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Last night I got 2 large 6 year old tiger oscars. One were told had burned himself on the heater but I dont believe thatd what happened. Ive looked into hole in the head disease and thats what it looks like....any advice? Anyone think its something else[] not sure how tl upload pic but if anyone has suggestions for my topic I can email them
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Hello and welcome. We need to see a pic of the fish. Easiest way to post is thru photobucket. Copy the img code of the pic and paste it into the forum thread box. Answers and advice will follow quickly.


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Pics are easily uploaded via a PhotoBucket account. Download pics to PB, copy IMG code & paste into thread. Videos are easily downloaded via YouTube, downlaod video to YT, copy URL & paste into thread.

We cannot diagnose w/out visual evidence.

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also, does anyone know why their heads look like this? bumpy? I have 5 more Oscars and none of them look like this.

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Those fish have HITH, LLE, & acid burns from being kept long-term in extremely poor water conditions. This can be cured by doing massive daily water changes, on the order of 75%,a long w/ a thorough gravel/sand vacuuming each time. I would also get them on a regimen of freeze-dried krill that has been soaked overnight in a liquid vitamin, such as Boyd's Vita-Chem.

This didn't happen overnight, & will take a very long time to cure. Diligence on your part will be required.

What size aquarium are they in now? What is the filtration? What is the current diet? PH? Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate readings?

Can we see the other 5 Oscars you have?

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I knew it wasnt a heater burn when we got them. They look just awful. They are in a 75 gallon. They now have enough filteration for a 100 gallon tank. When we received them they said they would only eat mealworms...we got them settled in last night and they ate omega one shrimp and large pellets. all of the water readings are good....now. the water they were in was disguting. Ill upload pics in just a minute of the rest.
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Filtration: need to know exactly what you have on that tank.

"all of the water readings are good....now". Need to know exactly what the readings are, & what you are using to determine that.

FYI...although they have been upgraded to a 75GL tank, that is still far too small for 2 Oscars, regardless of filtration. Stocking for robust species such as Oscars is always based on maximum adult size of species to be kept.....& the condition of these Oscars is a prime example of why. 55GL is considered bare-bones minimum for one Oscar, & serious hobbyists know that in reality, it is more on the order of 75GL. I do applaud you for taking them, but in all reality & honesty, you will have to provide each of them w/ their own tank to ensure that they will get the pristine conditions that they will need if you wish to reverse the results of being kept in beyond sub-par conditions for far too long.

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here are my two 3 year olds.
my SD card will not load onto my computer to put the rest of them up.
I will try later.
i will redo the test right now and post them in a few minutes.

i know it is too small, we are planning on upsizing.
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Those guys look VERY bad! How where they housed before??? Also how long are they...surely they must be stunted!

Is the 75 cycled?
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