Oscar freaking out

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So, one of my Oscars likes to randomly freak out and repeatedly jump up out of the water and hit the lid of the aquarium. It would happen frequently back when I had both of my O's together in one aquarium. Then I separated them and it pretty much stopped. Now he's starting at it again. I'm afraid he's gonna hurt himself. He's black in color normally, but during these spazz out spells he turns like bright white and afterwards just kinda floats near the surface of the water before swimming back down to the bottom of the tank and hiding. Any advice on how I can alleviate this? He keeps taking little chunks out of his body by doing this and I feel bad for him. :/
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DRACO replied the topic: Re: Oscar freaking out

have you ever observe him/her sliding against the substrate?
sometimes, they feel itchy and tried to scape by swimming fast...
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bluestbluedog replied the topic: Re: Oscar freaking out

Mine must have been doing that lately as I often hear a loud "thump" from the tank and yesterday I noticed the part that holds the light tubes has been dented and pushed up out of shape :dry:
Bit worried now that when he gets bigger he might smash right through and hit the lights or something :unsure:
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sharyn replied the topic: Re: Oscar freaking out

Hi Kelly, just out of interest can you post your water readings - pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate. Sometimes they can try to escape if the water is bothering them.

Also are you sure that your heater is working ok - not shorting out or anything, sometimes faulty equipment can zap them.

How big is your tank? If room allows a couple of other fish like silver dollars or clown loaches might be good - if there is very little movement in the tank they get startled easily by the other fish...but if they are used to lots of movement they react less.

Are you sure they are not fighting and he is not being bullied?

Make sure your lids are weighed down and dont fill your tank to the top - leave a bit of room.

Good luck...Shazzzzzz
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Emily replied the topic: Re: Oscar freaking out

Captain used to do this a lot as well. He would be pitch black in color, then freak out and turn pale. The one time, I was standing just right and figured out that he was having a dispute with his reflection.

The above posts are SUPER posts!
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Kelly1 replied the topic: Re: Oscar freaking out

I will get the water readings later on tonight as I'm about to head to work. I haven't noticed him scraping against the substrate at all. I'm pretty sure the heater is okay, but I will double check that. The tank is a 45-50gal. Not sure exactly. He is the only one in there. I had another in there but I split them up as they got bigger.
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