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Ammonia-0
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Nitrate-20
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I will try to get a video on soon. I will have to make a YouTube account, I'm just trying to get the room painted and finished up before I get my new tank ahahah and plus a video is hard to take of my Oscar when I put my phone by the tank to take a picture or video he instantly turns sideways and tries to hide.
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Sorry it's not a great video And there is a glare but I think you can still see him mouth/gills going.
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Lammergeier replied the topic: Oscar breathing heavy

I can see what you mean. From that video it doesn't look like your filter is providing much surface agitation, which could mean that he's simply breathing heavier than normal because of a low oxygen % in the water. Can you move your filter so that the outlet creates more surface agitation? Might help.
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I have my water level about 2 inches from the filter so it's a bit of a drop. I forgot to mention too something he kind of looking like he's coughing, that's the best I way I can explain it. It's not often he does that though
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Oscar breathing heavy

I think your fish is getting stressed and irritated from his small confines. From your video, the fish looks physically fine. I bet he settles out in the new tank.


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LeafsFan replied the topic: Oscar breathing heavy

Yeah I think he will do a lot better when I get the new tank set up. I was thinking on getting a power head but the filstar canister has good flow rate so I might pick up one of them volcano bubblers I think it suits my Oscar quite well LOL
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streetsmart73 replied the topic: Oscar breathing heavy

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1. ts, you have one handsome red.
2. honest, I really don't see anything wrong with its breathing or gills.
3. however, the tank size is in question.
4. btw, nice tank setup.

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LeafsFan replied the topic: Oscar breathing heavy

Thanks, that's good to hear I'm always watching hoping he's not sick Ahahah he will probably be in his new 100 gallon this time next week I have a little more work to do in the room and the tank will be here Tuesday and he will have that all too himself. I might leave the 2 inch jack Dempsey in, believe it or not they get along good the jack dempsey sometimes teases him but I know eventually the Oscar will try to eat him so I will keep a close eye LOL
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UNC-CH replied the topic: Oscar breathing heavy

This is just from my own experience ... I've never read it or heard anyone else mention it. I remember my oscar breathing heavy (opening and closing his mouth, working his gills) on three occasions when he was younger. I figured it was due to my overfeeding him. Each time this happened I remembered feeding him way too many crickets or shrimp.

Since it seems you're getting a pretty good waterfall from the filter and your water parameters are looking good, I wonder ... how much are you feeding your oscar?
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jmunroe replied the topic: Oscar breathing heavy

One of the 2 oscars I had before my current one, always was a heavier breather than the other. I suspected slight gill damage when he was young or genetics as being the cause.

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