Oscar covered in white patches

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So a day ago my oscar began acting lethargic and not eating much. The next day he was much worse. White patches on his body, fins, and one of his eyes. Nothing had changed about his tank, hes the only one living in the tank. No new food. Nothing. What is this? Though ich at first. Now I have no idea.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Oscar covered in white patches

Hello and welcome to OFL. Oscar looks to have scrapes on his body that may be turning fungal. The eye is called cloudy eye and is caused from exposure to poor water quality. Can you offer more info on the tank and its maintenance sched? How often do you do water changes? Do you have water parameter readings? Ammonia, nitrite and nitrate need to be monitored.


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Hes just a baby and right now hes in a 40 gallon. (Waiting on a 60 from a friend) and I do a 25% water change every two weeks. I dont have readings at the moment. Waiting on a ride to the pet store to get some strips and a new filter cartridge. I did an emergency 50% water change and started giving him pimafix I had on hand. His water temperature stays around 77 degrees.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Oscar covered in white patches

For now the problem is water quality. Your water changes should be at minimum 75% weekly. I suspect the tank is not cycled and the little Oscar is being poisoned. You need to do 50-75% w/c MINIMUM every 2 days. If you can get a liquid test kit, skip the strips. Strips are not accurate. Cartridge style filters are not up to the task of filtering an Oscar tank. They dont have the bio media capacity. If you like hob style filters, look at Aquaclear orFluval C series. For now, change water. As much volume and as often as possible. Use a quality conditioner. Seachem Prime is most trusted. 77 is ok for temp, lower 80's is closer to the Oscars comfort level. Obviously 60g is better than 40, but a 60 is still too small long term. This is a fish that can exceed 14ins and weigh over 2lbs. Big fish need big space. If they dont get it they wont do well


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DRACO replied the topic: Oscar covered in white patches

Suprd71 got you covered.... 25% water change every 2 weeks is not enough. what is your feeding regiment can contribute for water toxin.

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