Albino Oscar - Acting Weird

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Hello everyone,

I'm new to this forum. I have a question with my Albino Oscar.

The ~7"-8" Albino Oscar with the tank mate Tiger Oscar about the same size. Both of them are in a 90 Gallon tank.
The are buddy since day one.

Recently the Albino Oscar will open mouth wide is like "yawning" and swim vertically for a short period of time.
Also digging the artificial plants and move the decoration around.

Both of them eat normal.
There are no fungus or white spots (ick) on both of them.
No open wound and damage on body.
Minor damage on the left pectoral fin. Just really small piece tear off might got damage when he pushing the decoration around.

I got the Rena Filstar XP3 Canister Filter + Aqua Clear 70 + Also with the power head with air hose.
Also have 2x power head for water circulation. Temp is at 80 F.
I do 25 - 30% water change weekly.

Any idea why the Albino Oscar will do that? Any suggests or advise will be greatly appreciate.

I will do the water test later on tonight to see is there something wrong with the water condition.

Thanks a lot,

Raymond
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Get your water tested using a liquid tes kit - ph, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates. Both ammonia and nitrites must be 0ppm, and nitrates must be less than 20ppm.

Post these numbers, as well as a video or pic of your oscar doing this.
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Ammonia is 0, Nitrites is 0. Nitrates is a little higher than 20. Under 40.
I will do another water change later on tonight.

www.dropshots.com/Raymond812

2 Photos of the Albino Oscar and the video.

Came home tonight and find out the Albino Oscar with split dorsal fin.
It's fine be before I go to work this morning.

Should I add some aquarium salt (1 tea spoon in 5 gallon of water) or MelaFix.

Thank you very much
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Keep nitrates below 20ppm, and reduce the lighting or keep it off if you have lights above the tank. Oscars are light sensitive to begin with, and the "albino" variation has been seen to be more sensitive to bright lights.

Split fin means it swam very fast and the fin split as a result. Based on the video, the tiger oscar is showing aggressive behavior, and letting the white one know that the tank is his. At ~0:41, the white oscar lays on its side, a sign of submission. At 1:30, the white oscar tries to get away from the pursuing tiger oscar. This aggression from the tiger oscar may get worse, and you might see more damaged fins or loss of scale on the white oscar as a result.

Oscars can become more aggressive as they mature, and it doesn't matter how they act since day one. With a 4 foot tank like your 90g, the most dominant oscar will claim the whole 4 feet of tank space.
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Anything that can help to heal the split fin? I will do another water change tonight.

Should put in some more flake plants or decoration for hiding spot?
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just do the water changes to keep the nitrates below 20ppm, shoukd be enough for the split fin

adding more plants wont help since the aquarium is only 4 feet long and they both know the entire territory
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Thank you very much for all the suggestions.
I will keep the water clean.

I guess the 200 gallon tank will be on the black Friday shopping list. LOL :)
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Rocksor wrote: just do the water changes to keep the nitrates below 20ppm, shoukd be enough for the split fin

adding more plants wont help since the aquarium is only 4 feet long and they both know the entire territory

Also, aren't oscars notorious for this? Digging plants?
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