Hints to help my new fella

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So i bought an Oscar that i shouldn't have (private sale). She's/ He's in poor condition. But i'm a sucker so i brought him/her home, and have set him up in his own tank. Apparently the bloke i bought him off only got him Wednesday and i picked him up Sunday. From Wed to Sun he was is a 3ft tank with 2 or 3 other oscars, smaller than him, he's about 30cm. When i picked him up, he was in a normal bucket, not even half filled with water.
The aquarium guys i went to was surprised that she/he was still alive with how toxic his water was. All that was tested was way off the charts :( Is there anything you guys suggest that i can do for him that i haven't already done. I've brought him home, set up a 4ft tank with used water, used canister filter, heat and aeration in a quiet room.

He has damage to his side, scales, his/her fins and its mouth isn't normal also.
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purplecandle replied the topic: Hints to help my new fella

Geeze! That guy took some damage! Looks like he's a jumper/banger with that mouth. Man, he's just tore up! I'm surprised he's alive as well. Hopefully he gets better for you.

Clean water and good food is about all you can do. Do you know about water changes and how to keep a tank cycled?

I wouldn't be friends with someone who let a fish (especially an Oscar) get to that state. I probably would have taken the Oscar after I punched the guy in the mouth :P
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JBare replied the topic: Re:Hints to help my new fella

Well, that guy looks awful. I believe clean water and good diet are the best options. Freeze dried Krill soaked in some Boyd ' s will help :-D
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Hints to help my new fella

Looks like he has HITH, ammonia burns, etc.

Best thing you could do for this Oscar is daily 2X 75% water changes, making sure to use a high quality de-chlorinator like AquaSafe or Prime. Clean water will go a LONG way to healing this guy up.

Mouth looks to be a genetic defect, not much to be done about that.

What exactly do you mean by "used" water? If you mean water taken from another established aquarium, this does nothing to speed up the filter cycling process & in fact can be detrimental to your fishes health.

What type of canister? What type of media inside?

Can we see a video of your set-up? Would help tremendously to see what you have exactly.

THOSE WHO REFUSE KNOWLEDGE ARE DOOMED TO FAIL.

WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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Caledo replied the topic: Hints to help my new fella

Thanks for the help, The poor guy was so stressed, still is. He still wont eat. I've tried feeder fish, fresh fish, prawns, meal worms, ciclid gold pellets, other ciclid pellets i have. Nothing :(
Water changes happening everyday. I use prime. The only canister i could safely take from a tank was off my daughters 3ft yabbie tank. It's an aquaone 1000. It has sponge filters and scoria in it. Ive brought another and i'm waiting on it to come .

I thought his mouth was genetic, with how poor the rest of him is i doubted myself. My other Oscars are so much more active, i've never had one like this, or a fish like this, he looks so sad. The bloke i got him off would want to hope i don't come across him again, although could this much harm be caused in 4 or 5 days?
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