oscar sleepswimming???

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I put this post here because i dont know how to classify it...Ok here goes in the morning before i go to work i will turn on the tank lights one morning i was going to the bathroom and hadnt went in there yet as i was walking by i heard a big splash coming from the tank so i turned on the light and all my fish were in sleep mode all on the bottom not moving etc so i shrugged it off...

last night i was going to the kitchen and heard a splash from down the hall went in there same thing all on bottom sleeping LOL so this morning i got up bout 6am and instead of turning on the light i sat and watched them with just the light in the room on...after about 5 mins one my small red oscars just swam at a sprint went to the surface and tailwalked all the way across the tank even heard his head bounce off of the top of the tank a few times then he just sank slowly and gracefully back down to the bottom and looked like he was sleeping again LMAO this particular fish does all kinds of wierd things i will miss him when hes gone thats for sure but as for his sleeping thing does anyone elses fish do these types of things?
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OFL replied the topic: Re: oscar sleepswimming???

This is not uncommon and is probably one of the main reasons why a lid is very important as Oscars will often for no reason at all jump out of their tank. Even though fish do sleep, they are still aware of what is going on around them so you could well find that the fish was spooked whilst he was sleeping which made him do what he did.

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jacki.r3 replied the topic: Re: oscar sleepswimming???

I hope this doesn't apply to you. My one O did this for about three nights in a row. It was then that I discovered the tank was high in ammonia. He would splash and jump around at night more so than during the day. Little did I know he was reacting to ammonia as well as a ffungal infection. I took him out of tank in morning. He was laying on bottom with whits spots on him. Took him to LFS for treatment. He died shortly after I dropped him off there. So apperntly he was trying to get out of water. My other Oscar never acted this way and has survived and is thriving in a new home today. Hopefully she won't have any long term damage. I've seen her as recent as 1 week ago and she looks great.
Moral: Might want to test water just to be on safe side.
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fakk2 replied the topic: Re: oscar sleepswimming???

its not the water parameters i got 0 ammonia 0 nitrite and 10-15 nitrates ph is a 7.6...

but the spooked thing i could understand if oscars have a lateral line like other types of fish they can feel things and can actually home into food in low water clarity such as largemouth bass in a coffee with cream looking river same goes with detecting predators etc so maybe he bumped into some decor or one of the other oscars as they tend to drift a little while theyre on the bottom sleeping because my filter creates some current in the tank
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jheckman91 replied the topic: Re: oscar sleepswimming???

My Oscar does this all the time as well ever since I got him, the only thing I think you should be worried about is the Oscar crashing into things, I limited the amount of sharp decor he can cut himself on, as your Oscar getsbigger this might become a problem for you. What helped me alot was the nighttime lights. My Oscars have had alot less crashes since I got them
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