Rescued an Oscar, what's wrong with his lower lip/chin?

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Hi forum members, it's a pleasure to be a part of this group. I have recently taken possession of an Oscar from a colleague who was not prepared to care for such a fish.

I temporarily have him in my son's (really mine) 40 gal breeder tank. Filtration is a fluval u4, and an fx6.

I am ordering a 180 gal tank and stand from our local fish store (big al's), at which time the fx6 will be moving over. Right now the tank mates are one blue crawfish, one orange crawfish, and an electric blue acara. Everyone seems happy in the tank. Tank is fully cycled with ammonia at 0, nitrites at 0, nitrates are around 30ppm?

Oscar is acting normal, has a great appetite for the hikari gold I feed him. Everything is great, except his bottom lip/chin look split and swollen. It's hard to explain, but the chin is fleshy pink color, and the bottom lip looks split almost down the middle. The pictures I see of healthy oscars do not look like this.

I will attempt to attach a photo. Please bare with me it's my first post
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/bng78/15416868809/

Hanging out in his tank
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tehmole replied the topic: Rescued an Oscar, what's wrong with his lower lip/chin?

welcome to OFL ~ good job on rescuing that little guy ...

he's looking good ... i'm afraid of that crayfish - he got some nice pinchers ... that 180 will do nicely for that O
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Rocksor replied the topic: Rescued an Oscar, what's wrong with his lower lip/chin?

It looks like a deformity. There is an odd split in the middle of his lower jaw.
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Piranhabill replied the topic: Rescued an Oscar, what's wrong with his lower lip/chin?

Thanks for the feedback. I will post a better picture in a bit. Had to step out for a second.
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ernie replied the topic: Re:Rescued an Oscar, what's wrong with his lower lip/chin?

Welcome to OFL congrats on the rescue. As Rocksor has said looking like a deformity the good thing is it hasn't put him off his food. You may have to consider keeping him on his own in the 180g due to his mouth. Oscars are very territorial and will fight to protect their space, this will be difficult for this fish and may cause some serious damage.
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closer pic. thanks for any feedback. looks like the concensus is a deformity.
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Rescued an Oscar, what's wrong with his lower lip/chin?

Deformity or not, just know that as he gets bigger, those crayfish will be on the menu.

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Piranhabill replied the topic: Rescued an Oscar, what's wrong with his lower lip/chin?

Yes, they may have to come out. i have a 10 gal I can put them into. My progression has been 10->40->180gal. Or leave them in and let the Oscar get his revenge. He's been nipped a couple times already. I was planning a peacock/hap cichlid tank for the 180... Now with this Oscar, I'm not sure. Maybe I'll just foster him until I know he's going to a good proper home.

Side note, yes that is a cobra replica. My other baby. Haha.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Rescued an Oscar, what's wrong with his lower lip/chin?

Hello and welcome to OFL. You in S.Ontario? I'm a bit north, but get my tanks from BigAls Barrie.


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