2 new baby tiger oscars...problems

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I bought 2baby tiger Oscars from the same tank at the local pet shop just over a week ago... they are eating well but most of the time I see them they are both in the corner together. They get very excited and spice up when I come at feeding times jumping out at the food also..
And the smaller of the two looks like he has been picked at or is sick? I'm not sure they always seem to like each other and almost cuddle together.. please help
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re: 2 new baby tiger oscars...problems

What size is your tank? Is this a new setup and has not been cycled?
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sharyn replied the topic: Re: 2 new baby tiger oscars...problems

Ditto...what size is your tank, did you cycle it and what is happening with your water - did you get a test kit for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH?
What are you feeding them and how often? What filter are you running and have you done any water changes yet?
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auburnaquarist replied the topic: Re: 2 new baby tiger oscars...problems

the one thing you can be sure of with oscars is they sure love their food-if they don't want to eat that is a sure sign something is terribly wrong-yours are still eating so they aren't in that bad of a shape.
the one that looks beaten up-were they in a tank with any other fish at the pet store? those could be possible culprits for the injuries on your fish, as well as rough handling during transport.
did you cycle your tank at all before putting them in? it takes at least six weeks for a tank to fully cycle with no fish in it before the nitrite and ammonia levels reach safe levels for fish. get a test kit and check the levels of ammonia and nitrite-this could be your problem. also, since oscars eat alot, they also crap alot, which means you have to have a larger tank and change the water more often.
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