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ok i will keep doing some changes and wont let the hardness drop to far!
the strange thing about the oscar he seems to like the catfish coming up to him and to get cleaned he sometimes goes looking for the catfish and makes himself ready for a clean by swimming bit on his side towards the catfish.
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I just did a 40% water change.. the 2 biggest oscars went straight to the bottom and sat there with their dorsel fin straight up in the air.
They also started scratching a little bit, and putting their mouths full of gravel(scooping gravel with their mouth and spitting it out)
could it be that my tapwater all of the sudden is bad since three months or so... i tested it with test strips and liquid tests and all seems ok..
now i mention it in the past i also did water changes with carbon filter to filter the tapwater but that didnt help either..
i have also ran my biggest filter with carbon in it for 4 days but that didnt made any changes aswel
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Suprd71 replied the topic: sick oscars

Laying on bottom, acting dead is all normal during and after water changes. Its disruption of their normal environment. I have a Jack Dempsey cichlid, 5yrs old who will sit in his cave, not come out for up to 12hrs after a water change. Every 4-5 days for 5yrs same thing. Notorious pouters. Mouthing and shuffling gravel and decor is also normal. Cichlids like to dig. Carbon should never be an everyday component of your filter. Carbon will leech toxins back into the water. The space it takes up in the filter is better used for bio media, especially with a heavily stocked tank


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bam225 replied the topic: sick oscars

aight thanks for the reply.
yea i know fish do that while water is changed i just thought i share my info since you never know whit oscars.. and specialy since they are new to me
i tried new different testkit today.. and all same results no amonia no nitrates..
ill keep up the wat changes and see what happens
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bam225 replied the topic: sick oscars

still not much is changing in the tank even with daily water change, but i will keep doing the changes, kan you tell me when i should see any signs of improvement
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PeG replied the topic: sick oscars

Having nitrite, nitrate and ammonia at 0 seem unlikely with your bioload even with frequent water changes. Are you sure that you are using your liquid test correctly? As described in other threads it requires a LOT of shaking. Doing it as I would interpret the product information is not sufficient.
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yes i realy use it correctly and shaking it good. it comes out yellow each time i dont understand! can it be the hose that toxyfies my water.. i use cadmium free yellow garden hose to add new water..
i am sorry i know that my bioload is big but after all the water changes and the testkits i tried it come's out that its not nitrate and amonia poisoning.
what test kits do you guys use maybe i should try something else

owh one more thing i didnt test for n03 yet maybe thats way to high, gonna do that this afternoon
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DRACO replied the topic: sick oscars

NO3 level will determine if you have a working filtration system... if the test shows ZERO,
it means that your filtration system is not enough, not adequate, or not working.
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bam225 replied the topic: sick oscars

i did the no3 test and it shows about 10 to 15 mg of no3 and i did the amonia and no2 test and it comes up zero at 7.3 ph
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Suprd71 replied the topic: sick oscars

Those readings are in line with healthy Oscar friendly water. Your fish should improve if you keep it that way. Shouldnt take long to see positive results


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