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does anybody have any solid information and pictures of a yellow or gold oscar. its nearly impossible to find even a reference to anything other than the common color oscars. all i know after weeks of hunting and talking to lfs owners is that gold (i think) is unbelievably rare and yellow is a little bit more common than gold (by more common i mean still impossible to find). i have found some references to them and, if i remember correctly the yellow oscar variety was a cross breed that was created some years ago in california and because of the low demand is near impossible to find. i know i visited the shark aquarium a week or so ago and they had 2 oscars labeled as gold oscars and they were very differently colored from mine - i was still very surprised they even had them and whoever it was that was working didnt really have any information on them. my oscar looks slightly like black oscar mix with something without any pattern except for a color gradient from black to yellow from back to front when he is in bright lights and feeling good. he is mostly dark with a tinge of yellow and only his dorsal fins show his yellow colors brightly. when the lights are out or he is stressed he turns a stunning gold/yellowish color all over with only the tips of his rear fins still remaining relatively dark. im currently in the market to sell him and really want to have some background and a good price range. anybody with any helpful information would be greatly appreciated! thanks!
 

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lemmywinks said:
I will say this again... your "yellow" oscar is no more than a red oscar. They all look like that as juvis. trust me man, I have seen enough of them to know :laugh:
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dude youre wrong i was almost convinced but i took it to a lfs called ocean aquarium in pleasantville,nj and the owner told me it definately wasnt a red oscar and he had never heard of yellow or gold oscars before and mine was some sort of cross breed. hes borderline not juv anymore either hes approaching 7.5"+ and still displays this coloration if not even more so... and besides that i want more information about this fish type not whether or not i own one. if you have information on a yellow or gold oscar then id be happy to hear it...
 

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your "yellow" or gold oscar is no diffrent than any other common oscar when it come to care.. Most oscars sold in stores are the same fish, just diffrent color morphs. and not all oscars look alike. you could find 2 diffrent red oscars and one could be orange while one is a reddish orange (what you call a gold oscar). It is no more than a diffrent colored red oscar. Did your all knowing petstore tell you that?
 

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you sound like some of my professors who are so smart they feel like they are too good to share information... so cool!
so youre telling me theoretically that an oscar that is all green with a little red is a RED oscar just some mutation?


anyways... compton steve... where you from in jersey? i live 10 minutes from ocean aquarium in galloway right by Atlantic city. im mostly impressed with their salt water selection. they have some huge tanks with some nurse sharks and morey eels to name a few. that huge thing made with bathroom glass cubes as a window by the front door currently has a huge lion fish and a 4 foot brown shark (or so it looks). awesome store for the atlantic city area...

back to oscars...
 

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im like 45 minutes from there but i love that place, and yes they do have a very impressive saltwater selection, and there are 2 large lion fish in that tank, and a shark. there "store pet" piranhas arent good at all though...kinda make me sad, i think one has cut lips, there red tail cat is amazing though...
 

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jonscilz said:
you sound like some of my professors who are so smart they feel like they are too good to share information... so cool!
so youre telling me theoretically that an oscar that is all green with a little red is a RED oscar just some mutation?

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and you sound just like one of those kids that obviosly listens to everything their damn lfs tells them. I'm not talking about every oscar out there is a red oscar. I am saying that the ones with similar colors to a red oscar are just a red oscar w/ a bit of off coloring. there are alot of color varients of oscars out there, and if you want to call an off color red oscar a yellow oscar, go for it. but I am just telling you where your fish came from (isnt that what you wanted to know in the first place?
). and everybody out there that knows about oscars will agree with me that this is indeed a red oscar (or an color varient vary close to a red oscar)
 

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about a month ago they had 2 lion fish in that tank but i was there about 3 days ago and there was only one left... dunno what happened to the other one.. that huge tank by their feeders that has that 3 foot cat also has probably one of the biggest pacus you will see - easily 3 feet long. definately not a piranha supply tho....
 

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and you sound just like one of those kids that obviosly listens to everything their damn lfs tells them. I'm not talking about every oscar out there is a red oscar. I am saying that the ones with similar colors to a red oscar are just a red oscar w/ a bit of off coloring. there are alot of color varients of oscars out there, and if you want to call an off color red oscar a yellow oscar, go for it. but I am just telling you where your fish came from (isnt that what you wanted to know in the first place?
). and everybody out there that knows about oscars will agree with me that this is indeed a red oscar (or an color varient vary close to a red oscar)
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aight... im gonna settle this in a few minutes when i get a better picture of him in the light when he is nice and yellow for you... just wait
 

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that is a red oscar. and oscars do change colors as well. depending on it's mood my red can be anywhere from a brownish orange, to orange red, and once in while when he is really pissed off he turns almost completly yellow :nod:

and just curious, but what time do you wake up in the morning? you do realize that when fish go to sleep they often become very pale dont you?
 

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lemmywinks said:
that is a red oscar. and oscars do change colors as well. depending on it's mood my red can be anywhere from a brownish orange, to orange red, and once in while when he is really pissed off he turns almost completly yellow :nod:


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dude you will not win this until you show me a red oscar that looks even close to the color pattern of mine... ive never seen it and neither has the dozens of people who know much more about oscars than me that have seen mine... thats all there is to it... find me a picture and its over


edit: my camera skills really do not do his coloration justice either because in person looks so much more vibrant than what i can post here.. i dont know if that makes a difference or not...
 

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Just do a Google or Yahoo serch for red oscar and I am sure that you will find a pic of a red oscar that looks exactly like yours
. My red even looked like yours. You need to know that he will not stay that color for the rest of their life. Give that fish 3-4 months and he will be a bright orange


this fish here is what yours will look like in probly 2 months max.
 

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ok... then this argument will be put to rest for 2 months... and when his red isnt showing by the end of february... ill post it again so we can duke it out
(assuming he isnt sold to george at the shark aquarium by then
- that is the reason this whole thing started in the first place)

i really have yet to see a picture of my fish anywhere - close in your reds pattern but never any yellow like mine is always displaying to some degree. he has his orange times which is what you love to exploit, but never EVER red in the past 4 months of ownership and the yellow is what i believe makes it unique... whether it be actually a "red" oscar or not... hes a yellow "red" oscar if thats the case... and well know soon enough i hope... in two months my friend!
 

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orange/yellow oscars are just color variants of the red oscar. All color variants are still the same specie-- Astronotus ocellatus. I personally don't know if orange/yellow oscars are born yellow, or if they only turn orange/yellow as they mature, but I would think they are born yellow/orange. That pic looks like a typical red oscar, that would have to undergo some truly remarkable color change if he was going to look like a REAL orange/yellow oscar.
 
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