Oscar lazy, sick, bored or need sun glasses?????

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As many of you know I have a 12 1/2 inch rescued O that I have had for almost 2 months. His HITH is getting better ( takes a long time with the damage that was done prior ) and he is eating well on NLS pellets, predator sticks and freeze dried krill. The problem I am having is that he lies around a lot behind the rocks I have in the tank. He will take tours of the tank ( 75g) on occasion and swim through my bubble wand (seems to like that ) but most of the time he is stationary. He hates the light on and always hides when it it on. When off he will come out and swim a wee bit but then hide again like he is doing now. Did a water test and the pH is 7.0, ammonia is 0, NO2 is 0.1mg/L ( test kit is by Nutrafin and the colour scale goes from 0.1 being lowest to 3.3 being DANGER!!!!! :) ) The Gh is 40 so I have soft water and the KH is is 20mg/L. ( I know on the low side and I have a hard time keeping it up) I have heard the test kit I have are not the best but it is what I have :)
The light i use is a shop light with only one 32 watt t8 bulb. ( took the other out thinking that 2 was way to much light for him and the cause of his actions. Maybe I still have to much light since O's like subdued lighting? )
Water temp is about 78 to 80 F.
Any thoughts as to why he is so lazy and shy?
Only other tank mates are a feather finned cat and a pleco
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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: Oscar lazy, sick, bored or need sun glasses?????

Does he come begging when you walk up to the tank???
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I feed him in the evening and once I get the food and show him it he comes out and swims over to the front of the glass. He then waits till I drop in food one by one as he eats them. I know he is done when he losses interest in them. He usually hammers the first bits of food then casually goes after the rest as I feed him.
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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: Oscar lazy, sick, bored or need sun glasses?????

Maybe spend a little time just sitting in front of the tank so he gets used to you being there...

I would bet he is just skittish...
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okay I will try that but I am home all the time and always doing something with my tanks or just sitting as you suggest. He acts like none of the stories other people have told about how their O's behave.
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