Just got back into keeping an Oscar

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It's been a couple of years since I've had an Oscar. Recently decided to get another oscar. Unfortunately, I bought an Albino form a LFS and ended up with a sick fish. Within a few days of having her I noticed the white stringy poop. I have been medicating her tank and her food for the past two weeks. Just finished the meds and am waiting to see how she does. She is tiny - just bout 3.5" right now but holding her own.

I am excited to be back in the game. I absolutely love keeping Oscars and hope that I have a long relationship with this new little girl.

She is being kept in a 75 gallon tank by herself. I have two AC110's running on this tank with two submersible heaters. I recently went back to a bare bottom tank for ease of cleaning.
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Welcome!

Yeah, keeping a barebottom tank with sick fish is best, so that you can see if they defecate properly.
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Touchwood that the medication has worked. Did you tell the fish store? If they were reputable than they should have taken responsibility for selling you a fish that was infected and provided you with the necessary medication free of charge.

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Rocksor wrote: Welcome!

Yeah, keeping a barebottom tank with sick fish is best, so that you can see if they defecate properly.

That is a good tip regarding having no substrate

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Yes I contacted the store - they offered for me to return her. But, given that it was an hours drive to the store and I worried what they would do with her - I decided to just try to save her. I've had her now for about 3 weeks. Yes it cost me alot to buy meds for a 75 gallon tank but I decided it was worth a try.

She seems to be doing better. She is eating and I have found some solid looking poops with good color in the bottom of the tank so I hope she is moving in the right direction.

If I continue to see white stringy poops - should I start the whole medication process over?? I am also trying to soak her pellets in epsom salt in hopes this helps (someone on another forum suggested I do that).
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Does it say anything on the medication about using the medication again if it's not been successful? I read somewhere that fly larva, i.e. bloodworm can be used to help purge of fish of internal parasites, you could try soaking bloodworm in your medication.

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OFL wrote: Does it say anything on the medication about using the medication again if it's not been successful? I read somewhere that fly larva, i.e. bloodworm can be used to help purge of fish of internal parasites, you could try soaking bloodworm in your medication.


Good idea - I have some frozen bloodworms that I could thaw and soak then offer to her. I little extra meds in her food can't hurt right now.

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Just got back into keeping an Oscar

Welcome back to the Oscar world. I would resist the urge to put more meds. Fish is still small and meds are generally harsh. An epsom salt treatment, tank and food would likely help if necessary.


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Thank you - yes she is just a tiny baby. So you think I can safely soak her pellets in a mixture of distilled water and epsom salt for a few more days??
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The recommended time for ES soaked feed is 5 consecutive days. Just feed that, nothing else.


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