My Oscar has been sulking

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So lately, for probably about the past few days, my tiger Oscar Luci (about 4") has been laying at the bottom of the tank (70 gal) against some of my tank accessories. He's normally swimming out and about and usually even comes out to see me when I get home from work but he just doesn't seem as lively and hasn't been eating much either. We just recently lost a couple of tank mates to sickness and fighting (both have been or are being treated now) and I'm not quite sure if his behavior is because of that or just from being stressed of having to do mild water changes to get my water levels as prime as possible. I've read that they sulk or look bored and it's just out of his character to do so. My other tank mates (two parrot cichlids, jack dempsey, fire mouth, pleco, pictus catfish) act just fine so maybe he is just really sulking and being lazy? Someone please give me some input to help me figure this out seeing I'm not sure what to do, thanks!
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Hi there, welcome to our community. It is quite normal for Oscars to lean to one side occasionally, but I probably would be a little bit concerned if they were doing it for long periods of time. You say he has not been eating much, is he eating anything? 4 inches? Are we talking three or four months old?

How is the Oscars breathing, does it look a laboured? Have you checked the water parameters, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH? It's obviously the first thing to check if there is something different going on, you got to rule out poor water conditions. The fact that you say your other fish are fine is obviously a good sign. However, 70 gallons is a little bit small for the amount of fish you have got, I think you are a little bit overstocked. Once that Oscar starts getting big, I think you are going to have a real battle with water conditions. Anyway, if you can get back to us we will try and help

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Using a liquid test, ammonia and nitrites should be 0ppm, and nitrates should be under 20ppm.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: My Oscar has been sulking

Hello and welcome to OFL. Cichlid problems are most often directly related to water issues and/or stocking levels. You are seriously overstocked, and most likely water is suffering because of same. The liquid test kit will confirm. Could you also tell us what you have for filtration, and what have you been doing for water changes?


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We're a little overstocked right now but it is only temporary as we're saving for a bigger tank in the future. My Oscar and two parrots are about two months old at this point, I got my Oscar when he was about two inches long and he's grown to four with my parrots being about 2 1/2 inches long each. And with my jack and fire mouth they're only about one and a half right now. Just to clarify with what's in my tank.

But we have been doing water tests lately and we found that we had about a .25 ammonia level reading and our pH was around 7.8 I believe. We've never had problems with our fish until upon recently when we ended up getting an angelfish from pet smart that had been infected with a parasite and he had both passed away and gave it to my other angel which we ended up taking back to the store.
Prior to that, we were doing a water change every week taking out about 25% of the water (being a 70 gal) and post fish death we've done about three water changes including medicinal treatment for both the fish and water quality in attempt to get our ammonia under control and rid from the tank as well as trying to rid the sickness that may have infected our other fish.
Since we've been doing the treatment (raising the temperature because we believe it was ick and using something similar to rid-ick) it's when our oscar had been acting out of sort. I first thought he may have been infected as well but he wasn't showing any symptoms of ick so I passed it off and thought that he may have been stressed from us doing maintenance on the the tank to rid it. My concern is him being so sulky and not eating as much as he had been prior to all of this. We're working to get our water levels back in check and they seem to be getting lower seeing we check it every day.
Please just give me some feedback if I'm doing something I shouldn't be or if you have any other suggestions as to what I can do to get luci back to his normal self, sulky oscars make me sad :/
And thank you for the welcoming's, glad to be here!



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But sometimes he will lean to one side of the tank for 10-20 minutes at a time and just sulks around whereas he would always be interactive with our parrots and play with them. It's just a huge change of character for him to go from that to how he's acting now. I usually feed them twice a day with cichlid pellets and flakes but he's always been the type to chew and spit. Now he just barely touches it which deeply concerns me. I've read I could change his diet which I'm going to try and do with his next feeding to see if that helps.


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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:My Oscar has been sulking

what parasite did the angels have? ich? or something else?

what medicine has been used so far besides rid-ick?

what water conditioner are you using?
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saganmarie replied the topic: Re:My Oscar has been sulking

We had ick and we just used something similar to rid ick and it seemed to have gotten rid of the sickness. But now my parrot is sulking as well. I'm just not sure what to do.

And we use dechlorinator and we're going to try pH down seeing it needs to be lower.
If you have any suggestions of anything else I could be using or is effective that would help I would really appreciate that!

It's my first tank and I'm trying to do as much as I can to get it into the right condition


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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:My Oscar has been sulking

Dont mess with the ph. It is not as simple as using PH down. Fish can tolerate a wide range of ph swings.

I would try Tetra parasite guard, and follow the directions for the maximum amount of treatments.

Another alternative is using API General Cure and Seachem Kanaplex.
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Okay! I'll give that a go


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