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I have a white tiger oscar about 3 and half inches. He hasnt been eating for about 2 days he is not swimming around ethier. He is bobbing his mouth alot . He is in a 55 gallon tank. The water parameters are ph 7.2 ammonia 0 nitrite 0 and nitrate 15. I treated him with API GENERAL CURE. Thank you.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: help pls

You shouldnt medicate unless you are sure whats wrong, if anything. Whats the lighting like? Albino/Lutinos react poorly to too much light. Maybe he don't like the food anymore? Whats the temperature? Does he have shelter to feel secure? Water is good if your tests are accurate, so really just guessing at this point. When in doubt, do a big water change.


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Ive been keeping the lights off for a few days he is a white oscar.I was going to give him bloodworms today to see if he eats. the temp is 78 degress farenheit.He has shelter and if I do a wter change howmuch. tHANK YOU
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How much water change have you been doing as a regular thing? Young Oscar will do best in as clean of water as possible. 78 temp is ok, I personally keep my Oscars a bit higher, around 82. Warmer water may raise his activity level and metabolism. You should be doing a 75% w/c at least once a week for his current size. More often as he grows. To better acclimate to cleaner water, do 50% every 2-3 days before going large volume


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Garofano627 replied the topic: help pls

I usaullty change 25 percent and vaccum gravel every sunday and would you recommend rasing the temp
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Suprd71 replied the topic: help pls

Raise temp to 80. More volume water change. 25% weekly is far too little. Even a small Oscar is a big bioload. 55g isn't a big enough volume to have significant toxin dilution. If you can only do a weekly change, make it 90%. Twice a week at 75% per will make a happier fish. Oscar will also some day need a bigger tank.


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I just raised the temp to 80 degress but if i change 90 percent weekly is that going to destroy the biolgical filteration and
why does he need a bigger tank i though 55 was enough for one
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The beneficial bacteria that cycles your tank is primarily in your filters bio media. It is not free swimming in the water column. Some clings to deco and substrate, but its the filter media that counts. Therefore, properly done water changes with conditioner will never hinder the tanks cycle. You can do large volume daily, twice daily if you want. Super clean, pristine water is only benefit for Oscar. A standard 55g with a 12in width is too small for an adult Oscar. No fish should have a length that is above 75% of tank width. Therefore, an 8in fish is maxed out on a 12in wide tank. Oscar can easily reach 14ins, where imo and experience, a tank of 5ft long, 18in wide and over 100 gallons is needed. Oscar does not do well in cramped space. They grow fast. You need a bigger tank in 4-6 months.


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DRACO replied the topic: help pls

with 55 gal, you can still make your fish healthy by doing frequent water change. however, as Suprd71 suggested, you need to upgrade the tank sooner...
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