my oscar is acting wierd

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yeah..my oscar has been acting wierd for the past 2 days.....my oscar is 5 years old..and healty..or so i thought...like i said hes been acting wierd, floating at the top of the tank, and its not that hes hanging out up there..he can;t go down into the water...its like hes ful of air or somthing...i have pictures if itll help....he floats at the top with the top of his back out of the water and sometimes he floats on his side at the top of the tank....it doesen't look like his stomach is bloated and he doesen't have any werd fungus or bakteria ( that i can see) but like i said..hes been doing this for 2 days now. i woke up this morning and thought it was dead...so i reaced in there and gave him a poke...he darted to the botom and floated rite back up..please help....i called the pet store they diden't have anything usefull to tell me...so i guess this is the last resort..next step is killing the poor guy....so if anyone can help..please do...
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johnl replied the topic: Re:my oscar is acting wierd

Sounds like a swim bladder problem. I'm not real familiar with this but I'm sure others will chime in. Don't euthanize him yet there is more than likely a solution to your problem. I did a search on Google for "swim bladder disease" and came up with quite a few links. Hang in there I'm sure someone can help.

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metoo replied the topic: Re:my oscar is acting wierd

Yeah, swim bladder was my first thought too, since it's the organ that helps them keep their balance and enables them to swim at different water levels. As I understood it, floating would mean there's too much air in the swim bladder while the opposite would be they sit on the ground and have trouble getting to the top.
Is it eating still? I seem to remember people recommend feeding deshelled peas in case of an inflated swim bladder, but no experience with that myself.
I also read about punctuating the swim bladder but would definitely leave that to a vet, and you might end up with a so called "belly slider" then.
Hope someone else can tell you more, and crossing fingers he recovers!

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delboybully replied the topic: Re:my oscar is acting wierd

There is a treatment for swim bladder disease, so try that. Interpet do one and im sure there are others makes

I know someone who keeps koi etc. She said she had a fish that was always upside down and it didnt right itself after a few days, so what she did was trap the fish such that it was up the right way and couldnt move (without squashing it off course and allowing water to flow thro). The next day she released it from it trap and it was fine. It may have been coincidence but it worked for her. If the swim bladder treatment dont work try trapping it on the bottom with some rocks or something substantial. You might want to try this before you euthanise the fish.

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pluto1590 replied the topic: Re:my oscar is acting wierd

thanks for the advice..here ie a picture of him...hope someone can help me figure out whts wrong......oh and he hasn't eaten since he started to float like this.....
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pluto1590 replied the topic: Re:my oscar is acting wierd

ok lets see if it lets me poast it now...
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pluto1590 replied the topic: Re:my oscar is acting wierd

WWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
my fish is doing much better now! thanks for all the help..i think it was the peas i fed him..or the music i was playing...but i started cleaning my house today, and playing the smashing pumpkins realy oud and next thing i know my oscar is swiming around like normal...he was at the top of the tank for 4 days..unable to swim down..and today hes just fine..so what ever helped him be it the music or the peas it worked....woot! happy new year
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metoo replied the topic: Re:my oscar is acting wierd

Happy New Year, wohoo! That's wonderful news :woohoo:

Maybe the bass rhythms made him burp, hey? (or fart?:S):lol:
Anyway, very glad to hear that, it's scary to see a fish floating like that.
I shall try Smashin Pumpkins ... although I have no sick fish, but maybe it helps with cleaning the house!

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Vbaby replied the topic: Re:my oscar is acting wierd

happy to hear yr o is ok.

yr o looks really pretty and at least he's got good taste in music too.

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pluto1590 replied the topic: Re:my oscar is acting wierd

hes still doing better but now hes got a big bruse looking spot on his side. and is stil floating wierd..any way...happy new year!
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