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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 4:49 pm Post subject: Oscar Reply with quote

 Hi
 
 My  oscar  has  some  problem,  do  not  know  what  it  is.    It  cannot  swim,  sometimes  it  tries  and  reach  the  top  of  the  water  and  then  falls  down  at  then  remains  for  sometime  and  then  tries  again.    After  reaching  the  top  it  tries  to  eat  pellets,  do  not  know  whether  it  is  successful.    This  has  been  happening  for  last  3-4  days.    First  I  thought  it  was  usual  the  oscar  sleeps  on  the  gravel.    Could  anyone  pls  let  me  know  what  could  be  the  problem.
 
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 Hi  Satish,
 
 When  you  post  such  queries,  please  ensure  that  you  mention  
 1.  Tank  dimensions,
 2.  Other  tank  inmates  if  any
 3.  The  size  of  the  fish,
 4  The  feeding  habits  and  the  feed  that  you  use
 5.  How  long  you  are  having  the  fish
 
 Try  to  give  as  much  information  as  possible  so  that  the  experts  will  be  able  to  find  out  the  possible  cause  at  the  earliest.
 
 Hope  your  oscar  gets  well  soon.
 
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 Do  you  see  its  stomach  swollen  or  does  it  do  whitish  Edit,  what  have  you  been  feeding  it  apart  from  pellets...  Confused:
 
 Also  please  answer  Bala_Kavi's  questions  so  that  we  get  a  clear  picture  about  the  condition  of  you  oscar    Exclamation
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 Hi  Bala/Oscar-lover,
 
 1.  It  used  to  be  in  a  48x18x24  tank.    Now  in  a  1  ft  tank.
 2.  2x10"  Paco,  2x4"oscar,2x  jewel  fish,  2x  Albino  Shark,  1xKoi,  Red  Tail  Shark,  Walking  Catfish,  upside  down  etc.    Now  alone  in  a  1ft  tank.
 3.  Nothing  other  than  pellets,  some  times  dry  blood  worms  
 4.  I  had  bought  it  was  around  1  1/2  inch  now  about  5  inches  about  8-9  mths.
 
 No  the  stomach  is  not  swollen,  has  one  small  white  spot.
 
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 Sounds  like  white  spots.    If  the  no.of  spots  increases,  then  its  confirmed.    Methylene  blue  is  the  med  for  white  spots  or  otherwise  called  Ich.    You  can  get  a  commercial  medicine  called  Rid-All  Anti  Ich  or  Waterlife  Protozin.    Protozin  is  the  best  i've  used  but  a  little  costly  and  doesn't  affect  your  bio-bacteria  colony.
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has  one  small  white  spot.  
                 

 
 Is  it  on  the  Fore  head???????
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 hi,
 
 No  on  the  body.    Secondly  M  Blue  is  use  every  time  I  change  the  water.
 
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 Hi  Augustinsat
 
 I  am  no  Oscar  expert,  or  for  that  matter  Cichlid  expert  either  -  but  here's  my  two  pence.
 May  be  your  Oscar  is  simply  depressed  -  after  having  been  removed  from  the  community  (not  unless  you  removed  him  becoz  you  found  him  to  be  sick).  And  moreover  1ft  tank  I  guess  is  too  small  for  a  fish  like  Oscar  -  may  be  you  should  consider  something  bigger.
 
 Hope  your  oscar  gets  well  soon  (and  just  one  white  spot  couldn't  be  Ich  IMHO)
 
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 Satish  you  could  please  let  us  know  the  reason  for  you  to  shift  the  Oscar  to  a  small  one.
 is  it  the  hopital  tank?  Have  you  tried  any  medicine  yet?
 And  could  you  check  and  let  us  know  if  any  of  the  other  fish  are  affected.
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 White  spots  could  be  a  reason  as  Madhu  mentioned,  if  the  spots  dont  increase  in  a  period  of  time  then  try  dosing  the  oscar  with  Epsom  salt  (1  tblspn/10  gal)
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 Satish,
 
 Here  goes...
 
 1)  If  you  have  a  thermostat,  raise  the  temperature  to  30  and  add  a  handful    or  two  of  rock  salt  (available  in  every  provision  store).
 
 2)  Genation  Violet  is  the  medication  that  I  have  used  (2  -  3)  drops  for  2  -  3  days  for  a  1  foot  tank.  I  have  tried  this  before  for  my  oscars  without  any  problems.  Genation  Violet  is  available  in  any  medical  shop  for  Rs.  10/-  or  less  (I  got  it  for  Rs  7/-).    
 
 The  above  are  in  the  order  you  should  try,  simply  because  I  believe  in  using  as  few  chemicals  for  treatment  as  possible....
 
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 First  i  am  not  a  exp  one  i  keeping  this  fish  
 
 BUt
 
 i  think  u  can  give  your  fish  salt  dip  for  a  week  on  alternative  days  becoz  it  will  be  stress  ful  for  your  fish(or  for  2  weeks  if  your  fish  progress  is  slow)
 
 1.5  table  spoon  of  rock  salt  for  25  lts
 
 duration  10  to  30  mins
 
 after  the  treatment  is  over  decrese  the  concentratrion  of  salt  in  the  buket  by  adding  new  fresh  water.  And  then  throw  your  oscer  back  to  its  tank.
 
 it  is  better  to  use  the  old  water  in  the  tank  for  this  salt  dip.(old  water  found  in  her  tank)
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 Pandian,
 
 For  a  non-expert  you  give  good  advice...    Very Happy  
 
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 1.  It  used  to  be  in  a  48x18x24  tank.    Now  in  a  1  ft  tank.
                 

 
 This  is  the  reason  for  the  stress.    Oscars  when  put  alone  in  a  small  tank  gets  very  very  passive  and  lies  in  a  corner  and  even  loose  apetite.    Oscars  should  not  be  put  in  a  tank  any  smaller  than  a  4  feeter  or  alone.
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 For  a  5  inch  oscar,  a  1  foot  tank  is  more  than  cramped.    its  torture.    either  put  it  back  in  the  4  footer  or  get  another  tank.    in  a  1  foot  tank,  it  won't  have  any  room  to  move  freely  and  will  sulk  badly.  ..
 
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