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Hey all, I am new to the Oscar Fish Lover. I brought in Albino Oscar to home yesterday and ever since I have put it in the already running tank she is acting like dead, lying on her side on the bottom of tank, not eating either. Once a while she gets up though but again come down. her fins are fine and I see them moving. I have been supervising whole day yesterday and she is not swimming like my other fishes do in the other tank. I was trying to change stuff here there in the tank so she got up and swam so fast that she hit the tank lid. that freaked me out. Can anyone please help me..
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Welcome to our little community. What you are experiencing isn't that uncommon, new babies often withdraw into themselves and can behave quite strangely for the first day or two. However, I wouldn't expect a new baby to behave like this for too long, they are normally very hungry and want feeding all the time. I suppose the obvious question should be, have you tested the water? Have you got any other fish in the aquarium?I'm assuming the answer is yes since you said the tank was already running. Maybe you can tell us a bit more about your setup, filtration, tank size, water quality, others fish in the tank etc, lately then we can help you more. But until we get some important answers such as water quality, x-ray difficult to give you an answer that we all agree on.

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Hello, I would love to post picture but I could not see the option as I am new to this forum as well. Tank been running for about a month, I had Gaurami and an Angel fish in it but I returned them cuz the Gaurami was continually attacking the Angelfish so after taking these 2 fishes out I brought in Oscar fish as I always wanted to have one of these; in a 40 Gallon for now, Water temp is 72. I am going to take water sample for testing. I just brought oscar yesterday eve so its less then 24 hours. Filter is running and I have some live plants in it. Please let me know if you would like me to answer anymore question. I am feeding cichlid food. Baby is about 3 or 4 inches.
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Hi - welcome to OFL. If you need answers to your oscar questions, you've come to the right place.

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If the tank has been running for a month, it's probably still going through the cycling process. I'd encourage you to get an API master test kit to test the water. If you take a water sample into the petstore to have it tested, please ask for and write down the numbers for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate so we'll know if it's still cycling.

72ºF is on the low end of the scale. I'd gradually increase the temperature over the course of a couple days to 78ºF.

I'll ask you a few questions. Have you been doing partial water changes? If so, how much and how often? Do you have a water conditioner to remove chlorine and/or chloramine when you add new water. I highly recommend 'Prime' for your water conditioner. So the oscar is alone in the 40 gallon?

I'll also ask you to keep in mind that your oscar will need a bigger tank. Here's a video I shot yesterday of my medium sized 11" adult oscar in a 75 gallon. Notice that even in a 75g, he could use some more room to maneuver front to back (18").

Oscars often sulk when they are moved. Don't try feeding him if you don't think he'll eat. He'll stop sulking to eat soon enough. The most important thing right now is to get that test kit or get the readings for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate.

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Thank You so much. I will get a kit today and will get back to you as soon as I can..
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Rogue_Violetta replied the topic: Oscar fish acting dead although alive

I second everyone else.

And you have a playing dead one! My girl, Malekith, still does that now and then, had her almost a week. Last night, Lamm and Mr. Lamm came over, and she played dead with the side of the tank, and the filter intake. And boy can she play dead. She's not very good at it though! You'd think a 25cm rescue would know better, lol. They can also sometimes breathe with one side of their gills, as a small warning.

It's normal for them to play dead as they get used to new surroundings. Apparently it's a defence mechanism, though it has to be a pretty silly one, lol.

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artaj replied the topic: Oscar fish acting dead although alive

Hey everyone,
So I have been watching the Oscar's progress and seems like she's just a drama queen, when we turn off the living room lights she start swimmin and enjoying but the moment we turn on she go hide behind the plants and rocks.
We got her water tested and then told to change 10% little bit nitrite was high so got tested again after few days and its all good now.
Now the thing is that all day long she's hiding behind the plants and as I said will only comes out if we keep our LR lights off. Will she change with a new tankmate ? What tankmake would you bring home for this kinda tantrum. I would like to see her swimming around otherwise fish tank look so fishless and empty.. plz help..
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Please take my advice and don't put another fish in the tank with your oscar. Behavior like this is not uncommon for oscars. Your oscar will begin swimming around the tank and will overcome the shyness. Oscars do well alone. People have a hard time believing this sometimes, but they are happier to be alone than with another fish. Also, keep in mind that you need a 55 gallon or 75 gallon for a single oscar.

Petsmart has 40 gallons listed as the tank size needed for an oscar. Unfortunately, they sell more with that approach. The fact that your thinking about adding another fish shows that you're already on the wrong path. They'll end up getting sick and you'll spend money on medication. They'll die and you'll buy new fish. That's just more money for the big chain stores. You'll never learn about how to keep that one oscar alive and well unless you listen to the people here with decades and lifetimes of experience keeping fish. They have no agenda and want no money from you. We only want what's best for you and the oscar.
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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Oscar fish acting dead although alive

What tank size is it ?
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