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I need some help with my Oscar. Had him for a few months, he's about 4-5 inches long and in a 55 gallon tank alone. He gets these raised patches that turn white. This has happened probably 5 or 6 times since I've had him. The day before I notice them he acts like he's dying. Gets real light colored and lays on his side kinda curled up on the bottom of the tank. The next day he's swimming around but I'll see these patches. Any idea what's up and how to fix this. Currently doing aquarium salt and 86 degree water, maybe ick?

He eats mainly frozen bloodworms and frozen shrimp with some broccoli and oranges along with flakes. He refuses to eat pellets.
Ammonia, Nitrates, and Nitrites are all 0. Ph is about 6.8

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Patches

Hello and welcome to the site. What are you using to test your water? Your ammonia and nitrite at 0 is great, but you should have some showing of nitrate. If you are using test strips, you are getting false readings, as the strips are not at all accurate. The API liquid test kit is most recommended for accurate testing. That is not ich, but looks a little like a scrape. What do you do for regular water changes, and what is the filtration on the tank? I would stop using salt and bring the temp gradually back down to 80-82


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UNC-CH replied the topic: Patches

I'm not sure what's causing the patches, but like suprd said, it's definitely not ick so the salt isn't helping. Gradually reduce the salt and the temperature back down. How often are you changing the water and how much at a time?

As mentioned above, something's wrong with your readings. If you're using the API master test kit, you need to closely follow the instructions for the nitrate test or you'll get a false reading.

You say the markings are raised ... maybe another member can tell you what they are.
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Lammergeier replied the topic: Patches

Those patches look like heater burns to me. I'm assuming your heater is not covered? It is definitely not ich, so I 3rd the suggestion to gradually reduce the salt and bring the temp back to 80 - 82.

Up your water change frequency to 50% daily to speed up the healing process if your oscar does get any in the future. Clean water does wonders. I'd also suggest getting a heater guard, and if you have any decor in the tank with particularly sharp edges remove it.
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Poseidon2.0 replied the topic: Patches

Yes, heater burn was my reading too, although he does say they are recurring, which is a bit worrisome. Definitely add covers to the heaters so you can rule that out at least. I also concur with the water changes, Larger and more often will heal it up quickly if burns is all it is.

ETA: Lamm, that is a pretty menacing avatar you have now! Poseidon is a bit worried. . . . :unsure:
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Lammergeier replied the topic: Patches

Yeah it is a concern, but it's my best guess. If they heal over time without medication then it's definitely an injury of some sort, I'm thinking. Could be that he's prone to 'night frights' like Henry is. We've started leaving the laundry light on at night because Henry is so prone to freaking out at night and injuring himself. If this O is freaking out at night he could be wedging himself behind the heater to 'escape' and getting stuck long enough to get singed /shrug.

Poseidon2.0 wrote: ETA: Lamm, that is a pretty menacing avatar you have now! Poseidon is a bit worried. . . . :unsure:


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generaltso replied the topic: Patches

Heater burns make sense to me now. The shape and all that. He used to swim between the heater and the glass when he was small so maybe he still thinks he can. He also likes to hang out by the heater for some reason. I'm gonna get a guard tonight and try the rest of the suggestions regarding salt and temp.

I use the API master test kit. Filter is Fluval 306 canister. Water changes are between 35%-40% every other day.
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UNC-CH replied the topic: Patches

Good to hear you have the API master test kit. I had mentioned earlier that there was something wrong with your readings ... that's because you said that the nitrate was 0. In a cycled tank, you'll get some reading for nitrate. The most likely reason you're getting this reading is because the API nitrate test is finicky and will give false readings if every step isn't followed.
Put 10 drops of nitrate solution #1 into the test tube and cap it. Before putting 10 drops of nitrate solution#2 into the test tube, you have to shake the bottle *vigorously* for 2 minutes. There's a sticky zinc substance in the bottle that doesn't mix well. After putting 10 drops into the test tube, shake the test tube for 1-2 minutes. Wait 5 minutes for the color to develop.
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