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One of my smaller oscars has a swollen stomach. He is about 3 or 4 inches. The swelling looks like he has had a really really big meal. The swelling is bigger on one side than the other. Other than the swelling he is fine. Eating well and begging for food as usual

My water readings are ok. Ammonia, nitrite are 0 and nitrites were 25 a day before a water change. My oscars eat maggots on 2 days, prawns once a week, hikari pellets once a week. I tried to take a picture with my phone camera but he wont stay still long enough to get even a half decent picture. Anyone any ideas????

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What you could try doing is cease feeding for a couple of days just in case it is some kind of blockage in the digestive system. Fish can go without food for a long time so don't worry. You could try feeling peas if the Oscar will accept them. This is often used in constipation cases.

Swollen abdomens are not always a good sign. Just keep a very close eye on it. If the swelling is still there after a few days, or it starts getting bigger, I would contact a vet . I would suspect some kind of internal problem, parasite, bacterial, something like that maybe. Of course there's always a chance of a growth internally... My experience with a lot of the off-the-shelf medications is that they don't really work once the Oscar gets to this condition. I suppose it's a bit like shoving a Vic up your nose once you've got full-blown flu. I lost my first big male Tiger Oscar through some kind of internal problem. His abdomen swelled up, I tried various medications but none of them worked. In the end, I use euthanasia on him.

I'm not trying to worry you unnecessarily, I just want to make you aware of my experiences and opinion on your situation.

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delboybully replied the topic: Re:Swollen stomach

Its ok panic over. I dont feed my oscars on sunday night and when I got home tonight(monday) ,he was back to normal. I think this points to constipation. I shall be keeping an even closer eye on him ,and the others, than I usually do. Hopefully it was just one off and wont happen again



As for feeding peas, I know nothing about this. Do you buy frozen peas ,shell and defrost them and chuck them in. What about fresh peas? Do you cook them or just dip them in boiling water

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OFL replied the topic: Re:Swollen stomach

Glad to hear that everything is okay.

Actually, I have only ever tried Oscars with peas once, they spat them out in disgust so I never bothered again. Normal frozen peas will be more than adequate. However, don't be at all surprised if they just spit them out.

Whole shrimps/prawn are very good, the outer shell contains a lot of fibre which is good.

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Mr Cracker replied the topic: Re:Swollen stomach

Don't give up on the peas to quick. O's tend to spit them out at first but IME they do eventualy love them. Most of them anyway Oscars can not be lumped into one standard.

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delboybully replied the topic: Re:Swollen stomach

I feed my oscars shelled prawns once a week but not whole ones. Will keep a look out for some. Will keep you posted on what happends on the peas front. Will try them thursday

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I think you are much more likely to succeed in feeding the more unusual foods such as peas to you Oscars if they are introduced to them at a younger age. I will try my Oscars with them. I'm pretty sure they will accept them, they seem to eat everything else I give them with no problems.

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I kept forgetting to try the peas, but not tonight. I fed as usual at about 8. At half 9, I threw a few peas in and they ate them. Woohoo.

How often should I feed peas,once a week? Should this be instead of normal feed or as an addition at some other time of day?

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