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delboybully replied the topic: Re:worried oscar owner

The strip test kits can be a little unreliable especially when you have had them a while. The bottle testers are better, they are more expensive but you get a lot if tests.

Your nitrite should be zero, if it isnt zero then your tank isnt cycled fully. This may explain your oscars behaviour. I would do daily water changes of at least 20% until nitrite is zero

Nightcrawlers are what we in the uk calls worms. Oscars love them, mine go mad for them. Make sure you take them from a place where pesticides are not used. I get mine from my garden which i know are safe as i dont used pesticides. I just pop mine in the tank but some people cut the head and tail off and squeeze the mud out(this is a messy job)

Alternatively you should be able to buy them from fishing tackle shops if you have any nearby

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smoke replied the topic: Re:worried oscar owner

hey fellow oscar dudes. just wanted to let you know my buddy seems to be coming around. he's swimming laps in the new digs and even visiting his worried pappy at the glass. but still no luck with the eating .. i dropped a fresh clean live nitecrawler in his tank and thought he started munching on it but it seems he just wanted to throw it around a little. he didnt eat it. so i'm still keeping a close eye on him. i will pick up the new test bottle you suggest next time i get to town thanx for all of your assistance you guys and this site are awesome.
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smoke replied the topic: Re:worried oscar owner

hey guys remember me... put my oscar in a new 55 and almost killed him on new years day...my oscar finally started coming around on the 14th and now he's pretty much back to himself...still not fully back to his full eating habits but thats good though cause he needed to be cut back a little...as soon as i can figure out how to use this new didgital camera and get a picture on line i will so you can see my tiger oscar. can anyone tell me the benifeits of a sandy bottom as opposed to a rocky bottom...thanx
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Miahl71 replied the topic: Re:worried oscar owner

Glad to hear you fish is back to normal. It just must have been mad at you for a little while. ;)

Name - Miah, Age - 36, Gender - Male, Location - Rhode Island

75 gal tank w/ 5 O\'s 2 Albino, 1 Tiger, 1 Red, 1 Lemon. All Juveniles. Building (1) 150 gal tank soon to be ready for spring. Hope to get a breeding pair out of the 5 I have.
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