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Hi everyone. I have a 7" Albino Tiger whom is a little over 7 months old. He has been a healthy fish and I have not had many problems. He does from time to time get a little too rowdy at night shuffling plants and stones around. Every once in awhile he will try to fly, only to be knocked down by the secured lid. (I lost my first Oscar in a freak accident and go to all lengths to make sure this one won't suffer the same faith.)
Well, last night was one of these nights. I was awakened to what I thought was glass breaking but found everything was intact. He was jumping again. I noticed that this time he gave himself a pretty good scrape on his upper back near his fin. It wasn't punctured or anything, just a scrape and some missing scales. I went back to bed and got up this morning, everything was fine. He swam around beggig for breakfast as usual. But, on my return from work, I found him floating at the top of the tank in the far right corner. I figured he was napping so I said my normal greeting to him, and thumped on the glass. Not much of a response. I continued to try to get him to liven up, but nothing. I was starting to panic, something is wrong. My first thought was to check my water. Nitrite - 0. Ammonia - .25. Nitrate - 30. I decided to do about a 20% water change on my 55 gal. anyway. Once I began the water change, he came to life. Swimming back and forth, up and down, and even bumping into my gravel vac on purpose, just like he always does. The rowdy guy was back. I figured that he must have been sleeping since he was up all night partying. I gave him a few choice words and filled the aquarium back up. Within 5 - 10 minutes, he was back up in the corner, acting as though he might belly up at any moment. I tried some dried shrimp to coax him out but nothing works. He wouldn't eat the shrimp. You all know that there is something seriously wrong if an Oscar won't eat.
I am very puzzled. I called my small local pet store where I shop often. They have always been helpful and knowledgeable with my questions. First thing I thought of was swim bladder but this fish was all over the place while I was vacuuming his tank. They told me to treat with my Herbtana and just give it till tomorrow that he could have gave himself a concussion, brain damage, and even internal injuries. I was just wondering what some of you experienced Oscar Lover's might think about my poor O.
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Sounds like you are under filtered or have lost the cycle on the tank. Nitrates should always be below 20 ppm an ammonia and nitrite should always be zero. You need to up your maintenance a bit . What filters do you have and how do you clean them.?


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I agree with increased maintenance. How is this fishy doing today?
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Sorry I abandoned my post. Fishy wasn't the only one who got sick. He is much better and I am getting better. I had bronchitis and a double ear infection that I was dealing with when I caught the flu. Talk about being miserable. Anyhow, back to fishy.
Fishy returned to normal the next day. He either had severe gas from gulping at his treats or he knocked himself senseless for a bit. He was ready to eat so I fed him his usual but included a few peas to help him out.
I'm running the fluval 406 but obviously got behind because of my illness. I also run 2-60 gallon, hang off the back filters. All readings are at 0 again.
He has been very, very active lately. I'm thinking maybe puberty. He fights his reflection all day and night. He went crazy yesterday, racing back and forth, up and down. He ran into the glass and did not stop until he went vertical, hit the lid and splashed water all over my wall. I have velcro straps securing the lids but obviously he lifted the whole thing up. He has a small bit of skin hanging off his lip that doesn't seem to be botherig him from his latest venture. Anyone know why he's become so rowdy? any suggestions that might help mellow him out? I am watching him right now shuffle rocks to one end of the tank, only to stop for a few minutes here and there to flare up at his reflection or attack the filtration tubing. What a little bad ass he has become. Then, just as suddenly as he began his wild rampage, I'll look over and he'll be starring at me. He's starting to freak me out a bit. I've been treating with herbtana since the first incident, just to help with his slime coat and maybe, just maybe, mellow him out a bit. Anyone have any other suggestions?
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Not much you can do about him attacking his reflection. Just keep the nitrates below 20ppm, and do a 50% water change every 3-4 days. Having high nitrates, and traces of either ammonia or nitrites, will make oscars more irritable.
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Nina_W replied the topic: Oscar floating in the corner

glad to hear you're and fishy is all better.

Not sure what you mean with all numbers are zero, there should pretty much always be some nitrates.

X2 on what Rocksor said. Sometimes they just have moods.
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All were 0 yesterday, just did a 50% waterchange. Nitrates at 5 today. O - nitrites. 0 - ammonia. He banged himself up again earlier so he's floating in the corner again. I don't know what to do with him. Water is good, treated with herbtana again.
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Whats the tank temperature?
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79 degrees
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