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ok im new here but have been an oscar enthusiast for some time now.... i have an oscar......common green one.....have had him for close to 4 years....about 14-15 inches long....but i have noticed for the past couple months that his right side is swolen behind his side fins and he swims upside down...he sits upside down for lengths of time and i just thought he might like to do that....because he always rights himself when i come up to the tank.....hes in a 55 gallon tank, only other thing in there is a 15 inch algae eater......but today when i got homew from work he was swimmin at the top of the tank upside down and cant get right side up for more than a sec or so then that side drifts back up... he eats and doesnt really act weird other than the occasional sleepin upside down.....i really dont want my fish to die and was wondering if someone would shed some light on this situation for me.. thanks
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Difficult to say. Somebody else contacted me today with a very similar problem. Friend of mine had an Oscar which they unfortunately had to be put down . This fish was acting very similar to yours, it wasn't sitting straight in the water, it was actually sitting vertically. . I suppose there could be a possibility that there is a problem with the fishes swim bladder. Swimbladder disorders can certainly cause fish real problems. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to cure. As for these swelling behind the fins, that isn't really a particularly good sign out you just don't know what's going on underneath, I have got to be honest with you, I'm really not sure. Like I said, I would hazard a guess that there is a swimbladder problem if the fish can't right itself properly. To get a proper diagnosis, you would have to visit a vet who specialises in fish. I will post another message tomorrow after I have had a good look through my fish health book. There may be something we can do to try and help. I really don't think the outlook is good unfortunately. Have you tested the water. I have to tell you that your tank is grossly overstocked with that algae eater. Those fish are incredibly messy and will turn water to crap in no time at all. Doubling up the Oscar, I dread to think what sort of bio load is being produced. You have to remember that poor water conditions is one of the main contributions to ill health. However, I am certainly not saying that this is what is causing your problem. Test the water, ammonia/nitrite/nitrate and post the results

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apimpnamedmilkman replied the topic: Re:sick fish....

wow....i didnt know that algae eater was such an issue....i will get my stepdad to check the ph levels an all that and see what it is...i thank you for the attention to my problem..
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Visit this website http://www.plecofanatics.com/ this will give you the lowdown on pleco's. There are quite a few that only reach around 8 inches, I have seen them in my local fish shop but a lot of them are very very expensive. The cheaper ones that you normally find being sold are the ones that get very big. There are also small ones that I wouldn't personally advise putting in with an Oscar, it could make a very tasty snack. I have tried them twice and both times have removed them because of the mess they make.

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