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So my new baby Oscar is just laying around almost looking dead he's only been in the tank about a day, he comes up to eat. Is the common for new baby oscars in a new environment?
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Vinny replied the topic: Re:Baby Oscar

Yes sulking as long as water parameters are fine he's ok

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DRACO replied the topic: Baby Oscar

when was the tank set up?
i am just hoping you did not buy the fish the same day the tank was set up.
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The tank was setup about 4 days prior to putting him in
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Phantom replied the topic: Baby Oscar

Unfortunately that means the tank is not cycled. Unless you used existing media from another established tank. It takes weeks for a tank to cycle properly. Plenty of information here about cycling your tank, either with fish or fishless. Oscars are tough, hardy fish but are delicate when babies. He'll be exposed to a toxic, stressful environment while the tank cycles and he might not survive it. I'd consider returning him until your tank is fully cycled and then put him in.
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BenZ replied the topic: Baby Oscar

I had all of my other stuff from my last Oscar tank like the filter and all of the decor and the heater in there for the 4 days also if that helps
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Vinny replied the topic: Re:Baby Oscar

It depends it was I there but how long was it in there for. Did the last Oscar just pass and the tank was empty for a few days then you got the baby? Or did you take the old stuff you had laying around and set it up? If it's #2 you need to do daily water changes and stay all over that water. The Oscar can survive a cycle but you'll have you hands full keeping the water good. Also keep putting prime in to make the ammonia and nitrite less toxic

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BenZ replied the topic: Re:Baby Oscar

I went and got my water tested he said my ph was at 7.6 and that I needed to add aquarium salt so I've done that, he was swimming around again, is the ph a bit high because of a new fish?
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Vinny replied the topic: Re:Baby Oscar

No your pH was actually fine. Don't add any more aquarium salt. I used to use aquarium salt religiously and after reading things on this site I cycled it out. It never leaves but after numerous water changes eventually it's gone. It's good when needed but not on a consistent basis

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Vinny replied the topic: Re:Baby Oscar

Ammonia, nitrite and nitrate is what will make your fish act different

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