Baby Red Oscar Color

Joshbemis19
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I have 2 baby red Oscars. They seem to not be colored very well. The area that was supposed to be red looks pale and discolored. Will they get more colorful as they grow or is that just how they’ll look? Is there anything I can do to give them better colors?
 
Demeter
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Pictures? When did you get them and what is their tank setup like? A stressed fish will be dull in color, that being said most young fish have less color than when they become adults, but Oscars should be pretty colorful even when young. That being said, good quality foods help improve color, meaty foods like frozen krill, blood worms, and brine shrimp should be good for small Oscars but they will eventually need larger foods as they grow.

Are they acting normal, eating and all swimming around?
 
Joshbemis19
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I am not home right now, but when I get home I will send pictures. They are about 3 inches long. They are in a 55 gallon tank with a tan gravel substrate, a log structure, a piece of fake driftwood, and a tall green plant. The tank has a lot of open area. I have been feeding the HikarI Cihlid Gold pellets. They have been eating but are still very shy of people. They eat a pellet or two and then retreat back to the structure
 
Joshbemis19
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This is the Red Oscar’s color
 

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Joshbemis19
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This is the Lutino Red Oscar’s color
 

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Joshbemis19
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This is the tank setup
 

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chromedome52
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Not abnormal color, but they could use some red-enhancing foods.
 
Joshbemis19
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Ok I will get some
Thanks
 
Demeter
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They look alright to me, but I think they could use more cover. Younger fish can be pretty shy when there's not enough cover and will hide constantly in whatever cover they have.

I think if you add more decor they will come out more and be more social. As for color enhancing foods, I agree and suggest brine shrimp pellets and/or flakes. I believe the brine shrimp have a certain pigment that will enhance reds and oranges in the fish.
 
Joshbemis19
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Ok I will add more decor ASAP. Are oscars ok with rock or do they like more of wood and plants? I will pick up some brine shrimp soon.
Thanks
 
Albifrons
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Frozen foods like blood worms will also be helpful to them, since dietary diversity is always a good things, plus the red coloration will help with boosting the oscars colors.
 
Demeter
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Hmm I think anything would work really. A few big pieces of wood, a few large rocks and you should be good. Don't go spending a fortune on hard-scape though, you will probably end up removing some of the rock/wood work as they grow up.
 
Joshbemis19
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Ok, I already have some frozen bloodworms in the freezer, but I haven’t tried feeding them to the Oscars yet. I’ll give it a go tonight.
Thanks
 
Joshbemis19
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I re-scaped the tank. Hopefully this will help with them being shy and feeling insecure.

Let me know what you guys think. Anything I should change?
 

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Demeter
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Looks better to me With the decor spread out they should feel more comfortable exploring the tank.
 
Joshbemis19
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Ok awesome! I’ll keep you posted if they start to look better.

Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it
 

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