Oscar with swollen belly at bottom of 55-gal tank

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I've had two oscars and a plecho in a 55-gallon tank for six months now. Recently, the tank turned green. After water changes, the tank began to clear up, but one of the oscars is now on it's side at the bottom of the tank. Its belly is swollen and it's barely moving. I'd appreciate any advice.
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Vbaby replied the topic: Re:Oscar with swollen belly at bottom of 55-gal tank

welcome to the site hope u enjoy yr stay here.

55g for two oscars are to small 55g is actually only enough for one.

could u provide us with sum water test readings so we can beter analise what is happening in yr tank.

please check this link for more info.
www.oscarfishlover.com/content/view/55/121/

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timskie replied the topic: Re:Oscar with swollen belly at bottom of 55-gal tank

Hi and welcome.Vbaby is right 55 gal is way to small in my opinion 100 imp gal minimum,but you might be ok with 75 gal.I prefer more oscars are very messy fishes.
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OFL replied the topic: Re:Oscar with swollen belly at bottom of 55-gal ta

I love my Oscars, they are definitely my favourite fish, but heck do they have a lot of health problems? swollen abdomens crops up time and time again. there are various factors that can account for this symptom. Remember that a swollen abdomen is a symptom, not a disease or an illness. For this reason, it is extremely difficult to diagnose or cure. it could be something as simple as a digestive problems such as constipation. However, a blocked intestine can be very serious indeed.

Other reasons for swollen abdomen is parasitic infestation, bacterial infection, organ disease. So can see that diagnosis is virtually impossible in many cases. I would suggest that you treat the tank with a broad-based bacterial medication, it's worth a try. however, I don't hold much hope it would work. Also try the same with a parasitic medication. The best thing to do is try and get the fish to injest medication, preferably that has been given to you by a vet. unfortunately in many cases, the fish stops eating so getting medication and side is impossible. It's sad to say but in a lot of these cases, the sad situation is in the lap of the gods. Either the fish gets better, or it doesn't.

If the fish are still eating, try it with peas and see what happens. is the fish breathing heavily at all? that's about as much advice as I can give you at the moment. Any chance you can get some video, or even some good photos?

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delboybully replied the topic: Re:Oscar with swollen belly at bottom of 55-gal ta

Lots of large daily water changes wont do any harm and may help

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