Does bacterial bloom affect fish health?

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My tank has been hit with a bacterial bloom a day ago and since then the oscar has been somewhat docile. He sits either right at the bottom or right at the top of the tank not really swimming around as much as normal. Was just wondering if this was caused by the bloom or am i dealing with a few problems at once. I just started the increase of water changes.
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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:Does bacterial bloom affect fish health?

Have you tested the water ?
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yep! i used strips though and i was just made aware that those are in fact inaccurate so i cant really be sure. According to the strips though all the levels are fine. Theres no markings or cloudiness on the fish itself and the firemouth i have in there doesnt seem to be affected at all.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Does bacterial bloom affect fish health?

Bacterial bloom is often associated with an overwhelming of your bio filtration. Proper test kit needed asap. Meanwhile, change water, nothing but benefit doing a water change.


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Sockfuzz replied the topic: Does bacterial bloom affect fish health?

yes im going to get a test kit tomorrow i didnt realize about the strips until after the store was closed. And thank you for the quick responses everyone!
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Does bacterial bloom affect fish health?

Hey, I see you are from Canada, as am I. Where you at? I'm North Ontario. It aint warm.


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Sockfuzz replied the topic: Does bacterial bloom affect fish health?

I am in southern ontario. By niagara falls. how about you? and oh yeah its pretty cold out lately
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Sockfuzz replied the topic: Re:Does bacterial bloom affect fish health?

So I did a 50% water change last night and stopped the feeding in order to battle the bloom. I woke up this morning for work and my oscar was swimming around again but his colour drastically changed. What did I do or what can I do? Also I've read a bunch of different things for water changes, what's recommended on the norm for 1 oscar living with a fire mouth. I'm posting a before and after pic, if they don't work I'll redo it when I'm home from work.

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UNC-CH replied the topic: Does bacterial bloom affect fish health?

I think you may have had another oscar in there that you didn't know about. Those are two different baby oscars. One is a regular tiger oscar, the other is an albino or lutino oscar.
The best thing to do until the filter has cycled is to keep up with 50% water changes to keep ammonia and nitrite levels down. I'm not sure what size tank you have. If the tank is too small, you'll need to perform more water changes. I'd recommend getting an api master test kit (freshwater) so you'll know how often to change the water.
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Sockfuzz replied the topic: Re:Does bacterial bloom affect fish health?

That is the same fish hence my concern lol but I appreciate the feedback
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