Baby oscar looking ill

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A few days ago I was given a baby oscar from a friend who (sensibly) decided he could no longer look after it. The oscar is a little over 2 inches long and was swimming happily in his tank eating guppies and had done so for about a week or two. He happily took pellets from my hand before I scooped him up to bring home and was not at all shy.

Since I have brought him home 2 or 3 days ago he no longer swims much. He mostly lays on his side and hides in the tank. He has refused to eat anything since I got him.

My tank was set up with endler's livebearers for the past year so should be completely cycled. I did a 50% water change before adding the oscar and removed the endlers. The water parameters are all fine (0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrite, 10 Nitrate). The filter is >10 years old so I don't remember the brand etc but seems to be running ok. I have been doing 20% water changes each day.

Is there anything I can do or should be doing for this little guy? I would hate to 'rescue' an oscar and then have it die. He does not look at all happy, very different from the fish I caught to bring home with me.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Baby oscar looking ill

what size was the tank he was in before? what size is the current tank?
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kjohnsonjazz replied the topic: Baby oscar looking ill

Is the temperature different between what he had and what you have? What temperature are you keeping the tank. What tank size is it? Can you post a couple of pictures of the fish? Maybe someone will notice something that is off. These are just the things that come to mind.
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Sorry, I meant to mention this but forgot. The tank he is currently in is roughly 55 gallons, the one he came from was very small, perhaps 5 or 8 gallons. The pH is about 7.6 which is not tampered with at all.

The tank he came from had guppies as well as small pond snails. The guppies appear to be healthy enough from what I could see.

The temperature is a bit high, 27C or 80F, but there is no way to keep it below this. The first night the temperature dropped to about 21C or 69F but it climbed slowly and is stable now. I am worried that the drop in temperature could have caused some problem.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Baby oscar looking ill

Oscars can handle an overnight 5 degree drop. 75f-80f is well within their temperature range, so no need to lower the temp from 80 f.

Give him a week to adjust and keep the lights off. Keep him on a pellet diet.
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UNC-CH replied the topic: Baby oscar looking ill

It's likely that he's stressed from the move into a new tank and from the temperature drop. Oscars can sometimes sulk so much that you might think something's terribly wrong but they come around. As rocksor said, give it some time and keep an eye out for any changes.
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noodle replied the topic: Baby oscar looking ill

Thank you for the reassurance. I had hoped that would be the case. For the first hour or so it was swimming around normally but if it could see me, even from a distance, it would sink to the bottom and look dead. I have not seen it swim today so started to worry. Once again thank you for your help.
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Last night I noticed that the oscar has white stringy poo dragging behind it. It also seems to be almost interested in food but does not eat. I think that sounds a lot like a parasite.

I went to the pet store, the closest thing they had to treat parasites was called "bactonex" with the active ingredients of aminacrine hydrochloride and methylene blue.

Would treating with this help the oscar? Would it hurt the oscar? I assume that after it is added I keep doing daily water changes and add the product to the new water?

I forgot to mention that there is a bristlenose catfish currently in the tank (I kind of forgot about him, he is larger than the oscar so can stay for now), would this medication affect him?
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UNC-CH replied the topic: Baby oscar looking ill

You'll need to remove any carbon filters. About the water changes, it should mention that in the directions. I've never used that one so I'm not sure.

My dad had some mollies with the same thing. I treated them with api general cure and it cleared it right up. Metronidazole and praziquantel.
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