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Hello!

New person to join the community, my husband noticed white spots on both of our oscars. (I have attached a photo but that as good it was gonna get with these guys) And we also noticed our little orangey has a hole in his head, any idea how to treat these illnesses? or how they occur?? thank you for takin the time to read this.



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They are still very active
still have a normal appetite
our cichlid does not exhibit any of their visual symptoms
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Hello and welcome to OFL.

How big is your tank and what filtration do you use.
The tank is cycled, I suppose?

It could be damage from a sharp object in the tank but I don't know specifics of your tank....
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55 gallon
hang on back filter
levels slightly elevated this morning
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Sorry, I didn't answer the question, but bad waterquality is mostly the cause of Hith. Either to little living space, filtration or not enough or not frequent enough waterchange
Treatment depends on the bottleneck of above posted causes, but a strict wc schedule will be needed to cure beginning Hith.

I can't judge from the pics if it is Hith...
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Sorry, I didn't answer the question, but bad waterquality is mostly the cause of Hith. Either to little living space, filtration or not enough or not frequent enough waterchange
Treatment depends on the bottleneck of above posted causes, but a strict wc schedule will be needed to cure beginning Hith.

I can't judge from the pics if it is Hith...
Edit: we recommend 55Ukgl for a single Oscar.
Do you have future plans?
How big are your Oscars now?
And what where the exact levels when you tested?
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Welcome to our community. Difficult to tell from the photos, the Oscar at the front appears to have an injury, rather than creators caused by hole in the head. But I can be absolutely sure because the photos aren't that clear.

Have you actually tested the water for ammonia, nitrite nitrate and pH? If so, can you please give us the results please

I'm sure that you realise that 55 gallons will not be big enough for two adult Oscars, especially as your filtration is inadequate as well. I think you should consider rehoming one of the Oscars before they get too big. But that's up to you, I can only advise.

If you can get some clearer photos then we can have a look at these marks on the Oscars. But water conditions will give this a good idea of how healthy the tank is.

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Tank pH: 6.8
Ammonia: 0.35
Nitrate: 20

They are both still less than 6 months old.

We have another tank that's 60 gallon tank for when we get a bit older.

I will try to get more pictures shortly
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What makes the filter inadequate?

Is there a better filtration system?
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Hello. Pour water conditions are usually the cause. Ammonia should be 0 and nitrates below 20 at all times. The filter is very short thats why your reandings shows amonia. If you have a bigger tank make the move to it but with more filtration also.
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There's a good reason why an elephant enclosure at the zoo is large. It's a large animal that leaves plenty of space. The same applies to an Oscar. As an adult, they can exceed 12 inches in size and get quite bulky. Fish like this produce a lot of ammonia through breathing and waste. If you've only got a small filter that there won't be enough bacteria to deal with the amount of ammonia then produced and with poor water conditions that are nearly always impossible to improve.

The best way to make sure that you've always got enough biological filtration to deal with the ammonia is to increase the filtration on your tank. If the filter you've got states it's meant for a 50 gallon aquarium, then either install two of them, or find a filter that can infiltrate up to 100 gallons. I always make sure I've got at least double of filtration on an Oscar fish aquarium

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