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I have what pet stores like to call a "blueberry" oscar. Without realizing that this coloration wasn't natural (as my oscar is very pale), I purchased him. He's active and healthy and a great eater. My concern is returning him to his natural color. I know that with time the dye fades, but is there any known way to speed this process? :-?
 

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I don’t know anything you can do to get him back to his natural colors any faster…

Near perfect water quality and low stress will be the two best things for him… But most of them die within the first 3 months or so…

Here are some ideas that may help him out…

-Read the Oscar 101 thread from this forum… it rocks…

-Oscars are prone to Hole in the Head disease, dyed Oscar are even more sensitive to it.

-Use sand instead of gravel, waste falls down in gravel and it’s harder to keep clean

-Clean the filter often. Waste continues to break down in the filter and pollute the water.

-Siphon out waste every couple of days as you see it building up in pockets. If it doesn’t build up in pockets then clean your filter more often… and nice filtration…

-Feed smaller quantities a couple times a day… never leave uneaten food to rot. Your fish does not need as much food as you think it does… fasting (starving) for one day a week is a good idea.

-Lots of décor… having multiple hiding areas will lower stress…

-Floating Plants - Oscars will readily uproot plants, but floating plants are already uprooted. These give (at least) a two fold benefit… plants eat waste byproducts from the water and they also ‘soften’ the light which can make the fish feel more at ease… again lower stress…

It sucks learning about the dying process after you buy a dyed fish… Give it your best and see what happens. I have a “Blueberryâ€
 
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