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Hello All! This is my first post. Glad to join the group and always wanted an Oscar since I was like 14 (now 41). LOL

Anywho, I have a problem with my first Oscar, which I purchased last weekend. First, here are my parameters.

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Eheim 1262 (900gph) with staged foam pads a 10L Ehiem Bio
It's been running now 5-6 weeks and cycled with fish (now that fish given back to store before Oscar added).
0 Amm, 0 Nitrite, 5ppm Nitrate, PH 8, 81F

The fish I had in before was a spunky bugger, no problems. I added in a log same time I added the Oscar. I couldn't fit it in a pot, but I poured boiling water over it. I have since removed because maybe source of issue.

The issue is as follows. Oscar is very shy, he is not eating very much, the odd pellet that flies by him and sometimes he just spits them out. They are Omega One and New Life Nutrition (some of the best brands in my opinion).

I noticed in the store he had something on his lip, but thought it would just go away. Not sure if it got worse, but it's there. Now I notice the tips of his fins turning clear. Is this fin rot? Also, there is spot on side of gill that looks like a wound, that I did not see before. See below photos.

I think is low/shy behavior is something to do with these conditions.

Please give me your thoughts on what to do next!
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Hello and welcome to OFL. Here's what you have... a fine looking , healthy young Oscar. Spot on the gill plate is a scrape. Very common and will go away. The white on the fins is new growth membrane, and is very much a positive thing. Picky eating is very common upon settling into a new tank. Keeping lights low is always good for light sensitive Oscars, lights off during settling in period may help. He will eat regular when he is ready. Your water parameters are great, keep it that way. Change as much water as often as you can. Start offering a varied diet. Freeze dried foods like krill and shrimp give high protein for a growing fish. Get a good veg based pellet in the diet. I use Northfin kelp wafers, designed for plecos and such, but very good for Oscar. Try some fruit pieces.Oranges, pears, mango. Added VitC is a huge bonus. To reassure.. there are no problems, your young Oscar looks great!


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Awesome Suprd71, Thank you so much for your reply. I went to the LFS yesterday and they basically said the same. I walked away with some melafix but didn't dose the tank. Will keep on hand just in case. Good to hear all is normal. I also thought he was a really nice specimen. I have like 8 different foods but for sure I could go with wafers for greens as I have New Life Spectrum Algae max but the pellets are far too small. I'm waiting for this guy to be at the surface of the water and just gulp down anything. He completely ignored peas and lucky to get him to eat 4x 3mm pellets. He's eating, so that's the important thing!

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Suprd71,

Sorry, me again. What about that bubble or cyst looking thing on his lip? I know I've seen some other adult oscars have this kind of wart that never goes away. Is this a sign of one?
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If they won't eat peas then try giving them shrimps or prawns. But make sure they are unpeeled because the outer shell adds roughage to the fish's diet and can aid the digestive system a little bit like peas can. Mind you, I don't know when an Oscar would ever come across a garden pea in their natural environment :-)

Anyway, you have some very very nice looking Oscars so you don't have anything to worry about.

EDIT: sorry, I've just seen that you posted whilst I was writing my message. Personally, I can't actually see what you're talking about on the fish's lip. However, if it's what I think you're talking about then there's nothing to worry about because Oscars often developed what looks like a cyst or a warts on the lower lip. I think it's got something to do with the way that they think and clean rocks. I could be wrong, but that's my only theory as to why they develop these strange lumps.

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I also see nothing really as far as the lip goes. Oscars can develop whats sometimes called a chin pimple. Some get one, some dont. Harmless nonetheless. NLS Algeamax is great veg feed, but true to character, the big mouthed Oscar wont even look at tiny pellets. If you like Omega1 products, look at their Veggie Rounds. Big mouth will grab that I bet! Something else I use, and I do know it is an aid, is liquid vitamin. Boyd's Vitachem or Seachem Nourish. Saturate a meal in this liquid couple times a week.. dont pour it in the water(waste). I must also caution against over feeding. Once your Oscar gets comfy in his home, and makes the direct connection to you and food, he will wiggle and dance for food every time he sees you. Resist the urge to feed, his long term health is very reliant on a balanced diet. Quality over quantity every time


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