looks nasty..
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DRACO replied the topic: Re:Oscar Fish Growth Rate

nah.... there is no such nasty tank... people may opt differently on how to keep their tank
but we must agree about the water quality.... and yes, i agree that you have a superb looking fish there.
however, if you are thinking the color will remain like that forever, no way.... oscar keep showing what they are as they grow bigger...

you only need a pristine water and varied food to attain their true color... and of course... proper tank size LOL!
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robham7770 replied the topic: Re:Oscar Fish Growth Rate

Very nice looking fish! From your original post you seem to have everything going in your favor to have a good experience with your oscar. Careful with the feeding though, if the fish is not eating all the food then you may be over doing it.
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Phillipw311 replied the topic: Re:Oscar Fish Growth Rate

Thanks for all of the positive feedback guys! Means more to me than you all know. Draco, yeah I expected him to totally change with growth which is almost disappointing... But I still cant wait for him to get big! It's just a shame that his pretty colors won't look as pretty when he's bigger and matured. And yeah Rob I will definitely keep an eye out for overfeeding. I definitely don't want to do that. Can't have a sick baby! What's everybody's thoughts on feeding live fish to Oscars....? I know that's probably going to depend on who I ask, but I am too scared to do it. Even as an occasional treat. Even if I quarantined the feeder fish I'd still be way too skeptical about it. It's not that I see that it's cruel, because in their natural habitat, that would be a portion of their diet. A pretty large portion at that. But in my mind I feel that it's going to shorten his life and that I'll run a high risk of him getting diseases or getting terminally ill fast. Even if it's every once in a while I still feel like its a bad route. I think of it as a human eating raw meat. That's HORRIBLE for humans and the risk is VERY high of getting bad sick due to all of the bacteria and potential disease raw meat can carry. So I am stuck between a rock and a hard place on it. I know meat is a part of their diet in the wild, but at the same time I don't want to risk killing my trophy fish over me trying to replicate a natural habitat. I know the pellets have a lot of the nutritional benefits that live fish would have, but It's not live food. I don't see a problem with crickets as long as they come from a pet store since they wont be full of pesticides but I am skeptical on live fish. Thoughts please? I don't mean to get way off topic, but I have always wanted some second opinions on this topic.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:Oscar Fish Growth Rate

you can get the same protein benefits from feeding frozen silversides or pieces of fish fillet or earthworms from the bait shop. In order to ensure no disease or parasites transfer from feeder guppies, you have to spend money on medication and treat the feeders for parasites, gram negative and gram positive bacteria. Then you have to ensure that the feeder fish are healthy after a 6-8 week period and use different water changing items (buckets, hoses, nets, etc) from your oscar

That's quite a bit of extra work, and takes time from enjoying your oscar.
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