Oscar Sick? Maybe Pop Eve? Help please.

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The last few days my oscar has been laying around the bottom of the tank.

The water is fine but did a 50% water change to be sure.

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Hi there,

Welcome to our community. Really difficult to say just from a photo. I can't really see anything wrong with the eyes, sometimes Oscars have quite prominent eyes that people get worried about. Is the fish constantly breathing heavily?

Also, you say you carried out a water change, what were the results, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH

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Below is an image the water results (just taken). The ammonia levels are in the safe zone, however, my water is really hard.

He does seem to be breathing heavy.

He is two years old.

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I can't really read the colour chart that easily. Is that a dipping water test kit you have used? We prefer the liquid tests, we tend to think they are more clear.

I assume that you are the Oscar is perfectly okay and not showing any signs of ill-health? Has the Oscar in question moved at all lately? Is there any signs of swelling around the abdomen area? When you put food in, does it show any signs of wanting to eat, does ignore the food completely?

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llennox replied the topic: Oscar Sick? Maybe Pop Eve? Help please.

I don't have a liquid test kit, sorry. :-(

He does move some, but very very little. If I walk up to the tank he lifts up a bit, I think just to acknowledge me.

The other oscar seems to push him a bit to get him going, but not aggressively. It seems like he knows he is sick.

He is not eating. I was thinking of going to get feeder fist to see if that will get him going, thoughts?
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OFL replied the topic: Oscar Sick? Maybe Pop Eve? Help please.

Getting a feeder fish well be of absolutely no use whatsoever. There's obviously something not right with the Oscar. As for what that is, well, that's like saying how long is a piece of string.

Did you get both Oscars at the same time?

Have you had a look at his abdominal area, is it swollen at all? How about faeces, as he passed any unnatural -looking faeces?

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llennox replied the topic: Oscar Sick? Maybe Pop Eve? Help please.

Yes, I got both of them at the same time.

I don't think his abdominal area is swollen and I have no idea on the feces. I don't see anything abnormal looking in the tank.

I just put krill in the tank, he wants to eat. Gets about half way up the tank and floats back down.
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DRACO replied the topic: Oscar Sick? Maybe Pop Eve? Help please.

llennox wrote: The last few days my oscar has been laying around the bottom of the tank.

The water is fine but did a 50% water change to be sure.

Attached is a picture.




"how long is that few days?" what is the water temperature?

base on the lower pic, you have white worms in there but it will not harm your fish...
how is the breathing a day after the water change? how about the eating habit?
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llennox wrote: Below is an image the water results (just taken). The ammonia levels are in the safe zone, however, my water is really hard.

He does seem to be breathing heavy.

He is two years old.


i have not tried to use this kind of test strip... this is the same as the new strip being used in swimming pool water LOL!
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Oscar Sick? Maybe Pop Eve? Help please.

I wouldnt rely on any of those readings.What I see is two fairly large fish in a tiny tank with minimal filtration. Unless you have been changing large volumes of water every 2-3 days, the quality of the water is bad. There is no acceptable level of ammonia, or nitrite for that matter. Especially if you do indeed have hard water with high Ph. Makes those toxins exponentially dangerous. Both need to be zero, always. Nitrate, managed via water changes should always be under 20. You should really have less fish or a bigger tank. We recommend a 75gal as a MINIMUM for a single Oscar and a 6ft long 125g as the same minimum for a pair of Oscars.


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