Hey, I know this isn't really worth a public announcement, but I just thought I would clear up one thing I have seen on the internet in multiple places. Oscars are great fish. I love them! My Oscar
is about 3 inches long now, and has beautiful red spots on it (no, these are not infections, it's albino). Several websites I have seen say that oscars are dyed in Asia before being sold to pet stores, or that they are given hormone injections to bring out their colors. The sites say that a young Oscar
's color will fade shortly, then slowly come back as it grows. This is not true if you feed your Oscar
shrimp. I got some very small freeze dried shrimp and noticed today how bright red my Oscar
's spots are. As long as they get carotene, a red compound commonly found in shrimp and carrots, they will show their bright natural colors, although I only recommend feeding oscars shrimp. The carrots don't work as well.