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Matt replied the topic: Re: growth defect?

OHH, you didn't mention the pellet strike earlier. Now it makes more sense. 2 weeks of not eating as his age will definitely slow his growth dramatically. Hold out on the pellet strike, get him eating regularly, stick with the 3 minute rule, and he'll come around eventually, that is odd for a juvie tho, they usually wolf down whatever is thrown their way regardless of what it is. Hell, I've seen them go after driftwood and fake plants.

He'll be ok, just got to get through this pellet strike. I would only do bloodworms or any other kind of treat at most, once a week. I've had the same box of bloodworms frozen in the freezer for at least 3 months, if not longer. When they do get their treats, they get one to themselves to prevent squabbles.

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Cichliddle_freak replied the topic: Re: growth defect?

yeah, but that strike was a while ago, and he has gone back to his regular eating habbits. i would say a month ago or more. i just figure 3 months and half an inch of growth at his size is rediculous...
but he sure looks healthy enough
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Matt replied the topic: Re: growth defect?

Yea he doesn't look outwardly sick or under fed. I don't know, might just be stunted, poor little fella.

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his/her appearance shows nothing unusual... as long as he/she eats normal
and has good appetite, i wouldn't worry that much. those white lines at
the fins shows he/she is growing.... sooner, you will find him/her bigger!
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Cichliddle_freak replied the topic: Re: growth defect?

well thats good to know about the white lines, ill make sure to look out for them.
and i hope he does grow more... i would think if he doesnt get any bigger in a month something NEEDS to be done, because this cant be right.
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DRACO replied the topic: Re: growth defect?

nope, not necessarily wrong because there are times some fish doesn't
grow much because that is their genetical structure.... as long as they
are active and coloring beautifully, i wouldn't mind...

in my case, i have had around 700 tilapia fries and one of them never
grew beyond 4 inches while the rest had been harvested at 8 inches long
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Cichliddle_freak replied the topic: Re: growth defect?

ok, well i will see how it goes. i just dont want him to still be like 5 inches after a year XD if he is the runt of the group thats kinda sad, but oh well. we will see how it goes.
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Noddy replied the topic: Re: growth defect?

That's one lovely good looking Tiger you have there!
I'd stop worrying and just spoil him a bit with different foods, and see which bugs, or worms he likes best.
Prawns or shrimp have become one of the favorite meals of my fish, and they end up eating my whole 4 bucks box of shrimp, before i can eat any myself!

Just give your fish some time, he'll come around soon enough.
My Red grew to 10"in a year , but after that slowed down his growthrate drastically, while my Tiger came in at about 7"and outgrew my Red lengthwise in no time...
But your Oscar looks great, and that's what counts! ;)
Even if he has a bit of a slow start. :)
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Jenn27 replied the topic: Re: growth defect?

He sure is a tiny little guy. I hope you can get him to eat more. I know my juvie is a piggy. :laugh:

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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Cichliddle_freak replied the topic: Re: growth defect?

yeah he is really tiny XD its really cute how small he is, but i want him to get bigger XD
its just not fun looking at my juvie oscar 3 inches long, and 3 months later its the same thing.
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