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Why is my Lutino Oscar Fish Turning Black

lutino oscar fish turning black

Lutino oscar fish turning black?

Oscar’s beautiful complexion has always will be an important factor in why they are so widely loved. What many people don’t know, however, is that Oscar fish are not always necessarily always wearing their birth colors. The color of the Oscar fish may change from time to time. This can happen due to certain circumstances and reasons.

Do Oscar fish really change color? Yes, Oscar fish sometimes change their color and this can happen due to various reasons. The color of an Oscar fish could fade off or it may even brighten. This all depends on the reasons that might cause the change.

There are several factors that can cause a Lutino Oscar turning black. These include nutrition, water quality, stress level and tank mates. And a change in water quality or water parameters can change the color in the oscar. In addition, an albino Oscar may change color while feeding. They could also change color when intimidated or agitated by tank mates. It can also be a sign of general unhappiness.

Reasons for lutino Oscar turning black

There are a number of factors that can cause an oscar fish to change color, turn yellow or even disappear altogether. Below are some factors that can cause and effect a color change in Oscars.

Old age

One of the most common reasons why Oscars change color is due to the old age. This type of color change is usually quite slow. The process happens slowly over time. However, it’s definitely worth noting if you pay attention. Another age factor is if they are very young. Oscar fish are not born so colorful, when they are babies they are actually quite dull. Their color fades over time. Another thing that makes them gorgeous is the different patterns that become more apparent.

There are some similarities between the different Oscars, but many of them grow and mature in different ways. Not all Oscar fish develop the same color or pattern as they age. Colors may be different.

Oscar’s mood

Many people don’t understand the extent to which Oscars are social. One of their advanced behavioral patterns is the fact that they clearly show mood swings.

Oscar’s emotional state can determine what color they will be or how bright that color will be. It is an emotional state. However, it is hard to describe what colors Oscar will display in relation to their mood at any given time. Oscars are all different, and while many of them may display similar colors in relation to their mood, it can be markedly different.

Health and water conditions

Another reason why your lutino oscar fish is turning black is its health condition. It could also be due to the condition of the water. A healthy Oscar fish usually have brighter colours while the colours of a sick one will be pale.

Another big factor is water conditions. It is important to keep the water warm enough at the right temperature. Cold water is not very comfortable for Oscars and can cause them to change color causing discomfort.

Ammonia burns

Ammonia burns shouldn’t be taking lightly, this can be really harmful to your fish. Being in the fishkeeping world, you need to know what ammonia burns is and how to treat it or else you risk endangering the lives of your aquatic life and your tank environment.

Symptoms of Ammonia Burns

Burns from ammonia have effects that may not be obvious between two to three days of the exposure to the burn. It is true that a rise in ammonia could lead to a sudden death in the fish, here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Ragged appearance of fins
  • Colour changes in fins
  • Cloudy eyes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Red blotches or streaks
How to treat an ammonia burn.

When there is a burn from ammonia, the quantity of ammonia in the tank water should be reduced by first changing the water. Then examine the water with a strip to ensure that there is no ammonia in the water.

Also, do not introduce antibiotics in the aquarium because these antibiotics contribute to deactivating the immune system by aggressively weakening the biological bacteria filter as it kills the biological filter completely, this in reaction often leads to a  recycle in the water tank.

Toxic water

Poor quality water are one major problem aquarists face and this also constitutes to the breeding of water fleas in your tank

You should regularly check the pH, nitrate, nitrite, alkalinity, hardness and ammonia levels in your tank. Dip aquarium test strips in water to determine whether you need to make adjustments to the water in your tank.

Healthy oscar fish color

A happy and relaxed Oscar fish will be rather dark in color. They often sport the primary colors in various deep shades of black, blue, or dark green. The colors can be quite bright if the fish is upset or scared. This may be due to a fight between the fish and other fish in the tank. It can also be caused by unfamiliar or unwanted human presence.

Why is my Oscar fish turning white?

