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Funky skin thing with my Oscar...

11 years 2 weeks ago #24097 by baldtaxguy
Replied by baldtaxguy on topic Funky skin thing with my Oscar...
Good job on the Tropheus - never kept them but understand they are a challenge, or maybe for some  ;)

One item you mentioned - the fish you feed the oscar - from your stock, or from a lfs?  If the latter, sometimes a condition could be picked up from the feeders.  You probably heard this before, but just another thought.

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11 years 2 weeks ago #24090 by Tori
Thanks again guys. I'm going to do all of the things you said. Only thing is that I won't be able to introduce the other fish into his tank, I'll have to put him back in their's. I only have 30g avail for treating him in and no way all of them can live in there. Bad enough they're all in a 55.
Baldtaxguy~ I feed him pellets and flakes~ not much frozen stuff cuz it's so messy and the tank is overloaded as it is. I give him fish once in a while, but haven't for a long time.
I bought him on a whim and didn't really know sh*t about oscars, as most new cich hobbyists. He was all tiny in a tank all by himself and looked at me with the goofy oscar eyes and I couldn't resist. Now he's big enough to fry up! Ha!!

I am proud to say though, that my Tropheus colony is absolutely wonderful and getting big!!

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11 years 3 weeks ago #24081 by baldtaxguy
Replied by baldtaxguy on topic Funky skin thing with my Oscar...
"Tori" -

I think you have good suggestions all around here and would second the salt, in a separate tank, with melafix, and no carbon.  I would also offer stepping up water changes during the healing process every other day and then weekly going forward (not sure how frequent you were changing the water).  Not sure of what you are feeding, but the diet should be varied.  Mix frozen (anything) with any pellet.  Jehmco once had a smelly oscar pellet that is worth the price.  My experience is that this is stress related and if you are planning on getting the group back together, introduce the fish to his tank, one per week.

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11 years 3 weeks ago - 11 years 3 weeks ago #24079 by Tori
Bob, you're such a d*rk, you write "Tori,"

Thanks for the loaner tank offer, I have one I can use. And thanks for the advice guys~ I am going to do this. I've tried to take pics, but you can never really see that well what it looks like. I bought the Melafix and put some in his tank tonight and I'll set up the hospital tank later today or Weds. :)
I use salt in all my tanks anyway, should I use more for him?
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11 years 3 weeks ago #24078 by sawboy2
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Tori, like Kegger said, make sure the carbon ain't in there or the meds are for naught. My recommendation..... Put the Oscar in his own tank with Melafix, massive aeration with airstones only, and well salted water at a temp of 78*. If you need a loaner tank, lemme know. I have an empty 30 you can borrow.

Also, pics would he a HUGE bonus!

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11 years 3 weeks ago #24077 by Kegger22
just to make sure, when you said you tried everything under the sun did you take the carbon out of your filters when you treated them?

also, try salt it helps kill stuff off and aids in healing

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11 years 3 weeks ago - 11 years 3 weeks ago #24076 by Tori

Hey boys, it's been forever since I've been in the loop and I have a dilema I hope ya'll can help me with.
I have an Oscar with a condition~ it appears as though his skin is just being "eaten away" for lack of a better term. Started with his tail and one gill. Just keeps receding. I made all of the typical assumptions~ dirty water, hole in the head, disease, parasites, fungus, etc and treated the tank for everything under the sun. Not only is he not healing, but keeps getting worse!! There are also two severums, a Firemouth and a Long Fin Pelvic in the tank and they are all perfectly normal looking and acting. The tank is a 55 with two double bio wheel hang on filters and I do water changes and clean the filters about every other week. I realize this is too many fish for 55 so please don't start going off on me about that!! I just want my Oscar to get better! Thanks men...


Oh, I just read about Melafix, I'm gonna try that next..!

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