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Red Oscar Substrate Colour

Discussion in 'New World Cichlids' started by Bub, May 17, 2019.

  1. Bub

    Bub New Member

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    Just to clarify before I ask, I'm likely not actually getting an oscar. I have the opportunity to get a 150 gallon tank - not sure if I'll actually go for it.

    Basically I would still like to ask about this as I am going to get a red oscar one day even if not soon. In your opinion would a dark or light coloured substrate be better to enhance the orange/yellow colour of the red oscar rather than the actual red colouration? The pics I've seen of them have really nice yellowy orange colours and I want that one day. Not a huge fan of the red colour though.

    So would dark (black) coloured substrate enhance the brightness of the fish or cause it to darken naturally as an attempt at camouflage?
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forum :)

    dark coloured substrates (and backgrounds) always show off the fish better. The fish feel more secure against the dark base and back and will be less stressed.
     
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    Thanks! Alright that's good to hear, I was thinking black sand/gravel and black background but wan't sure if that would cause the colour of the fish to blacken like my bolivian rams. Thanks again!
     
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    Too much black can be an issue. I prefer natural brown gravel and a dark blue or dark green background when there are black fish in the tank.
     
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    Funnily enough natural brown gravel was actually the first that I was looking to get. While setting up the other three tanks I could only ever find black, white, light tan and then all of the reds and blues etc. If I can find brown I would definitely go for it
     
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    Which country do you live in?

    There is a company near me that sells gravel and sand, and members of the public can buy it by the bag. You might have something similar near you.
     
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    I'm from Ireland. I've only ever actually checked my LFS, but I'm going up North sometime this month so I can actually check there as the fish shops there are great. If I can't find it there I'll look elsewhere or order online or something. I've never actually been happy with the tannish/whitish gravel I have and I definitely want to do my next tank right!!
     

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