Loss of appetite

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My oscar seemed to have developed a loss of appetite. Usually when I would feed him he would swim right up to the top waiting for the food. But lately he won't even swim to the top to get fed. It's been going on a little over a week now.

Water parameters are all good and the same as they have normally been.

Is this fish sick perhaps? He looks in good health..

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Have you got any other fish? If so, how are they behaving? Stop feeding for a day or two and then try and introduce food again, or put something in that the Oscar hasn't seen before and see what happens.

You say you water conditions are good, I assume that ammonia and nitrites are at zero and nitrates aren't any higher than 40 ppm? In the pH is okay between six and eight

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There are no other fish. Ammonia and nitrite are 0. Nitrates are under 20 always. I will check the ph and try throwing something In he hasn't eaten before. Thanks!

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I don't know anyone who keeps Oscars who has encountered this exact thing before. Oscars are weird fish and sometimes they will suddenly start turning their noses up the food that you put in. In most cases they don't show any signs of ill-health, they are just behaving like awkward little children that suddenly get fussy about food.

Believe it or not but fish can survive without eating anything for a long long time. So even if your fish eats hardly anything in a week, it's not going to turn up and die. I treat Oscars like petulant little children. If they suddenly don't want to keep the expensive food I have bought them and they will get nothing. In a lot of cases a couple of days starvation will normally get them finding their appetite again. However, sometimes they can be extremely stubborn..

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You don't know anyone who hasent* encountered this?

So eventually it will just start eating again? It still acts normal in the tank, like trying to bite the rocks and fight it's reflection. But when I walk up to the tank he dosnt come swimming up to the lid waiting for food. And this fish normally about jumps out of the tank when I approach with food.

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