The colour of oscar is continuously fading

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I have two small(2.5") albino oscars with bright orange coloured marks on the body. I feed them tetrabits or cp-optimum daily once. But I am very surprised to notice that the orange marks of their body is continuously fading. When I bought them the marks were very bright but now they are not as before.

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!. Right now I have a large tank, but there is an adult flowerhorn. It is quite aggressive, so I dont have a large tank for oscars. I am going to buy one, but till then I kept them in small tank of 18",12",10'. Is this the probable cause of their colour fading?

2. Do I need to change thier food?

3. Is this a disease? If it is then what kind of treatment I need to do?
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breddrin replied the topic: Re: The colour of oscar is continuously fading

hey whats up oscars can change colour from time to time but also i dont think it is an albino it have a strong possibility being a lutino but u should probably monitor them for a while. How are they responding to food? I hope this helps.
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Noddy replied the topic: Re: The colour of oscar is continuously fading

Stress can be the cause of your O's colour fading, so an agressive FH could be a probable cause...
But then the O's wouldt change back to their normal colour from time to time.
But you'll only find out once you give your Oscars their own tank, with a minimum of 55Gl per Oscar.
How big is the next tank gonna be?

Besides that Oscars do tend to transform their colour for quite a bit during their lifetime.
My "red" was bright red on a blueish/ purple base, but turned into a "bronze"coloured oscar on an olive coloured base...

How long have you had them?

Food can change colour of fish, and most of our members feed Hikari Gold, to bring out the best in colour of the Oscars.

do you have a testset for your water?
Waterparameters for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH would help us give you better advice.
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cebosound replied the topic: Re: The colour of oscar is continuously fading

welcome to the site.


you may want to check chlorine levels in your water...

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Arka Mitra replied the topic: Re: The colour of oscar is continuously fading

they are always very hungry for food, even if I feed them twice daily, they are consuming all the food.
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Arka Mitra replied the topic: Re: The colour of oscar is continuously fading

Its gonna be a 50-55 gallon tank. They are too small now, isn't it okay for them?
I have them for a month.
I will try to get hikari gold, but if I cannot get it in pet shop, then can I buy it through internet? Or can I use oceanfree ever-red? I use that food for my flower-horn fish.
I am sorry, I don't have any instruments to measure the waterparameters. Should I change 50% of water once a week? Right now I change 75% of water once in a fortnight.
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Gryphon replied the topic: Re: The colour of oscar is continuously fading

Oscars grow quickly, they won't be small for long.
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sharyn replied the topic: Re: The colour of oscar is continuously fading

Arka Mitra wrote: Its gonna be a 50-55 gallon tank. They are too small now, isn't it okay for them?
I have them for a month.
I will try to get hikari gold, but if I cannot get it in pet shop, then can I buy it through internet? Or can I use oceanfree ever-red? I use that food for my flower-horn fish.
I am sorry, I don't have any instruments to measure the waterparameters. Should I change 50% of water once a week? Right now I change 75% of water once in a fortnight.


Hello!

Oscars grow up to an inch a month and can be a foot in length when they are one year old. They are also very messy with food and waste. As cichlids they are also prone to aggression and can injure or kill each other. So you NEED 55 gal per fish and good filtration. You also need a liquid test kit now. You have to be able to control their environment to keep them healthy and without a test kit you have no idea what their environment is like. Large irregular water changes are not good for the tank, reasonable weekly ones are better. Read all the helpful articles on this site and you will have a better understanding of how to keep oscars happy and healthy for years..

Good Luck!!!
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