Oscar colour change?

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Hello.

I bought my first baby Oscar around 3 weeks ago. It had very nice colours. The Orange was deep, and the dark + light main colours were very contrasting.

Since then, the fish has gone very light. It is only dark very occasionally, and it doesn't look as nice. It is almost green at times.

I've since bought a 2nd Oscar (from the same shop) for the same reasons as the first, and the colours have also faded, but not to the same extent.

They're both around 7/8cm long.

The subtrate is White Silica sand, if this helps. The tank they were kept in at the shop had dark-ish substrate. Could this be a factor? I want my pretty colours back :(

Thanks, Jay.
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RoxyTheDog replied the topic: Re: Oscar colour change?

Hi there, unfortunately they don`t always keep the same color as they grow. They can even change color suddenly depending on their mood. My tiger is really dark most of the time but if it gets a fright or has a blue with its mate it goes really light grey. Make sure you feed them a good quality and varied diet, hopefully they will stay bright and healthy for you :)

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Horizons replied the topic: Re: Oscar colour change?

RoxyTheDog wrote: Hi there, unfortunately they don`t always keep the same color as they grow. They can even change color suddenly depending on their mood. My tiger is really dark most of the time but if it gets a fright or has a blue with its mate it goes really light grey. Make sure you feed them a good quality and varied diet, hopefully they will stay bright and healthy for you :)


Thank you for the reply.

I know that Oscars can change colours, but surely not completely change in a matter of 3 weeks?
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sharyn replied the topic: Re: Oscar colour change?

The substrate and degree of lighting in the tank are big factors and when you think about it, fish change their color in the wild to blend in better..so a lighter tank means lighter fish.

Mine look green alot, but I realised the paint on the wall behind the tank is green and the glass is a bit green too..so not surprisingly my fish look green. I have a red tiger that I bought RED even called him Red and I have not seen a speck of red in my tank since November last year!
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cebosound replied the topic: Re: Oscar colour change?

changes are common. i enjoy watching them morph into their mature colors.

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Jenn27 replied the topic: Re: Oscar colour change?

Yep...look at the pic in signature. He is almost green in this pic, but when I first bought him, he was dark colors, with bright orange stripes. Since then, I have changed my background from bright colors to just black (it actually looks better in the tank, too ;) ), and his colors are a bit darker, but not a lot. They just change colors as they get older. As long as they are eating well, and appear healthy, then don't stress it. ;) Just enjoy them. :lol:

We have had our Groucho (Tiger O) for over a year now...have watched him grow from 2 inches to pushing 11 inches! LOVE watching him swim around in his little 55 gal world. :lol: We also have a fancy goldfish and a black moor in a separate tank. We love our fishies!...[IMG]
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