Concerns about young Oscar

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I got an albino and tiger Oscar about a month ago. They were both 3 inches when I got them. I'm not extremely experienced with Oscars I've only had one before many years ago. Since I got them I'd say the tiger Oscar has grown maybe 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch while the Albino Oscar really doesn't appear to have grown at all. I'm just a little worried about my little guy so I guess I'm wondering if this could be reason for concern. Appreciate any advice from people with more experience.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re: Concerns about young Oscar

What size is your tank?

What are the ammonia, nitrite, nitrate readings?

Does the tiger eat more than the Albino?
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Zagam89 replied the topic: Re: Concerns about young Oscar

It's a 56 gallon tank and yes I know that's to small for two I'm moving in 2 months and will be upgrading to 125 but figured they'd be fine for 2 months so I don't have to move the 125 gallon tank full. There's 125 gallon filtration system on the 55 though so don't worry there taken care of. I test ammonia and nitrates often but they are always good according to my test kit and I'm religious about doing water changes once a week.

The Tiger does eat more then the albino but at this point he looks so much larger that's probably to be expected. The tiger is obviously thriving he's growing so fast but the albino just hasn't seemed to grow much.

Occasionally I will even feed them live very young guppies I bred myself and the Albino is always pretty slow and doesn't seem to get any while the tiger has little trouble.
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Re: Concerns about young Oscar

"Occasionally I will even feed them live very young guppies I bred myself "

I would discontinue this practice immediately. I know people do it, & it's your fish, your call, but even though you breed yourself, there is no 100% guarantee they will not harbor some sort of pathogen or parasite. If you want to put some size on you smaller Oscar, try feeding small earthworms & speed up partial water changes. You could even try hand feeding the albino to ensure he gets his share. :evil:

THOSE WHO REFUSE KNOWLEDGE ARE DOOMED TO FAIL.

WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re: Concerns about young Oscar

Its just that the albino is not eating as much as the tiger then. Genetics will also play a part in their growth rate. Not too much to worry about since you are taking good care of them. Hand feed the albino more food than the tiger and maybe he will catch up.
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cebosound replied the topic: Re: Concerns about young Oscar

weekly 50% waterchanges , overfiltration, and good quality food.... and your Oscar will grow as fast as you could ever want. ;)

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Zagam89 replied the topic: Re: Concerns about young Oscar

Yea I change about 30% of the water usually but maybe I'll go all the way to 50%. Never missed a week yet though like I said I'm religious about it and my filtration system is nearly 3 times the rating of the actual tank so I think that's plenty of overfiltration.

Here's a picture of my little guys. You can see how small it is and why I'm worried cause they were the same size when I got them. Gonna start feeding hand feeding him earthworms though. Is it ok to buy earthworms from the store that are used for fishing? Not sure where else to get them.
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Jaket808 replied the topic: Re: Concerns about young Oscar

Not too sure but I know in tilapia which are cichlids and well alot of other species of fish the males grow faster than females perhaps its a sex issue?
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Zagam89 replied the topic: Re: Concerns about young Oscar

Just updating. I have been hand feeding the albino shrimp and worms. The main problem is I can hardly even hand feed him without the tiger jumping in there and trying to steal it. The albino seems fairly unwilling to eat it takes putting the shrimp or worm in front of him for awhile for him to actually bite it. He does eat just he doesn't seem to have nearly the drive to eat that the other one does, and sometimes he'll just end up spitting it out. He seems healthy though so I'm hoping for the best I'm probably just being paranoid.
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Noddy replied the topic: Re: Concerns about young Oscar

Zagam89 wrote: Just updating. I have been hand feeding the albino shrimp and worms. The main problem is I can hardly even hand feed him without the tiger jumping in there and trying to steal it.


I use my other hand to keep the other oscar away , when i'm handfeeding one particular fish.

My personal opinion, is that albino's and Lutino's just grow a tad bit slower than Red,and tiger.
But that's no proven fact, just my .02
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