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Hello everybody.
This is my first post on this forum. I wish it could be on some better terms but oh well.... here we go.
So about a month ago i received a pair of young oscars that i ordered from my local fish store, one albino tiger and one super red oscar. They have been growing excellently and i have grown quite fond of them. Even my GF who hates my fish tanks has started liking them. HAHA. Well about two weeks ago my tiger oscar started developing black pelvic fins and i thought maybe it was coloring off of the gravel and i decided to just keep an eye on it. It spread to his caudal and dorsal fin and that's when i got concerned. I consulted another forum to see if they had any ideas of what it may be and they said that it was just natural coloration and that young oscars can change color with mood. Ok... i felt better and went with that. Now the problem is, whatever is affecting his fins is now starting to affect some of his scales on his dorsal area. It has also gotten on to the super red's pelvic fins. Oh No!!! :( Any ideas what this could be and how i should go about treating it? I did a water change Saturday and plan on doing another one as soon as i can get it worked in my schedule. hopefully Wednesday. My ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH are 0, 0, 20, and 7.6 respectively. Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.

P.S. The super red has been having huge bowel movements. At one point i thought he had prolapsed. His movements are big and white and come out all tangled....like what i would expect a clump of white intestines to look like. Could this be worms or is this also normal? Again, any help is greatly appreciated.
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Sorry i posted this twice. when i did it the 1st time it said fatal error and so i did it again. Oops.

This is about the best picture to show the discoloration on the pelvic fins and also along the dorsal area

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This pic shows the super red in the top with some of the coloration change on his fins

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JÄGERDOG82 replied the topic: Re: fin color changes

I just asked this question myself when I found this site. The reason is you don't have a albino it is Lutino. Everything is OK. You can look @ my post my lutino and see the pics of mine.

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Big Red replied the topic: Re: fin color changes

Yeah, I've looked into that too. But from what i read lutino oscars aren't supposed to have the red eyes which show a lack of pigment. It also concerns me because it continues to spread across his body. When i first got them they were both free of any black coloration.
Sorry JAGERDOG82 if you are having to repeat yourself but i couldn't find your post.
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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: fin color changes

Hello and welcome...

I have to agree that the black coloration is completely normal...

As for the Super red.. What are you feeding and how often??
You can try feeding him some peas, Thawed from frozen or canned work fine...
You can also try not feeding him for a few days...

Can you explain in DETAIL, what the poop looks like?
White and solid? Stringy and kinda clear?
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JÄGERDOG82 replied the topic: Re: fin color changes

Mine is the same way I read that lutinos weren't supposed to have red eyes too but one of the people on here explained that they can and if it were true albino it would have lack of pigment throughout the whole body meaning no orange stripes.

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Big Red replied the topic: Re: fin color changes

Ok. Is their anything specifically that i need to watch out for as far as coloration goes.

The poop is white and solid. Every once in a while i will see one on the bottom of the tank if i do i will take a quick pick and post it.

I've been feeding them TetraCichlid cichlid crisps but just bought some hikari cichlid staple mini pellets last night. I've also been adding VitaChem about once a week.
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Big Red replied the topic: Re: fin color changes

Ok. That helps about the whole lutino oscar thing. Thanks jagerdog82.
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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: fin color changes

I would keep an eye on the poop situation... Solid is a good thing... Stringy and white/clear means problems...

Their poop often resembles the color of whatever they are eating, but as long as it's solid, you will be ok...

And I have a lutino that looks like she was rolling in the mud... The dark coloration is all the way up o her head.. Her twin Sister is completely clean... It's odd, but unfortunately there isn't anything we can do but love them...
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Big Red replied the topic: Re: fin color changes

Haha. Yup. I don't think that will be a problem in this household. Quick question tho. Did the "mud" continue to spread or was their ever a point when it just stopped?
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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: fin color changes

I brought her in as a rescue, so I am not sure... I do know that I have seen other have it continue to spread..
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