Oscar fish may turn white in color if it is suffering from a disease called ich.

Ich is a condition caused by a parasite that causes white spots to form all over the body of the fish. The fish may not be white, but even areas that do not have white spots may turn yellow.

Ich isn’t the only fish disease that can cause white spots on your oscar. There is a wide range of diseases and parasites that can cause your Oscar to develop white spots. Ich is the most common cause of white patches along the head and body. This infection will also occur on the fins of the fish. It is caused by a parasite. It often brings yellowness to the Oscars. This parasite can cause more severe suffering or eventually death.

How To Treat Oscars That have Ich:

Firstly, ich is not an easy thing to deal with, and it could lead to a fatal health issue. There are a variety of treatments that can be given to oscar, and these treatments have different dosing and protocol regimens.

Some of the products below can be introduced:

  • Malachite Green Formaldehyde (Formalin)
  • Formalin (Formaldehyde)
  •   Copper Sulphate
  • Acriflavin and Victoria Green

Yet another cause is HIT, or hole in the head disease. In this disease, white spots appear around the eyes and mouth. Fin and tail rot may also occur. Due to which whiteness comes on the edges of the fins.

Hole in the Head (HITH) Oscar’s Disease

A variety of conditions could facilitate the development of the disease; and some of them include: mineral imbalances, vitamin, overcrowding, improper nutrition, and poor water quality.

Characteristics of a Hit at the Oscars

Here are a few instances of the symptom of HIT which include:

  • The head top and the eyes area are covered with white sores.
  • Large wounds and openings or holes
  • Mucus drops from the holes
  • lack of appetite

If not treated, the disease can be very fatal and result in worse situations for your fish. This disease can be treated with antibiotics known as metronidazole. If your fish is still ready to eat it can be administered in a flake of medicated fish meal. Healing takes five to ten days.

Fin and tail rot

This is a very common disease in fishes and is caused by an unhealthy environment like excessive crowding, low level of oxygen, and low quality of water. These also stress the fish. Also, an infection could equally result in a tissue that has been badly affected by abrasion.

Some signs of fin and tail rot in oscars
  • Darkened fins
  • Some fins may start to fall off
  • Lethargy or listlessness
  • spend most of its time on the surface level
  • lack of appetite
  • A milky appearance on the fins of the oscar’s body.
How To Treat:

The treament usually include antibiotics. A few antibiotics that could be used and can be gotten over the counter are:

  • Tetracycline
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Oxytetracycline
How To Use:

Apply twenty to thirty percent change of water before the treatment itself. More so, aquarium salt could be very efficient for situations like this following the directions on the package.

However, to prevent this situation, it is necessary to provide rocks and plants for adequate hiding  and space for the fish. Also endeavour to examine the aquarium by testing the water to make sure the fish is healthy.

Why is my black Oscar turning gray?

Some oscar fish like black oscar actually turn gray sometimes. The black color of the Oscar fish will make the change in color very obvious. This means that a sharp contrast will occur and make the situation worse than it really is. There could be a few reasons for this drastic change to happen.

However, environment plays a constant factor in relation to how Oscar changes colour. Oscar fish usually portray darker colors when they are in a dark environment. They will seem to change colours in relation to their environment.  It is uncertain whether this is a camouflage attempt or something else. Oscar fish can also go from black to gray when scared. Fear or distress can cause oscar fish to temporarily change color.

Light-colored substrate can cause the oscar fish to change color too.

Oscar fish colors can be very good indicators of health and general well-being. It can tell you pretty fast that something is going on with your pet. This means that all issues related to the color of the fish should be taken extremely seriously. Although it is not all fish that change color that are sick, color is a good indicator of health status.

Food to feed Oscar for bright colors

Your Oscar diet can really affect how they look. Here are some foods to help your Oscar fish maintain their bright and colorful nature. Certain foods can really bring out their bright colors especially red tones.

You should try to find astaxanthin, which is present in krill shrimp. Peas contain chemicals that help give Oscars its bright color.