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After purchased a very healthy 2.5" baby tiger oscar , these white bands showed over his body.


https://vimeo.com/125217972

It is almost like he swam under some soider webs.

Water conditions:

Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0
Nitrates: between 0 and 5 (as a baby, he is on a heavily planted tank)

Tank is cycled (since November), 60 gallons with a male betta and some blue rams. Total load in "inches" below 6. Filtration is done by a Fluval 406 and a (still cycling) AquaClear 110.

Again, the white marks appeared within 24 hours. Fish is shy, not eating well as first day. Temperature is 79F.

Please let me know if you need any further info to generate a diagnosis or point me in the right direction.

Thank you.
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DRACO replied the topic: Skin condition

those white stuff is basically the fisrt defense when fish is stressed...
from warmer tank to colder one...
you can lower the level of your water and
gradually raised the temp to 82 deg F ( 28deg C)...

your fish will recover soon...
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Rcguerra replied the topic: Re:Skin condition

Thank you for the prompt reply. I will adjust the temperature and come back here with an update.
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DRACO replied the topic: Re:Skin condition

the logic of lowering the water level is to fast track the heating process,
then gradually add new water as if you are doing water change.
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Rcguerra replied the topic: Re:Skin condition

For a 60 Gallon tank, I have 2 250w. Heaters. One stays at 79, the other one as a backup at 78, almost never turning on (and I alternate them weekly). I just placed both @ 82 when I read the message, this morning the fish was already more alert and the temperature was near 82.

It surprises me that such a small difference would cause so much stress. I am coming from breeding bettas, those guys are the super soldiers of fishes. I just need to accept that not all species are that much resilient.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:Skin condition

Stress will cause loss of slime coat. Give the oscar time to adjust and keep the lights off.

I keep my oscar in a wide range of temperature from 73f in the winter to 84f in the summer. In the winter, the tank can go through a rapid 5 degree loss of temperature when I do a water change, and I never had an issue with loss of slime.
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Rcguerra replied the topic: Skin condition

The skin seems to be a lot better. I am now concerned with some opacity on both eyes. I am so sorry for being such a noob, but I have been dealing with bettas for 3 years, thought some of my transferable skills would make this a lot easier.






He/she is still not eating, but I spotted him swimming around in the middle of the night.

Is the eye spot also stress related and should go away?

Thank you so much for your time.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Skin condition

Yes the eye spot is realated to stress and maybe a sign of an infection, so is that clear poo. Keep the lights off.

I would get some methylene blue, and put him in a bath of 1ml of meth blue to 1 gallon of water for 30 minutes.
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Thank you.
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Rcguerra replied the topic: Skin condition

Even though a followed all the directions given, the oscar was found dead this morning.
I believe it is important to share this because there are always lessons to be learned. In this particular case, I am on the opposite side of the situation as the least experienced one (not the one typically giving advice).
Thank you for all the help. One of the negative sides or dealing with life is facing death from time to time.
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